Thursday, July 28, 2005

The Petal Paper ...

There were so few journalists in Mississippi when they were needed the most.

But Percy Dale East, editor and publisher of a weekly paper really knew how to make his presence known ...

Dale later wrote an autobiography - "The Magnolia Jungle" - that captured national interest and caught the eye of Sovereignty Commission investigators, too.

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Sovereignty Commission Online

Are there Mississippi ties to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy? Sovereignty Records reveal some interesting possibilities...

This records takes at look at "Thomas Edward Beckham" who was "suspected of having former contacts as being in the possession of valuable information" by then Louisiana District Attorney Jim Garrison.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Eugenics, The Pioneer Fund and Mississippi

Date: Wed, 15 Feb 1995 16:21:46 -0800 Subject: Pioneer Fund, 187 and Eugenics The Pioneer: "Question: What do the following interrlated things have in common?

1) Proposition 187 on the California Ballot: The Illegal Immigrants Law?
2) Oliver J. North, the current Va. Senatorial candidate and convicted felon?
3) The current book: 'The Bell Curve' by Chas. Murray and Richard Hernnstein?
4) Adolph Hitler's Laws against the Prevention of Hereditarily Ill Progeny?
5) Numerous acts of Civil Rights violence during the 1960's and 1970's?
6) William Shockley's studies on the alleged genetic inferiority of blacks?
7) The Lynchburg Colony in Va. where over 8,000 were involuntarily sterilized?
8) All of the successful Senate campaigns of North Carolina Sen. Jesse Helms.
9) The attempted takeover of CBS in 1985 led by Jesse Helms and Thomas Ellis.
10) The violent strike busting tactics that occurred at J.P. Stevens in N.C.?
11) American Mercury, the anti-everything Birchite magazine of Liberty Lobby?
12) Human Events, the reactionary right-wing publication of the 40's and 50's?
13) International Association for the Advancement of Eugenics and Ethnology?
14) The McCarran-Walter Act, the McCarran-Wood Act, the Taft-Hartley Act?
15) The character assassination plot against Alger T. Hiss by Nathaniel Weyl?
16) Pogroms by Joseph McCarthy, HUAC and Senate Internal Security Committees?
17) The plot to terminate with prejudice the President of the United States?
18) The Liberty Lobby, the John Birch Society and the Constitution Party?

Answer: They ALL received funding, either partly or completely, from:

'THE PIONEER FUND', an IRS tax-exempt foundation and trust ..."

Of which:

Sen. James O. Eastland was a member of the fund's board of directors, helping to bring millions of dollars of Draper money into Mississippi to help fund the state's fight against civil rights and to directly fund the first dozen private, segregated white academies.

This is an organization with a long history in Mississippi, a relationship that continues ...

While Draper is not to be found in the Sovereignty Commission files, records involving Draper's lawyer (Harry Weyher) are easy to look up ... Weyher

More Weyher ...

(This topic is covered further in 'Where Rebels Roost, Mississippi Civil Rights Revisited.')

Politics of Tokenism in Mississippi's Delta

Sovereignty Commission Online
Following Brown v Topeka, researchers for the U. S. Office of Education performed ten studies thrughout the country looking at school integration. One nine-page report by sociologists from the University of Wisconsin was placed into Sovereignty Commission files by Erle Johnston.

"Token school desegregation comes to the Delta, but quality and opportunity are still low," Michael Aiken and N. J. Demerath III reported.

Monday, July 18, 2005

Sovereignty Commission Online/ M. G. Lowman "FOS"

M. G. Lowman, a friend of John Satterfield, made numerous "runs" around Mississippi to speak out against communists and the Methodist Church, among other topics. The Sovereignty Commission provided his transportation, using a civil defense vehicle and sovereignty commission agent (reported in various sovereignty commission files under M. G. Lowman).

On a social network diagram using "proximity software" connections are made between the Lowman, the Liberty Lobby, John Satterfield (former ABA head, led state battle against the Civil Rights Act of 1964, "worked" for the Sovereignty Commission), Guy Banister (implicated in the Kennedy assassination, friend of John D. Sullivan), Willis Carto and the American Committee to Free Cuba. The software that I refer to is found at

In the following document, Lowman lies about receiving any assistance from the Sovereignty Commission:

Continued ...

Sovereignty Commission Online

Sovereignty Commission Online
"Communism in the Methodist Church," a 12-page speech by John W. Moore before the Brookhaven, Mississippi congregation. The name M. G.Lowman is mentioned, a name that is interestingly linked with John Satterfield...

Go here ...

Friday, July 15, 2005

Confessions of the Emmett Till Killers

Emmett Till Case:

"I read the 'Confessions' of the killers of Till. It is a chilling account of how peckerwoods in the South think and act. There is one puzzling aspect of the ' Confessions' that I can't fathom. Why would any young person raised in the south urge a (relative?) young boy on to certain danger by daring him to try and court a white woman. This doesn't ring true.

"Bobo's mother tried to instill in him how dangerous the South was. It is quite possible that Bo would test the dangerous waters of the Southland being from up North. But would a group of young blacks, primarily black boys, raised under the pall of white hot racism do such a thing? Remember, these kids did not think of racism as some kind of imaginary bogey man.

"They had seen the fear in the eyes of their own fathers and grandfathers. Robert Johnson, the blues singer, called white racism a hell hound bent on tearing a black man to pieces. They-themselves-knew what segregation meant.

