About the Author

white bramhall photoDr Stuart Jeanne Bramhall

The Most Revolutionary Act: Memoir of an American Refugee describes how FBI harassment led a 54 year old psychiatrist, single mother activist, to close my 25 year Seattle practice to begin a new life in New Zealand. It begins by describing the fifteen years of covert harassment I experienced when I used my financial and social position, as a doctor, to assist two former Black Panthers who had occupied an abandoned school to transform it into an African American Museum. What began as unrelenting phone harassment and illegal break-ins, progressed to six attempts on my life and an affair with an undercover agent who railroaded me into a psychiatric hospital.

My main motivation for writing the book was the murder of a black postal worker and union activist named Oscar Manassa. The US government comes down hard on dissidents, whistleblowers and activists. As I recount in my memoir, Oscar also experienced extensive covert harassment prior to his brutal murder. Moreover immediately following his death, the US Postal Inspectors (an intelligence arm of the federal government blocked a homicide investigation by seizing the evidence file from the Seattle police.

The whole experience was a personal epiphany, leading to the frightening discovery that the democratic institutions of power have been taken over by an invisible shadow government.

At the beginning of 1987, I was a naïve hard working private psychiatrist concerned with growing joblessness and homelessness in Seattle’s African American community. By the end of the year, I had been intimately acquainted with America’s shadow government and the criminal activities US intelligence is notorious for – illegal narcotics trafficking, arms dealing, money laundering and covert assassinations of foreign and domestic leaders and activists.

My personal experiences would eerily foreshadow the burgeoning of the US intelligence state after 9-11. Any activist over fifty will tell you that the US government has targeted dissidents, whistleblowers and activists as far back as World War I with illegal wire taps, surveillance, break-ins, indefinite detention and extrajudicial assassination. Ironically all these previously illegal activities are totally legal under The Patriot act and the National Defense Authorization Act.

The Most Revolutionary Act won a 2011 Allbooks Review Editor’s Choice award.

Dr Bramhall on radio:

Jim and I discuss the Arab Spring, the recent takeover of the State Capitol in Madison Wisconsin, left gatekeeping foundations, and how the destruction of the middle class will hasten revolutionary change.

Click here to listen (fast forward through music):

http://nwopodcast.com/fetz/media/jim%20fetzer%20real%20deal-stuart%20jeanne%20bramhall.mp3

We talk about the New Zealand political climate, the 911 Truth Movement and Noam Chomsky’s puzzling stance that there was no US government involvement in either 911 or the JFK assassination. We also discuss the role of insurance lobby and Big Pharma in blocking the establishment of universal single payer health care in the US, as well as Climategate and the BP oil spill. Finally we discuss my involvement with Seattle’s African American Museum and the resulting government harassment that I describe in The Most Revolutionary Act. I talk about the murder of a postal worker named Oscar Manassa and the rip-off of the federal worker compensation program to fund the Contra war against Nicaragua.

Click here to listen (fast forward through music):

http://nwopodcast.com/fetz/media/jim%20fetzer%20real%20deal-Stuart%20Bramhall.mp3

E.G. and I talk about my harassment by the FBI and my decision to emigrate to New Zealand. We also discuss the demise of child psychiatry in the US – owing to the unwillingness of private insurance companies to cover mental health services for children and adolescents. And the failure of Obamacare to address this serious issue and the need for the US to create a true national health care system. We finished with a lengthy discussion about bullying, a special interest of mine as a child and adolescent psychiatrist.

(click on link)

Chris and I discuss how I was first targeted, following my decision to support the occupation (of an abandoned school)  that led to the formation of Seattle’s first African American Heritage Museum – as an alternative to the crack cocaine epidemic among the city’s African American teenagers. We also talk about my research into HIV AIDS, my hospitalization and the Veterans Administration psychologist I worked with who also helped GIs illegally stationed in Cambodia in the sixties and seventies (and terrorized into keeping quiet about it).

(click on link  – show is syndicated – fast forward the music to hear interview)

Rob and I discuss the phone harassment, break-ins, attempts to run me down – and my psychiatric hospitalization. We also talk about the political activities that seemed to lead the government to target me – including my research into HIV AIDS – and my inability to get help from the Seattle police. Then we cover the whole area of conspiracies in general, which are more accurately called State Crimes Against Democracy (SCADS)


Comments
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  2. Richard, that link isn’t working for some reason. I would be happy to review your book (and post it on my blog) if you care to make a review copy available.

  3. Hello Stuart, I’ve read and posted some comments on your thread re: the CIA’s influence on feminism over time, and have appreciated your work with that topic. However, I only yesterday came across some articles you had written several years ago while doing some web surfing: – The Cointelpro Role of Left Gatekeeping Foundations; The CIA And Nonviolence; and Does the CIA Fund Both the Right and the Left? Wow! Great work.

