Hot on the heels of my essay, "Gateway Arch to Hell: Ferguson in Trident Times," the structure is in the news again. I posted that selection on November 24, 2014, immediately after the non-indictment decision, regarding the shooting of Michael Brown, was made. As widely predicted, demonstrations, fires, and rioting occurred in 130 cities.
On November 26, it was announced the new issue of The New Yorker would have a cover illustration (above) by Bob Staake that shows the Gateway Arch as a broken landmark, white and black, with a missing top section. It symbolizes the racial tension in St. Louis due to the Ferguson situation.
Now comes word on November 27 (American Thanksgiving) - via an unsealed indictment - that a plot was sidetracked that would have caused a bomb to go off in exactly the above shown, missing section of the Gateway Arch.
Two St. Louis men plotted to bomb the Gateway Arch and murder the Ferguson police chief and prosecutor who handled Michael Brown’s case. They had obtained one pipe bomb. They had plans to obtain two others.
Brandon Orlando Baldwin (also known as Brandon Muhammad - above) and Olajuwon Ali Davis (also known as Olajuwon Ali and Brother Ali) were allegedly planning to plant a bomb inside the observation deck of the iconic Arch, sources told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
A November 21st report of their arms-related arrest mentioned their links to the New Black Panther Party. They allegedly acquired two Hi-Point .45 ACP pistols for someone else, at Cabela’s hunting gear store in Hazelwood, Missouri.
After that arrest, the plot to bomb the Gateway Arch was revealed, but whether they were going to use the explosive to kill St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch and Police Chief Tom Jackson is unknown.
Davis/Ali describes himself as a "Moorish American," and a member of the Moorish Science Temple of America.
The New Black Panther Party issued a statement calling the allegations regarding bombing and killing "totally unfounded" and were "baseless and have no merit."
The links to "Little Egypt" and the area are recalled, of course, with these "Moorish" threads and Brandon Muhammad's fashion choices.
Intriguing that one of the bomb plotter's first name is Brandon. It is Jim Brandon who notes, in his The Rebirth of Pan: Hidden Faces of the American Earth Spirit (Dunlap, IL: Firebird Press, 1983), that the Gateway Arch location is across from the Cahokia Mounds complex. The Cahokia group includes the Monks Mound, the largest pyramid north of Mesoamerica. Its base circumference is larger than the Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan.
"Which naturally leads me to ask who, then, built the more than one hundred conical, ridgetop, and platform mounds that once stood here, plus several dozens more in outlying areas and across the Mississippi precisely where the Gateway Arch now stands?" writes Brandon.