Thursday, March 22, 2018
70th Anniversary of the Hells Angels
I just clued in that St Patrick's Day was the 70th Anniversary of the Hells Angels. The club was founded on March 17th 1948. There's good and bad in every organization and the case law for criminal organization status for the Hells Angels is staggering. However, I think George Christie and Kerri Krysko put the controversy to rest.
Kerri Krysko said that the Hells Angels aren't a criminal organization, they are an organization of criminals. She states that there are a lot of members with criminal records but there are far more who don't have any criminal records at all. Maple Ridge is a good example. There are a lot of Hells Angels in Maple Ridge. They don't all sell crack.
George Christie said the Hells Angels aren't a criminal organization because the members of the club that are involved with criminal activity are stingy and don't share the proceeds of crime with all the other members. Now that is believable.
David Giles said not all members are involved with criminal activity but anyone who uses the name of the club for criminal activity must get permission from the local executive. That implicates the local executive of any chapter where members are found guilty of criminal offenses.
Sonny Barger founded the Oakland chapter. George Wethern was the former Vice-President of the Oakland Chapter. In his book A Wayward Angel Wethern claims: "The Oakland Angels began issuing new charters and assisting chapters set up their own drug operations. The additions were designed to contribute to our image and business concerns, by providing a drug route link, manufacturing a drug, supplying chemicals, or distributing drugs in an untapped area."
Not to hate, but I will point out that former Navy Intelligence officer Al Martin claimed that the CIA did use the Hells Angels to help distribute their cocaine during Iran Contra. Al Martin claimed that Oliver North met with the president of the Hells Angels himself. That's OK. Jim Delashmit is now a preacher and Oliver North is now a Fox TV News host.
Gary Webb was right. The real villains in this drug war are the CIA. Just say'n.
Kill the Messenger and Freeway: Crack in the System are now both on Netflix.
Moving forward: Zen and the Art of Civl Liberty. Watch for it.