"There are several other aspects of the ' Confessions' that I also find troubling. The idea that Till was not afraid contradicts the earlier statement that he 'wanted to go home.' The whole idea that they were out to frighten Bo doesn't make sense. When they entered his room in darkness, Bo had to be frightened. He would have undoubtedly known that something was up when his killers did not 'whip' him on the spot. He had most likely been infected by the fear of those around him"

Continued ...

Sovereignty Commission Report, 1964-1967

Sovereignty Commission Online

"The Civil Rights Act of 1964 as passed by the Congress is the law of the land and Mississippi knows it. Most Mississippians do not like the new law." Governor Paul Johnson

18-page report, covering period of 1964-1967, Sovereignty Commission

Continue ...

Monday, July 11, 2005

Sovereignty Commission Online

Sovereignty Commission Online

Always intriguing, working for the right to vote in Mississippi. In this Sovereignty Commission report, an outsider from Harvard University comes into Leflore County to do an investigation ...

Continued ...

United Front Against Integration


Ben Greenberg at HungryBlues has been looking into the Sovereignty Commission. At one point, the hope was for all of the Southern States to "become sovereign" as well, with their own Commission structures:

"Spirit Of Cooperation

JAY HUGHES, Associated Press Writer
(03-18) 14:24:14 - 1998

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Even as the tide of civil rights swelled in the late 1960s, Southern states linked forces to mount a unified front against integration. "

Continued ...

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Sovereignty Commission Online

Sovereignty Commission Online

Charlie Capps, head of the state Sheriff's Association in 1964, called on his fellow officers to support Sheriff Rainey of Neshoba County after he was arrested and charged with involvement in the Schwerner, Chaney and Goodman murder.

"Sheriff Rainey needs our help... Also, you know Sheriff (Odell) Anders down in Natchez. They've got him in the middle down there."

Continue ...

Monday, July 04, 2005

"Partial List of Racial Murders" listed by the Sovereignty Commission

HungryBlues: Susan Klopfer's third blog: Mississippi Sovereignty Commission:

Here is a "Partial list of racial murders" contained in Sovereignty Commission Files. The more I look at these files, the angrier I get at media reporters who termed these files nothing more than "keystone cops" at work. I've never noticed keystone cops getting into murder...

Go Here ...

"Follow the Money" (Now where have we heard this before?)

Sovereignty Commission Online

Like they say, follow the money ...

Erle Johnston got upset when an enterprising reporter, Ben Franklin (no kidding), NYT found the Sovereignty Commission laundering money...

Continue ...

Sovereignty Commission Online

Sovereignty Commission Online

Here is quite an amazing 5-page letter written by John Synon (head of CCFAF, the organization funded by Wycliffe Draper and the Citizens Councils to fight the Civil Rights Act of 1964). It calls for a "continuing" organization ...

Continue ...

Reports detail another incident

Reports detail another incident:
(Not a Sovereignty Commission story, but interesting anyway ...)

"Reports detail another incident
The Natchez Democrat

CENTREVILLE -- Allegations of the mass slaughter of black soldiers by military police at Camp Van Dorn in 1943 have never been proven. And the Army claims to have conducted an extensive study in 1999 refuting those allegations.

But military police were involved in at least one wrongful act at Camp Van Dorn, the Centreville Jeffersonian reported in its July 14, 1944 editions.
According to the report, Major Louis R. Lefkoff, 34, of Atlanta, was court-martialed and found guilty of ordering the flogging of several soldiers confined at the Camp Van Dorn stockade.

Testimony at Lefkoff's trial showed six white prisoners and three black prisoners were beaten at Lefkoff's command after being labeled 'trouble-makers.'
Military police carried out the corporal punishment -- forbidden by the military -- after a stockade guard refused to comply with Lefkoff's order, the report stated."

Sunday, July 03, 2005

Sovereignty Commission Online

Sovereignty Commission Online

Constable tags visiting black attorney for a "whipping." Must spend four months in an integrated federal prison.

Here's some advice he receives from a Sovereignty Commission agent...

Sovereignty Commission Online

Sovereignty Commission Online
A COINTELPRO operation mounted against Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.? With assistance from a Sovereignty Commission agent (formerly of the FBI)? Leaves one wondering just who Mr. Scarbrough was taking his orders from ...

Continued ..

Friday, July 01, 2005

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Book Announcement:

Where Rebels Roost, Mississippi Civil Rights Revisited
is now available in book and/or a download PDF file.

You can use this link
to order directly from the publisher

OR choose this link to read the foreword (and then order). Cards and PayPal are accepted. If this doesn't work for you, send me e-mail.

After 23 months of research and writing, Where Rebels Roost features

--A Nine-page Selected Bibliography/Citations: 73 Books; 3 Dissertations; 47 Articles; 32 Collections, Interviews, Oral Histories

--Twenty-pages/ Lists of Dead/References 900+ names and information of African Americans lynched and murdered in Mississippi from 1870 to 1970 (references Southern Law & Poverty Center, NAACP, Tuskegee Institute, individual family and friends, personal research)

--Sixteen-page/160+ Names of Emmett Till Principles/Names and biographies of people close to this case, from lawyers, witnesses, judges and jurors to police, politicians, friends and families.

--And over one hundred specific Sovereignty Commission Documents, cited with references given (plus over 1,000 footnotes!),

But more important are the stories of some very unique, persevering and brave people – stories that deserve to be told. I hope you enjoy this read as much as I've enjoyed writing it.

Email me if you have any questions.