[Editor’s Note: The following is from the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan’s International Press Conference held at the J.W. Marriott Hotel, Washington, D.C. on October 24, 1989, where he shared his More-Than-A-Vision Experience, with the world. To view this earthshattering press conference in its entirety, visit: media.noi.org.]

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Press, Brothers and Sisters, we are honored by your presence here this morning.

I am a man who has great respect for the Press and the electronic media and I also have respect for myself and my mission. As you know, I do not readily submit to interviews, nor am I frequently seen on the television; for I am not before you of myself, nor do I do what I do to be seen of men.

Therefore, I have never tried to abuse, or misuse the Press to seek advantage for myself, or the Nation of Islam. So, in calling this press conference, I am calling you because of the serious nature of the Announcement that I am about to make; an Announcement on which hangs the future of this nation, its leaders and the people of America.


It is written in the book of Ezekiel,

“When I say unto the wicked, You shall surely die; and you give him not warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at your hand.

“Yet if you warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul.”

It is in this spirit that I make this announcement.

In a tiny town in Mexico, called Tepotzlan, there is a mountain on the top of which is the ruins of a temple dedicated to Quetzacoatl -the Christ- figure of Central and South America – a mountain which I have climbed several times.  However, on the night of September l7, 1985, I was carried up on that mountain, in a vision, with a few friends of mine. 

As we reached the top of the mountain, a Wheel, or what you call an unidentified flying object (UFO), appeared at the side of the mountain and called to me to come up into the Wheel.  Three metal legs appeared from the Wheel, giving me the impression that it was going to land,but it never came over the mountain.

Being somewhat afraid, I called to the members of my party to come with me, but a voice came from the Wheel saying, “Not them; just you.” I was told to relax and a beam of light came from the Wheel and I was carried up on this beam of light into the Wheel.

I sat next to the pilot, however, I could not see him.  I could only feel his presence.  As the Wheel lifted off from the side of the mountain, moving at a terrific speed, I knew I was being transported to the Mother Wheel, which is a human-built planet, a half-mile by a half-mile that the Honorable Elijah Muhammad had taught us of for nearly 60 years. 

The pilot, knowing that I was fearful of seeing this great, mechanical object in the sky, maneuvered his craft in such a way that I would not see the Mother Wheel (Plane) and then backed quickly into it and docked in a tunnel.  I was escorted by the pilot to a door and admitted into a room.

I shall not bother you with a description of the room, but suffice it to say that at the center of the ceiling was a speaker and through this speaker I heard the voice of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad speaking to me as clearly as you are hearing my voice this morning.

He spoke in short cryptic sentences and as he spoke a scroll full of cursive writing rolled down in front of my eyes, but it was a projection of what was being written in my mind.  As I attempted to read the cursive writing, which was in English, the scroll disappeared and the Honorable Elijah Muhammad began to speak to me.

He said, “President Reagan has met with the Joint Chiefs of Staff to plan a war. I want you to hold a press conference in Washington, D. C., and announce their plan and say to the world that you got the information from me, Elijah Muhammad, on the Wheel.”

He said to me that he would not permit me to see him at that time.  However, he said that I had one more thing to do and when that one more thing was done that I could come again to the Wheel and I would be permitted to see him face to face.

He then dismissed me. I entered the small wheel and the pilot whom I still could not see, moved the craft out of the tunnel and took it up to a terrific height and maneuvered his craft that I might look down upon the Mother Wheel.  I saw a city in the sky.

With great speed it brought me back to earth and dropped me off near Washington where I then proceeded into this city to make The Announcement.

After I awakened from the vision, it seemed to vanish from my mind. However, on the morning of September 19, 1985, a great earthquake struck Mexico City and it was felt in the little town where I was staying. That earthquake brought the vision forcibly to my mind and I spoke it, later that morning for the first time to my wife, Khadijah Farrakhan, and Sister Tynnetta Muhammad, in the city of Cuernavaca.

During the vision of 1985, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad did not tell me who the war was planned against, or where it would take place.  But, as events began to unfold from September to December of 1985 into January of 1986 it began to dawn on me, slowly, that the war might be against Muammar Gadhafi and the Libyan Jamahiriya, but I was not completely sure.

In early February, 1986, I was invited to participate in and be the spokesman at a press conference initiated by the Libyans incooperation with Kwame Ture of the All African Peoples’ Revolutionary party and the representatives of approximately 15 groups of Blacks, Native Americans, Hispanics and Whites, in essence, to state to the government of the United States: “Hands off Libya.”

While I was speaking at the press conference, the lights of the television cameras in the back of the room brought back the vision of the press conference that I was to hold in Washington, D.C., and I wondered to myself, “Could this be it?”

Muammar Gadhafi

In February 1986, I embarked on a world tour. While I was in Ghana, it crystallized for me that the war President Reagan and the Joint Chiefs of Staff had planned was in fact against Muammar Gadhafi and the people of Libya.  So, I decided to alter my planned itinerary to go to Libya and to warn Muammar Qaddafi.

