On his July 5/10 broadcast, Jones declared it has now been declassified that the infamous images of Patty Hearst holding guns and robbing banks were all scripted and stage-managed by the FBI. That’s all he had to say. No details. No sources.
A Joseph Cannon story re-posted on Infowars a year earlier doesn’t mention anything about this new, declassified information that blows the lid off the Hearst kidnapping – in spite of the incredibly misleading Infowars headline “SLA Worked for The Man”. Cannon simply wrote that trial transcripts and books on the case reveal “many indicators that the tale has always had a hidden side.” That’s quite true – the SLA case has always been crazy weird – but Cannon makes the waters even murkier by badly mangling the facts. For one thing, Hearst did name Kathleen Soliah (AKA Sara Jane Olson) as a participant in the Crocker bank robbery in her memoir Every Secret Thing. This was not something she invented after Soliah’s arrest, as Cannon states. His article basically just rehashes the theories of the late conspiracy doyenne Mae Brussel, without offering up any new information. This is the only SLA-related story on Infowars.
That’s because there isn’t any new, declassified information. The Hearst story has remained fundamentally the same on all sides since it occurred. When Soliah went to trial, her attorneys tried to get testimony from a former SLA member who claimed that Hearst wasn’t raped as she claimed, and that she had expressed enthusiasm for robbing banks and such. This man, Jack Scott, died of cancer before his testimony could be recorded. And that’s pretty much the extent of the “new information” that has come out about Hearst since SLA days. The FBI hasn’t released any new documents on the case… um, ever. If the SLA and/or the kidnapping were in any way engineered by the FBI, that has yet to be proven.
As an aside, I’d like to point out that the SLA murdered Oakland’s first black school superintendent, Dr. Marcus Foster. Their stated reason for shooting him eight times with cyanide-tipped bullets? They believed his (withdrawn) support for school ID cards was some sort of sinister CIA plot to keep tabs on schoolchildren.
If that notion sounds familiar, maybe it’s because you’ve heard virtually the same thing from Alex Jones and Infowars on many occasions…