James Pastor, author of the new book You Say You Want a Revolution: A Compelling and Cautionary Tale of What Lies Ahead, was part of a Chicago police unit investigating the first American citizens plotting to commit terrorist acts in their country on behalf of a foreign government in exchange for money.
The foreign government was that of Moammar Gaddafi’s Libya and the Americans were members of the Chicago-based El Rukn, Arabic for “cornerstone” or “foundation.” Gaddafi offered the gang $2.5 million to shoot down airliners, bomb buildings and assassinate American politicians.
Pastor’s police unit, in collaboration with the FBI, succeeded in stopping the plot. The author believes the case is relevant to what is now going on in America, but El Rukn leader Jeff Fort, also known as Abdul Malik Ka’bah and Chief Prince Malik, remains little known to the public.
Born in 1947, Fort came up during the 1960s with the Blackstone Rangers, later the Black P. Stone Nation, a rival of the Gangster Disciples in drugs, extortion and murder. According to the DOJs Office of Justice Programs (OJP) the gang enforced its will through “terror based on violence.”
In the mid-1970s, Fort converted to Islam and transformed the Stones into El Rukn. The gang sued to be recognized as a religious organization, part of the Moorish Science Temple of America. As the OJP noted, that was intended to gain El Rukn “a tax exemption for its sizeable real estate holdings.”
In 1983, according to the New York Times, the Cook County Democratic organization paid the El Rukn gang $10,000 to campaign in black neighborhoods and serve as poll watchers for Mayor Jane M. Byrne. The gang took part in voter registration campaigns for the Rev. Jesse Jackson, and also attracted the attention of Louis Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam.
As Stanley Crouch explained in “Nationalism of Fools,” this group held that the “white man” – people such as Isaac Newton, Thomas Edison and John F. Kennedy – “was a devil ‘grafted’ from black people in an evil genetic experiment by a mad, pumpkin-headed scientist named Yacub. That experiment took place 6,000 years ago. Now the white man was doomed, sentenced to destruction by Allah.” Like Jeff Fort and El Rukn, Farrakhan was a supporter of Libya’s Moammar Gaddafi.
As Time magazine noted in 1987, Fort ruled El Rukn “from an immense, high-backed throne atop a pedestal, surrounded by outsize posters of himself and Gaddafi.” Farrakhan hailed the El Rukns, as his “divine warriors” and in 1985 invited the gang to a live satellite broadcast “in which Gaddafi urged blacks serving in the U.S. military to desert and join his forces.” The “generals” of El Rukn “produced a videotape pledging their allegiance to the Libyan strongman.”
In conversations with the Libyans, the code for Gadaffi was “the young friend” and “the old man” meant the Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran. “Apples” and “potatoes” meant explosives. The plot failed, but the players have counterparts on the current scene.
El Rukn finds an heir in Black Lives Matter, a favorite of the Democrat Party. El Rukn supported Gaddafi while BLM backed Fidel Castro, Cuba’s white Sado-Stalinist dictator. “We must push back against the rhetoric of the right and come to the defense of El Comandante,” BLM proclaimed in 2016. There is no record of BLM dealing with Castro to commit acts of terrorism but BLM definitely wants a revolution, already in progress.
For Pastor, the 2020 riots were an armed insurrection, with 26 people killed, 2000 police officers injured, and $2 billion in property damage,. This violence and hatred of America flowed from the racist theories of the left, which has replaced class struggle with racial conflict.
Like El Rukn, Black Lives Matter is also worshipful of the Nation of Islam’s Louis Farrakhan. A recently completed BLM mural in Greenburgh, New York, includes Farrakhan among black leaders. Farrakhan’s racism has a counterpart in Critical Race Theory, the 1619 Project and such.
White people are inherently racist, Americans are constantly told. Black people can’t be racist and all their problems stem from the racism of “privileged” white people. The United States was inherently racist from the start, and remains so today. And so on, with everything but Yacub and the white devils. This racism is now institutionalized and promoted by government, even in the U.S. military.
Kelisa Wing, chief “diversity, equity and inclusion officer” with the Department of Defense’s education wing, condemns “white folx” who say blacks can be racist, and who deny that “racism is engrained in the very fabric of our country.” Wing’s counterparts can be found in government departments and college campuses across the nation.
These dynamics make for conflict, and Pastor expects more of it. As Maurice Richards notes in his review at American Greatness, “In 2020 gang members played a significant part in the BLM rioting, looting and attacks on the police. They could easily transform into a more formal role in the future – especially if the money is right.”
To counter surging lawlessness, Pastor proposes “public safety policing” that integrates order maintenance, surveillance and protective methods. Pastor also wants to enhance police-citizen partnerships and increase the number of SWAT teams to counter mass shooters. These ideas deserve serious attention, and so do El Rukn and their Nation of Islam allies.
Louis Farrakhan continued to support Gaddafi, who pledged to give $1 billion to the Nation of Islam. In 1996, Farrakhan met with Gaddafi in Libya and the following year, in a satellite broadcast, hailed Gaddafi as a “courageous freedom fighter.” In 2011, Farrakhan condemned the killing of his beloved “brother” Gaddafi, and warned that America and other nations would face severe consequences.
One of Farrakhan’s “divine warriors” was El Rukn’s Melvin Mayes, also known as Maumin Khabir and deeply involved in the $2.5 million deal with Gaddafi. Mayes has reportedly been suffering from respiratory failure and was released from prison on February 22.
Jeff Fort, 75, is serving a term of 168 years at the federal ADX “supermax” prison in Florence, Colorado. According to “The Making of Jeff Fort,” a 1988 feature in Chicago magazine, Fort is “the first man in the United States to be convicted of terrorism.” Things are radically different now.
Anyone less than worshipful of the addled Joe Biden is a domestic terrorist, including pro-life activists and parents who resist the racist indoctrination of their children. The FBI, which helped take down Fort, now targets Americans who seek to preserve their constitutional rights and peacefully protest the Biden Junta’s steady demolition of the United States of America.
Meanwhile, a crucial election lies directly ahead. As Donald Trump likes to say, we’ll have to see what happens.