    I just want to tell you how much I appreciate and admire your research and writing. These topics are very close to my heart and interests also, and seldom to I find such well reasoned and researched discussions regarding these critically important issues. Given the absolute credibility free fall of MSM that we have witnessed over the campaign season, on everything from the election itself to the West’s attacks on Syria, I think these articles have even more importance than at the time they were written. For example Democracy Now’s Syria coverage, like its Libya coverage, make it virtually unwatchable and renders it simply another State Department mouthpiece. The same could be said for other “progressive” media sites that run the usual mix of information combined with disinformation, such as Counterpunch (in my opinion).

    As more people turn away from MSM and they “discover” such “progressive” sites, they tend to be very vulnerable to the more subtle propaganda presentation offered. For example Democracy Now’s Dakota Access coverage was quite welcomed and appreciated by many of us, however, by combining it with State Department propaganda on Syria, it no doubt confused many who are less familiar with that issue than with say domestic environmental issues. There lies the real danger in these “gatekeeper” sites, and there lies the real importance of your articles I’m referring to.

    I have not been able to find links to these particular articles through your blog site, but that may just be my own web site knowledge deficits. These are important articles and I hope they are read widely. Again, thank you for your work Stuart. Warm regards. – Gary Weglarz

  4. Hi Gary, thanks for the very flattering comments. I, too, was very disappointed in Democracy Now until I discovered that they were getting substantial funding from CIA-linked foundations. I haven’t posted the articles you mention on my blog – mainly because they seem a bit long and academic to me.

  5. metrobusman says:

    Hi SJB; just ordered yr ‘most rev…” and can’t wait to read it. I’m an anarchist in Seattle and have never heard of you or your problems with the Bureau. Discovered you by accident when a friend did a search at Dissidentvoice looking for siomething I’d written and found yr MvG piece.

    Signed up for yr e-mail subscription and it told me I was subscribed but never asked me for my address, so this is a very special blog indeed…

    Sincerely. Dave Fryett

  6. Aw shucks. Thanks for the compliment. I’m glad you could find the book – I’ve been having an ongoing dispute with my publisher who keeps taking it off Amazon and Ingraham.

    • metrobusman says:

      Ordered it thru Amazon.

      Never written/published anything longer than an essay, so I’m wondering what yr publisher’s motive would be in making the book unavailable? Being of conspiratorial bent: pressure from our friends at the Bureau?

      • Purely pecuniary. I’m with a print on demand publisher – which means I paid for cover, layout and publicity. My contract includes making the book available to Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Ingraham and two years ago they tried to collect $100 a month from under performing others to continue these listings. I refused and they took my listings done until I threatened legal action for breach of contract.

  7. Roger says:

    Amy who makes $2M/year – I think you live in fantasy land or just don’t know the difference between real and alternate facts (aka lies). Suspect you know very little, if anything about George Soros other than that he is rich!

  8. Great links, metrobusman. I especially like the post about Chris Hedges. I wrote something for Dissident Voice once about the hatchet job he wrote in 2012 about the black bloc. In my view, he’s far more open in his attacks on the left – and more dangerous. I also note how quick the so-called alternative media was to suppress Harper’s accusations of plagiarism against him in 2014: https://newrepublic.com/article/118114/chris-hedges-pulitzer-winner-lefty-hero-plagiarist

  9. That was just around the time he went out on medical disability – so I’m not sure.

  10. franklparker says:

    Popped by to thank you for the follow. You flatter me!

  11. No worries, Frank. You have an interesting blog.

  12. metrobusman says:

    Hi Stuart;

    Finally got around to TMRA, which I enjoyed. The general harassment you describe was all too familiar. While your case is unique in detail, it’s formulaic in general outline–every case is. Yours does, however, contain some absorbing features. The account of your difficulties on Capitol Hill was moving, even harrowing. And the struggle with the RTC was a bit of a surprise, not in the sense that they were your adversaries–of course they were–but that it was they and not some better camouflaged outfit which obstructed you.

    The most unusual aspect, at least in my experience, is that your case is more of a why-was-it-done than a who-done-it. And you do a laudable job of taking your readership through the various possibilities. I have little insight to offer (I’ve never experienced anything like what you endured), but that won’t stop me from tendering some unsolicited opinions. That’s what comment sections are for, no?

    You are quite right in observing that unions act as agents of the state, indeed they do. But they could not have organized your ordeal. They may have played a part, but your alleged psychiatric problems are well out of their area of disorganizational expertise. They did yeoman work in disrupting OccupySeattle, but their skill set and area of influence stop well short of the medical and bureaucratic machinations which befell you.

    A bit off topic but: My union newspaper recently rejected a piece I wrote. A co-worker had written an excellent article on the so-called right-to-work legislation crisscrossing the US. I wrote a piece which sketched the history of class conflict from the advent of the plow to the present. It was 8000 words. It was rejected. I suggested serialization. They countered that I would have to break it into “two or three stand-alone, 1000-word pieces” if I wanted them to print it. It was quite an effort to keep it under 8000–it’s a big subject. Needless to say it wasn’t length but content that got it squashed.

    That your being from a working-class background I don’t believe played any part in your ordeal. It was surprising to learn that about you though, considering what you told us about your mother.

    Your suggestion that your race may have been the catalyst is better, but still not convincing. Black leaders who draw mass white support, particularly radical ones, are a greater threat than white radicals who draw a lot of black support. The bloody history of the former scenario speaks for itself–think Walter Rodney, MLK, Fred Hampton etc.

