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Date: October 22, 2019

THE NEW-RIGHT BIKER Violent Voice of Fascism


For all the big type of the headline, this is actually a very small ‘article’… it’s but a single column, comprised solely and only of a motorcycle gang member’s recruitment pitch.  However, we felt its portent loomed large… that it was, in actuality, a real and developing threat to our democracy.
Of course, at that time, if the mainstream papers had come to the same conclusion they were unlikely to put it in print for the public. Therefore, you can read our Los Angeles Free Press Front Page from all the way across the street.
And, a mere 22 years later, the California Department of Justice, Bureau of Organized Crime and Criminal Intelligence, backed us up with their release of the Report given that year at the National Law Enforcement Intelligence Units’ Seminar. However, there was a caveat to that release – “The information contained in the report is for the restricted use of law enforcement personnel only.”.
2 chuckles from it, maybe 3. The first, it was the 1945ish transplanted Pissed Off Bastards of Bloomington who brought the violent motorcycle gang culture to sunny California. That begat 2 terms you hear nowadays, but may not know of their use back then: the acronym OMG (for Outlaw Motorcycle Gang), and the 1948 moniker of “the 1 percenters”.
These 2 terms are still used by law enforcement agencies and the gangs themselves; they are definitive terms. In other words, strictly speaking, they both agree that these motorcycle clubs are outlaws – they neither belong to nor abide by the rules of the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) – and that only one percent of motorcyclists belong to those clubs.
But the broader understanding, per the recruitment pitch published here and a wide variety of contemporary documentation, is that
*they don’t ‘just’ rue the the rules of the AMA, they intentionally break them – and many others.
*Violence IS their way. In fact – within that ‘broader understanding’, “1%er” actually designates a dangerous human being (i.e. re: that ‘other documentation’ – there’s even instruction for emergency room personnel not only on how to handle, for their own safety, a wounded MCG Member – apparently frequent patients – but so that they don’t set off the ‘family’ that follows! Respect for each gang’s own ‘culture’ – their customs of greeting one another, the pecking order of members, the status of women, and so on – and their ‘colors’, including symbols, jackets, and patches worn with pride, i.e. a ‘1%er'(for prone to violence), could be the difference between safe and very, very sorry.
*Most chilling, they maintain a military order, and White Supremacy then, now, and forever is their goal.
It was for these reasons that we choose this particular story as our lead back in 1969. And why, on this 50th year anniversary, we can add it to our long list of remarkably prescient articles: MCGs are now an even greater threat to our democracy.
Explain that?
OK, but first, and only for a moment, let’s go back to 1948, California… just so you’re not left up in the air about what happened to those Pissed Off Bastards of Bloomington. In Fontana, practically in our backyard, tho the LA FP did not arrive in LA till 1964, some of those Bastards got together and formed the Hells Angeles. And by 1966, the 3 other OMGs – the Pagans, the Outlaws, and the Bandidos – of the Big Four, were all up and running, as well. The chance to nip a bad seed in the bud was gone.
So today, besides the hundreds of ‘Charters’ of these Clubs here in America – and their nearly half a million Members – there are hundreds of Charters around the world. In fact, since 1969, the year of this Issue, the Hells Angeles themselves have established more than 300 Charters in Europe alone. Charters were issued in Australia by the end of the 70’s, in South America by the mid 80’s, in South Africa by the early 90’s and, in 2009, their first one was issued in a Muslim country, Turkey. Of course, other countries came on before ’69 – New Zealand in 1961, for example – and many in the 2010’s. And, remember, this is just the Hells Angels’ worldwide expansion.
Two more of the Big 4 OMGs also have, in total, hundreds of international Chapters. Then there are the dozens upon dozens of OMGs that are homebodies, mostly established in the central and western states. While the remaining 1 of the Big Four – the Pagans – have simply laid claim to the entire East Coast – and Puerto Rico.
It all comes together now, in 2019, with greater relevancy like this:
While our 1969 article exposed that the principles of MCGs were the antithesis of American values and warned that if their recruitment drive were successful our democracy was in danger, at that point, the MCGs were separate entities. In fact, they were at war with one another. Their commonality was limited to the above factors, and just one more – their crime was, mostly, petty, their trade marked by brutality, they had no business models to develop. In the ’70’s, still as warring entities, small time activities of prostitution, theft, and ‘protection, turned into larger enterprises. The Big Four, either through their large territorial claims and/or their international connections brought illicit drug dealing to the fore, and there was enough money to make laundering it into a business of its own. In sum, but still as separate gangs, they came into the 2000’s with more than a billion dollars in annual revenue.
Could they have made more as one big, happy family? Seems likely, but just as unlikely that any club would give up its ‘culture’, ‘colors’, or ‘territory’ to any other club. I will venture to say that while we saw that recruits to each club would rip holes in the fabric of communities, tearing down the rights of locals who were ‘different’, the gays, the black, the immigrated – the anybody but white – I don’t believe that when this article was first published that we ever imagined that here, in America, there would ever be a leader who could possibly bring all of the MCGs together, unite them in purpose. It would be synergistic, a force greater than the power of the individual entities, to the benefit them all. It would be transformative. It would present a clear and present danger to the entire nation IF, as we did imagine, their membership grew.
But there was no such leader in mind. Now, there is…