From Tripoli, speaking before the representatives of approximately 80 nations, I told the vision publicly, sending back to the United States a warning to President Reagan and Secretary of State George Schultz.

During the confrontation in the Gulf of Sidra, between the United States Air Force and the Libyan Air Force, it was reported in the press that a bright orange object was seen over the Mediterranean.  The Wheel was, in fact, present and interfered with the highly sensitive electronic equipment of the aircraft carrier, forcing it to return to Florida for repairs.

In 1987, in the New York Times’ Sunday magazine and on the front page of the Atlanta Constitution, the truth of my vision was verified, for the headlines of the Atlanta Constitution read, “President Reagan Planned War Against Libya.”

In the article which followed, the exact words that the Honorable Elijah Muhammad spoke to me on the Wheel were found; that the President had met with the Joint Chiefs of Staff and planned a war against Libya in the early part of September 1985.

I did not realize, at the time, when the Honorable Elijah Muhammad said that I had one more thing to do, that one more thing involved having the actual press conference – that I am holding today – and making the actual announcement that I am now fully in the knowledge and understanding of.

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The reason that the Honorable Elijah Muhammad did not tell me who the President and the Joint Chiefs of Staff had planned the war against was because Muammar Gadhafi, the Muslim Revolutionary leader, and the small nation of Libya, was only to serve as a sign of an even more significant and consequential war, which would come several years later.

I am here to announce today that President Bush has met with his Joint Chiefs of Staff, under the direction of General Colin Powell, to plan a war against the Black people of America, the Nation of Islam and Louis Farrakhan, with particular emphasis on our Black youth, under the guise of a war against drug sellers, drug users, gangs and violence-all under the heading of extremely urgent national security.

The FBI, in preparation for this war, has stepped up its campaign against strong Black political leadership. The FBI is using dirty tactics under the guise of flushing out corrupt politicians to malign and besmirch the good name of many of our strong fighters for justice; threatening them with indictments or casting them into prisons. With other weaker leaders, the government has already promised them wealth and nearness to the centers of power and to be in their councils in exchange for their being silent when the attack finally comes.

Now, it is well documented, through the Senate Subcommittee hearings on the Counterintelligence Program of the United States government, under J. Edgar Hoover, and through information that we have received under the Freedom of Information Act, that the Government of the United States, the Justice Department and the FBI, in the name of fighting communism;

And in the name of preventing a “Messiah” from rising among Black people, who would unite us; and in the name of protecting the existing social and political order, used taxpayers’ dollars to employ every dirty trick that was ever used in overthrowing foreign governments deemed to be enemies of the United States, to overthrow and to undermine all Black leaders and Black organizations in the United States.

It is well documented that the FBI, using taxpayers’ dollars, conducted illegal surveillance, wiretaps, and mischievous machinations against Black leadership, to discredit, undermine, embarrass and even to kill those leaders who stood up to amend the condition that 310 years of chattel slavery and 100 years of free slavery produced.

That which the FBI has done against the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, the Nation of Islam, Black leaders and Black organizations, again, is well documented.  It was the FBI who planned and engineered the split between Malcolm X and the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. It was the FBI, and its agents, that engineered the destruction of the Nation of Islam after the departure of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad in 1975. 

It was the FBI that planned and engineered the struggle in the courts to weaken the Nation from within and to deprive the Muslims of that which their hard-earned dollars had gained in property through probate court disputes. It was the FBI’s plan to promote division among the ministers of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad after his departure.

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Now that I, and those with me, are working to rebuild the work of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad as a means of reforming our people and transforming their lives into lives of service and usefulness to themselves and others, the same fear of the government that was seen in times past, is now seen again in the work of members of the FBI’s anti-terrorist task force and the organized crime racketeering task force, that have been working night and day to cripple and destroy the Nation of Islam,

Culminating in an attack on Louis Farrakhan, with the purpose of discrediting, embarrassing and ultimately causing the death of Louis Farrakhan, preferably by heightening tensions within the movement exacerbated by government agents posing as Muslims. This is the aim of the United States government, and it appears to be the aim of the President of the United States President George Bush.

Two weeks before George Bush was elected President, he made a speech before the Simon Wiesenthal Center, in Los Angeles, detailing his support of Israel and his continued support of the Jewish community.  He pledged continued funding of the Justice Department in their continuing investigations and vigorous prosecution of those whom the President called, anti-Semites. And he said, “Whether they wear brown shirts, or white shirts and bow ties: whether they live in Skokie, Chicago, Illinois, or Brooklyn, New York, the villain is the same.”

I am sure President Bush was not referring to Senator Paul Simon of Illinois, who wears bow ties and white shirts.  During the Reagan Administration, the then Vice-President Bush spoke out against me, identifying me by name.