    Your AIDS work gets warmer still, particularly the timing of it. (BTW, if you haven’t read Dr. Mary’s Monkey then you ought.) But the harassment precedes your involvement with AIDS.

    I suspect your targeting was the result of all of the above.

    Great book all in all, been recommending it to anyone who will listen. I wasn’t at every moment content that you were being, if you will permit me, completely honest. (If I’m wrong, please forgive me; if correct, no worries, I understand.) But I’ve never read a memoir which was. Most importantly, in the end you came to all the right conclusions regarding those whom you encountered along the way. You now understand, and can function as a transmitter of useful information, which you have done in writing the book.

    I also wonder if the campaign for the museum was worth the time, money, and effort, however heroic it was. I also wondered if there wasn’t a touch of misandry informing some of your actions and conclusions. But no matter, the first order of business is, as Luxemburg suggested, to see the world as it is. There is a thin, transparent, yet seemingly impermeable, Gramscian cognitive barrier between the masses and their emancipation. And you have, if not punctured, then at least drawn attention to it, and in a powerful, effective way. So my hat is off to you.

    Did some web searching for Jabari Sisulu and discovered that you are a candidate of some sort for the Green Party in NZ. I wish you well but I hope you understand that that party has the same geneology as the RCP. Good luck.

    • Thanks for the very thoughtful analysis Metrobusman. I was as much describing a state of mind as I was historical events – I spent most of the years scrambling to find some explanation of who was targeting me and why. And this was the first half of the book. I devoted the second half to exploring the massive penetration of Seattle grassroots organizations by saboteurs and my struggle to understand how that worked. It’s only since I retired and had time to do more research that I gained some understanding of left gatekeeping foundations and how they deliberately sabotage grassroots groups. Webster Tarpley paints a really good picture how this happened with Obama and Bill Ayers (a long time federal agent) in Chicago in The Unauthorized Biography of Barack Obama. And all my research on the Internet bears this out – Australian Researcher Michael Barker has done some excellent research into left-gatekeeping democracy manipulating foundations.

      That being said, I am (and former members of the CP) are absolutely certain that Robby Stearns was a paid federal agent long before he came to work for the State Labor Council. As was the late Craig Salins. And Jabari Susulu is a pseudonym for Omari Tahir. It’s hard to say how the Museum occupation would have turned out if it hadn’t been infiltrated from the very beginning.

      There’s no question that the NZ Green Party is infiltrated at the present time – we’ve identified at least 2 of the saboteurs by name. But there seems to be a fairly strong cohort that’s pulled together to address the problem.

  13. metrobusman says:

    Not to put too fine a point on it, but it is more than a case of infiltration. The plutocrats cannot prevent concerned people from coalescing around a given issue and taking action. In such cases they infiltrate, but they are more proactive than that. In the US, the state CREATED many of the NGOs; it’s keeping the CPUSA alive long after it would have dissolved. It did resurrect the KKk–twice. This ‘survivalist’ city where Tim McVeigh allegedly lived is another state creation masquerading as an anti-state organization. The point is to herd the disillusioned into groups which they control and can misdirect. The people who join the CPUSA no doubt have good intentions, but they will be betrayed in the end.

    Gramsci said that “The challenge of modernity is to live without illusions without becoming disillusioned.” That’s a tall order!

    More info on Barker please, web search didn’t yield anything.

    BTW, I envy your living in NZ. I thought I would go there when I retired for at least a year or perhaps permanently. Still years away for me but was looking into it and discovered that one had to be young a/o a professional a/o rich to get in. The criteria for a retirement visa are sky high, unbelievably so. So I guess it will be South America…

    Here’s something you might find amusing:
    http://www.thestranger.com/slog/2017/04/06/25062664/we-asked-seattle-politicians-to-respond-to-activist-omari-tahir-garretts-anti-semitic-and-anti-asian-remarks

  14. ISMC says:

    Dear Dr Stuart, I’m a special investigative correspondent Sophie Mangal. I’m a member of Inside Syria Media Center.
    Having a lot of links (with poor Syrians, with some of refugee camps inside Syria and even with people in Aleppo and Syria civil defense organizations) I monitor the situation in Syria and Iraq, Aleppo and Mosul, the Middle East in general and write articles. I have some good sources. Sometimes the information is very interesting, I’m into the problem for a long time in fact. I can share the information in English if you would like so you could publish it and much more people could know about the problems of Syria. Also I compose a summary of armed clashes in Syria every week and try to analyze the changes. I really express concerns about the situation. And I think it would be great if we together could open the eyes of the world. It would be very kind of you if you write me your answer.

    By the way, “The Amnesty Decree at Work for Syrian People’ Benefit” was my article, posted by Duff. You can read it here: https://en.insidesyriamc.com/2017/06/05/the-amnesty-decree-at-work-for-syrian-people-benefit/

  15. Hi Sophie, I would love to publish some articles from ISMC as guest posts on my blog. I have emailed you. Look forward to hearing from you.

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