Micah Johnson Manchurian Candidate?

Michael Johnson angry Black man or a Manchurian Candidate?  Photo from the Internet
Micah Johnson angry Black man or a Manchurian Candidate?
Photo from the Internet

Was Micah Johnson a” Manchurian Candidate?” This is not a rhetorical question, or a trick question. It is a question that I pose which I do not have an answer. Was Micah Johnson brainwashed not by enemy forces as was the case in the Manchurian Candidate, (1962 movie starring Frank Sinatra, where a group of U. S. soldiers were captured by the Koreans, brainwashed, then returned to the United States as plants to take control of the government by Martial Law. An updated version of this movie stars Black actor Denzel Washington), but brainwashed by his own government? And if brainwashed by his own government, then for what purpose?

We know that for a portion of 2014 and a portion of 2015 Micah Johnson spent a tour of duty in Afghanistan. Before that he received training as an United States Army reservist. Without knowing much more about him, I would hazard a guess that this 25 year-old man probably was  not a murderer until trained by our government, sometime between ages 18-24, to become a murderer.

Could Johnson be one of the “chickens,” Malcolm X referenced as “coming home to roost?”

Americans have very little knowledge of how cruel war actually is. We never get a taste of the death and destruction that goes on in our name, day in and day out in far away lands. All that we know is that men and women are sent abroad to protect American interest in the natural resources found in foreign nations. When Americans hear about civilian fatalities in Afghanistan, it does not evoke any sympathy because the Afghans are faceless, nameless people who worship in a different way than Americans who worship.

I am always suspicious of government narratives of the “lone wolf” gunman. I am not buying the government line on these shootings anymore. Before the Homeland security team arrived on the scene in Dallas, the local chief of police stated that there were several snipers that used a maneuver to box police officers into a crossfire situation. As quiet as it is kept, we are a nation square in the middle of World War III.

Also, the video shown on the Don Lemon Show on CNN the night of the shooting clearly shows a gunman engaging local police officers and after shooting an officer several times he is shown moving away from that area on foot while he was chased by several officers. When would this lone gunman have had an opportunity to shoot eleven officers and two civilians?

Additionally, the person who took this video said he saw the gunman get out of a dark colored SUV and began to shoot randomly into the intersection. He does not describe the shooter at this point taking aim at anyone, nor did he see anyone go down as a result of these random shots. He clearly saw the shootout between the gunman and the officer. He saw the officer go down.

Reason with me, if this was the lone gunman and he is being chased by several officers, why would he run to the roof of a building when he is trying to get away?

This does not make sense to me, but you are free in this age of media manipulation and subliminal mind control to believe what you will.

Logically, it appears that the gunman on the roof was one of the snipers the local police chief initially referenced when the shooting started. Otherwise, we are left to believe that the sniper commenced firing from the top of the building and then he ran down into the street, shot a police officer, then ran back to the roof. All of this happening without a break in the gun fire in the direction of officers near the crowd of marchers.

So if this is subterfuge, why the subterfuge?

For seven years, right wingers have presented the conspiracy theory that President Obama would find cause to declare Martial Law, cancel the election for president and serve an indefinite period as president. Because their warning was wrapped in racial animus towards the President very few people in mainstream American paid much attention to them.

This attack on the Dallas police comes one week after the Canadian Parliament shouted four more years when President Obama spoke in their chamber; and it occurred two blocks from the book depository which played a pivotal role in altering American presidential history in 1963.

Of all the things Canadians could have done to show their appreciation, why did they choose to chant “four more years?” President Obama has not heard that chant in the U. S. since being on the campaign trail in 2012. Ironies abound. He was on the campaign trail with Hillary Clinton two days before the shootout in Dallas.

If the conspiracy theorists are correct, the Canadian chant was a subliminal message to precondition Americans to the idea, so that when it happens, it all seems like the right thing to do.

Five things that trouble me about this assault on the Dallas Police Department:

First, the Dallas PD has a reputation of being a community based department without significant complaints of racial profiling. It is one of the least militarized departments in the country, especially when compared to cities of similar size.

Second, a female witness said moments after the shots ceased that she saw a huge Homeland vehicle on the street and it made her wonder what was going on with the shooting. Why was the Homeland vehicle in Dallas at the time of the shooting? If not already on the scene, how did it get on the scene so quickly?

Third, the Black Lives Matter March organizers said they made up the route as they walked. They were trying to give people space to walk and let off steam. If there was not a pre-planned route, how did the sniper or snipers know where to set up?

Four, if Dallas is one of the least militarized police forces in the country, why did they have a robot with the capability to deliver a bomb to the site? Was the robot provided by Homeland?

Five, what was left of Micah Johnson’s remains? What method was used to identify the remains as Micah Johnson?

All of which leads me to these questions:

Why are the feds involved in these local matters to the extent that they are?

Who is really leading these investigations, Homeland or the local community?

Who crafts the narrative that the local police officials spin during these tragic events?

Are we already operating under Martial Law?

Was Micah Johnson a Manchurian Candidate who went on a rampage to set the stage for a new government, Homeland, a consolidation of the 50 States, run by presidential executive orders, which supersedes the U. S. Constitution that was enacted in 1789? Your thoughts are as good as mine. Just remember Malcolm X also warned, “They will be marching you off to the concentrations camps before you know it.”

Harold Michael Harvey is an American novelist and essayist, the author of Paper puzzle and Justice in the Round. He can be contacted at haroldmichaelharvey.com.



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Harold Michael Harvey is a Past President of The Gate City Bar Association and is the recipient of the Association’s R. E. Thomas Civil Rights Award. He is the author of Paper Puzzle and Justice in the Round: Essays on the American Jury System, and a two-time winner of Allvoices’ Political Pundit Prize. His work has appeared in Facing South, The Atlanta Business Journal, The Southern Christian Leadership Conference Magazine, Southern Changes Magazine, Black Colleges Nines, and Medium.