Nelson Mandela taken off the terrorist list

This is too good of a joke to pass up. But first a bit of background, just so you’ll understand how funny this really is. Seriously. It’s a riot.

Nelson Mandela was born in 1918 in Umtata, South Africa. He helped establish the African National Congress Youth League in 1944 and then went on to become the ANC president in 1951.

By August, 1962 he was arrested and sentenced to five years in prison for incitement and for leaving the country illegally. The real crime, of course, was being conscious while black, but that crime hadn’t yet been put officially on the books so this sadly deficient description of Mandela’s crime would have to do.

“While Mandela was in prison, ANC colleagues who had been operating in hiding were arrested at Rivonia, outside of Johannesburg. Mandela was put on trial with them for sabotage, treason, and violent conspiracy. He was found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment in June 1964. For the next 18 years he was imprisoned on Robben Island and held under harsh conditions with other political prisoners. Despite the maximum security of the Robben Island prison, Mandela and other leaders were able to keep in contact with the antiapartheid movement covertly. Mandela wrote much of his autobiography secretly in prison. The manuscript was smuggled out and was eventually completed and published in 1994 as Long Walk to Freedom. Later, Mandela was moved to the maximum-security Pollsmoor Prison near Cape Town. Mandela became an international symbol of resistance to apartheid during his long years of imprisonment, and world leaders continued to demand his release.

“In response to both international and domestic pressure, the South African government, under the leadership of President F. W. de Klerk, lifted the ban against the ANC and released Mandela in February 1990.”

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Nelson Mandela spent all those years in prison on Robben Island for living a life that essentially represented giving the big fat finger to the white supremacist apartheid regime. For this, the man was placed on the United States terrorism watch list. No, really. I’m telling the truth. Honest.

But here comes the really funny part. Mandela has now been out of prison for 18 years. Four years after his release on February 11, 1990, he became the country’s first democratically-elected president in history on April 27, 1994 and served until June 14, 1999. He is a worldwide hero to all those right-minded sane folk who believe in the necessity of resistance to oppression. He won the Nobel Prize in 1993, and that’s just one of more than 100 awards the man has won over four decades. He is 90 years old.

On Tuesday, July 1, 2008, President Bush signed legislation taking Mandela off the U.S. terrorism watch list.

OK, now you can laugh. Because this shit is truly hilarious, is it not?

God Bless America.

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~ by Keith A. Owens on July 6, 2008.

4 Responses to “Nelson Mandela taken off the terrorist list”

  1. I wonder what our international heroes are on America’s ‘terroist watch’ list?

  2. Villager,

    Kinda tells you something about the nature of the list, doesn’t it…?

  3. I am beyond laughter with this report.

    The terrorist watch list has millions of people on it and I believe very few can even access the list. I have read so many stories about ordinary Joes have to go through months of process to be removed.

    To see that Mr. Mandela on this list demonstrates who is considered to be dangerous. Love and dedication toward freedom, toward equality is measured as being a dangerous element according to the computerized matrices of traits.

    Change is a’ coming. I see it larger than the upcoming election even. People are waking up. Continue to spread the word, my friend. This soon this will not be tolerated and viewed for what it is a major disrespect.

    In light and love

    Danielle

  4. […] This is too good of a joke to pass up. But first a bit of background, just so you'll understand how funny this really is. Seriously. It's a riot. Nelson Mandela was born in 1918 in Umtata, South Africa. He helped establish the African National Congress Youth League in 1944 and then went on to become the ANC president in 1951. By August, 1962 he was arrested and sentenced to five years in prison for incitement and for leaving the country illegally … Read More […]

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