[In September 1970 Timothy Leary escaped from the California Men’s Colony, a state prison in San Luis Obispo, California, with the assistance of the Weather Underground, a clandestine revolutionary organization. He had been incarcerated since February 1970 for a marijuana possession conviction. This communiqué was released to the underground press shortly after his escape.]
The following statement was written in the P.O.W. camp and carried over the wall (in full sight of two gun trucks). I offer loving gratitude to my sisters and brothers in the Weather Underground who designed and executed the liberation. Rosemary and I are now with the Underground and we’ll continue to stay high and wage the revolutionary war.
There is the time for peace and the time for war.
There is the day of laughing Krishna and the day of grim Shiva.
Brothers and sisters, at this time let us have no more talk of peace.
The conflict which we have sought to avoid is upon us. A worldwide ecological religious warfare. Life vs. death.
Listen. It is a comfortable, self-indulgent cop-out to look for conventional economic-political solutions.
Brothers and sisters, this is a war for survival. Ask Huey and Angela. They dig it. Ask the wild free animals. They know it. Ask the turned-on ecologists. They sadly admit it.
I declare that World War III is now being waged by short-haired robots whose deliberate aim is to destroy the complex web of free wild life by the imposition of mechanical order.
Listen. There is no choice left but to defend life by all and every means possible against the genocidal machine.
Listen. There are no neutrals in genetic war. There are no non-combatants at Buchenwald, My Lai or Soledad.
You are part of the death apparatus or you belong to the network of free life.