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/full-throttle-bikers-for-trump-has-big-plans
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jul/02/bikers-for-trump-support-laconia-motorcycle-week

Phil Drucker’s Rant for 10-22-19: “Hack-ack-ack-ack”


Today, I start with a simple, easily answered question followed by another inquiry that at this moment appears to be of infinite complexity.
Q1: Does the word “cyber” appear in the black letter text of the US Constitution? The answer is an easily ascertainable and definite “no.” The closest early American touchpoint we have is Ben Franklin’s kite/key trying to catch lightning in a bottle lucky he didn’t electrocute himself experiment into the working of electricity.
Q2: Should Congress begin legislating for the cyber realities of tomorrow that I would argue are already here today? My answer would be not only “yes,” but I would emphatically add as soon as possible, and in no instance later than the beginning of the 2020 Presidential election. Our very lives and future as a planet may depend upon it.

So, where do we start? I would start with the redefinition of a word that does appear in the Constitution. War, as in Congress’ power to declare.

Congress has not officially declared war since June 5, 1942 when, by joint resolution, both houses of Congress declared war on Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania.

https://www.senate.gov/pagelayout/history/h_multi_sections_and_teasers/WarDeclarationsbyCongress.htm

Since that time, Presidents from Truman to Kennedy to Bush have referred to their lack of actual Congressional approval to assume the role of acting commander in chief has been “politely” sidestepped by using a series of euphemisms for War. Truman called the Korean War a “police action” sanctioned under the auspices of the United Nations.

https://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/korean-conflict

In 1964 Congress passed the “Gulf of Tonkin Resolution” that authorized the president to take all necessary measures, including “the use of armed force” in the fight against the perceived threat of Communist domination in South East Asia.

https://history.state.gov/milestones/1961-1968/gulf-of-tonkin

In 2002, Congress passed the “Iraq Resolution” as an “Authorization for Use of Military Force” and away went George “I’m a war president” Bush No. II.

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/107/hjres114

Not an actual Congressional Declaration of War in sight.

Regardless of what they may call it, it is essential Congress assert its power to include declarations of war with computer programs, viruses, hackers, and bots taking the place of soldiers battling on the field of cyberspace. The sooner the better. It is cyber suicide not to.

Everything is computerized including many of the classic attack targets of all-out war. More importantly, we are vulnerable. What would happen if the following, all online and subject to cyber-attack were disrupted or taken “off-line”? It could happen.

· Power Grids
https://www.techtimes.com/articles/245271/20190908/first-of-its-kind-cyberattack-hits-us-power-grid-report.htm

· Water
https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/checkpoint-washington/post/foreign-hackers-broke-into-illinois-water-plant-control-system-industry-expert-says/2011/11/18/gIQAgmTZYN_blog.html

· Communications
https://fcw.com/articles/2018/03/28/csric-diameter-ss7-cyber.aspx (G5?)

· Economic/Online Retailers (aka life without Amazon)
https://www.statista.com/statistics/183755/number-of-us-internet-shoppers-since-2009/

https://www.digitalcommerce360.com/2019/03/26/millennials-online-shopping/

Why I dare say we’d be reduced to reading the LA Free Press by candlelight (the “paper” edition, that is!). In-light-of the likelihood of a severe cyber interruption with our basic functions of life, I would posit all the fuss concerning hacking into social media sites, Facebook is, if not misplaced, a bit over the wrought top. But interference with our elections? That is a different matter entirely. How can we ensure the basic accuracy, reliability and integrity of our elections? Let me ask you another question, this time a not so simple one.

What is more troubling, the FACT that Russian interfered in our 2016 Presidential election, or that the benefitted candidate has every intention of “aiding and abetting” a foreign nation (Russia) to do it again in 2020?
I would opt for the latter. In an effort to stop what we know is going to happen, may I suggest the Constitutional remedy most readily available? Treason. Treason is the only criminal felony defined in the Constitution. All we need to employ it against Trump and his merry band of traitors when they are “aiding the enemy” is a declaration of war.

https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/articleiii

Constitutional treason by aiding the enemy is judicially interpreted as only possible during a time of declared war. In short, meaning you need an identified, declared enemy to aid or abet. So, before the next election cycle, why not declare cyber war against Russia? Before all the fun and games and well, treason begins. We have already seen and felt the effects of Cyber War. It is a real and serious threat to our democracy. Isn’t it time we began to take it seriously? Before it’s too late, again?

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[Ed.’s Note: Today is the day that Professor Philip Drucker graduated from being a Guest Columnist on ‘Today’s Rant’ to ranting on his own at ‘Phil Drucker’s Rant’.  Not only is his quick rise as a thinker of note notable, but he is now among the past notable Columnists of the LA Free Press.

To wit (as some legal scholars might say), here are some of them: Charles Bukowski, Earl Ofari Hutchinson, Gene Youngblood, Harlan Ellison, Lawrence Lipton, Liza Williams, and Paul Schrader.]