John Christopher, FBI, Jackson discussed on WNYC Programming
Protection. So I look for him everywhere I could think of and allied just I found nothing. Eventually, I learned the FBI had set him up with a new name and a new social security number and a new life. And that there was this FBI agent in Saint Louis who might have all that information. So I asked if he would talk to me. And if not if you would pass John Christopher a message for me. And this was the response I got from the FBI's public information officer. Hi, it's Rebecca we let the FBI I spoke with the ancient, and he says that he. I guess the force. Not surprisingly, she declined to participate again. He says it is his responsibility to protect your source in that he hopes that you understand that. So thank you very much. And. Question. Even after all this time it appears that the FBI is still protecting. John Christopher what about all the trash she left behind the dump itself? What happened to it? Well, when the feds washed their hands of this problem and said by Chicago, and with all the intense public scrutiny and the national media coverage that operation silver shovel had garnered the city finally stepped in and started awarding contracts to companies who could haul. All this rubble away remember the law. Mount Henry once stood spanned twenty one acres and the mountain itself was six stories tall. So these cleanup contracts, we're going to be really big and really lucrative. The cleanup had just started in January nineteen ninety six when the Reverend Jesse Jackson Stockton. We have the right to remove the community because of going to be a good, lucrative job for someone to have the job. So. Jackson, the civil rights activist and two time candidate for president at I come to Chicago in the nineteen sixties, his rainbow push coalition is headquartered here. And the way Jackson tells it when he first learned about operation silver shovel. He realized that this cleanup presented a unique opportunity. John Christopher had dumped in a black neighborhood, and he had helped take down black politicians, but someone was going to get paid to clean up the dumps and Jackson, one of the city to hire black owned trucking firms to do it. I was resistance because the those who use these job demand, there to get them and demanded the right about that system. So Reverend Jackson mounted a major protest to back up his demands reorganise trucks, and the land removers on the frigid Saturday in early February nineteen Ninety-six dozens. Of diesel trucks, and bulldozers plastered, with signs that said things like we want our fair share and hire us to clean up the dumps all these trucks, lined up in a convoy and headed for north Lonsdale that will do the full mile trip across the city of just folks and practice and trailers and dumpsters. We land up and across the city traffic do throws when the convoy arrived in.