Now as he approached the Presidency he spoke of me by innuendo saying that he would continue the funding of the Justice Department, and he promised he would lead the fight against those whom he and certain leading members of the Jewish community determined to be “anti-Semites,” through vigorous investigation, prosecution, and then, he indirectly referred to me as “the villain.”

Evidence is now mounting that those were not empty words of the President, but those words, as in the past, have been translated into the final program and policy and war, that has been designed to destroy the Nation of Islam and Minister Farrakhan, with a particular focus on the growing strength of Black youth.

The vision that the Honorable Elijah Muhammad gave me from the Wheel in 1985, is now manifested fully in that President Bush has met with his Joint Chiefs of Staff, the chairman of which is a Black man, General Colin Powell, and again, they too have planned a war.

Why would President Bush assign a Black man to be chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, jumping over 30 whitemen,who are reportedly more qualified to be chairman? Oftentimes, when a Black man is elevated to a high position it is generally because of a desire to use him against the legitimate aspirations of his own people, or to use him as window-dressing to make the masses of Black people believe that an unjust system is working in their behalf.

With an army full of young Black men and women (which includes Native Americans, Hispanics and poor Whites) could it be that General Powell will be used to justify the use of these soldiers against Noriega and his regime in Panama; against the Medellin drug cartel; and then on to Daniel Ortega and the Sandinista regime; possibly against Cuba; against the liberation movements in Africa and, lastly, but most importantly, against the rise of Black youth and Black people in America.

For the past few years, the American press has been feeding the public the image of Black youth on a rampage.  From the gangs called Crips and Bloods, in Los Angeles, California; the Central Park incident, to the drug sellers that are operating in the major cities along the East Coast, particularly in Washington, D.C., the image the American public gets is that when it comes to gangs, violence and drugs, that the gang leaders are Black; the violence is Black; the drug sellers are Black and the majority of drug users are Black. 

Our youth are being portrayed as the perpetrators of violence, and are being armed with “street sweepers,” AK-47s, Uzis, MAC 10s. It is being reported that these Black youth are better armed than the local police.

The police are saying that they have insufficient arms to combat these drug groups and, therefore, they either need heavier weapons, or the back-up of the National guard, and Federal troops. However, information has come to us that the police have great fire power available to them. 

And certain areas of the country have been targeted to test these new weapons. Armored personnel carriers that can travel at speeds up to 70 m.p.h. with high caliber machine guns are being stored in the armories of the major cities and the use of certain kinds of gases is being planned. This is being planned to be executed against Black youth in several major cities in the country, one of which is Washington, D.C.

Much of the gang activity is fomented, manipulated, and kept alive by outside forces from within the White community and oftentimes by the very police themselves to justify what the government is planning against our community. Many of our young people are recruited by corrupt police to sell drugs to our people and many of our youth are killed if they violate police instructions, by hit squads from within the police departments. This is what we are learning from so-called gang leaders throughout the country.

All of this has been planned and is now being carried out under the pretext of national security and to maintain, preserve and protect an increasingly corrupt and unjust social and political order.

In closing, I would like to issue a warning to the President, to the Government and to the people of the United States of America.  If I, in your mind, am before you of myself; if I, in your mind am a hater, an anti-Semite, a wild-eyed radical; then, you have nothing to fear from my presence; for I, like those who are actually like that will go the way history has decreed for that kind of person.

However, if I am in reality in front of you by Allah’s Divine Will, as an extension of the Divine Warnings given to you from the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, then be instructed that you would do well to leave me alone; to leave the Nation of Islam alone; and to cease and desist from your evil planning against the future of the Black people of America and the world. For the Black people of America, though despised and rejected, have now become the people of God and He has declared that He will fight you for their liberation.

The government would be wise to heed the counsel of Gamaliel, in the days of Paul, and the early Christians, who advised the rulers of that day, with these words:

‘And so in the present case, I say to you, stay away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or action should be of men, it will be overthrown;

“But if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them; or else you may even be found fighting against God.”

So it is not wise for you to plan against Allah’s (God’s) servants; for by so doing you are actually planning against yourselves. This warning is for the President, the government and the wise to reflect upon so that the unwary citizens of America may not be harmed by the consequences of the wicked machinations of the United States Government.

You may come against me, which you are free to do, since we have no power to stop you, but I warn you, that I am backed by the Power of Allah (God) and His Christ and the Power of that Wheel in which I received this Announcement.  The moment you attempt or lay your hands on me the fullness of Allah’s (God’s) Wrath will descend upon you and upon America.

Before you will be able to establish your mockery of me (if that is what you wish to do) for what was revealed to me in the Wheel you will see these wheels, or what you call UFOs, in abundance over the major cities of America and the calamities that America is presently experiencing will increase in number and in intensity that you might humble yourselves to the Warning contained in this Announcement.

This is a final warning to you.  The ball is now in your court.  You may do with it, with me, and with us as you see fit. Thank you for your attention and may Allah bless each of you with the light of understanding, as I greet you in peace: As-Salaam Alaikum.