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Wed Jan 23, 2013, 02:05 PM

The Return of COINTELPRO?

The article is short but has links to redacted FOIA materials and is well sourced in general. There are links provided from a plethora of sources.

I have my own opinion about what the material means for the USA.

How can this be defended and still call our form of government a democratic republic that serves the needs and wants of The People?

The Return of COINTELPRO?

by TOM MCNAMARA


“Democracies die behind closed doors” – Judge Damon J. Keith

For 15 years (1956-1971) the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) ran a broad and highly coordinated domestic intelligence / counterintelligence program known as COINTELPRO (COunter INTELligence PROgrams). What was originally deemed as a justifiable effort to protect the US during the Cold War from Soviet and Communist threats and infiltration, soon devolved into a program for suppressing domestic dissent and spying on American citizens. Approximately 20,000 people were investigated by the FBI based only on their political views and beliefs. Most were never suspected of having committed any crime.

The reasoning behind the program, as detailed in a 1976 Senate report, was that the FBI had “the duty to do whatever is necessary to combat perceived threats to the existing social and political order.” The fact that the “perceived threats” were usually American citizens engaging in constitutionally protected behaviour was apparently overlooked. The stated goal of COINTELPRO was to “expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredit, or otherwise neutralize” any individual or group deemed to be subversive or a threat to the established power structure.

The FBI’s techniques were often extreme, with the agency being complicit in the murder and assassination of political dissidents, or having people sent away to prison for life. Some of the more “moderate” actions that were used were blackmail, spreading false rumors, intimidation and harassment. It has been argued that the US is unique in that it is the only Western industrialized democracy to have engaged in such a wide spread and well organized domestic surveillance program. It finally came to an end in 1971 when it was threatened with public exposure.

Or did it?

In a stunning revelation from the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF), it appears that COINTELPRO is alive and well. Through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, PCJF was able to obtain documents showing how the FBI was treating the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement, from its inception, as a potential criminal and domestic terrorist threat. This despite the FBI’s own acknowledgement that the OWS organizers themselves planned on engaging in peaceful and popular protest and did not “condone the use of violence.”

much more at: http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/01/21/the-return-of-cointelpro/

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Response to PufPuf23 (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 02:09 PM

1. As an activist for most of my life I can assure you they never left.

Don't know if they changed names or not but it's still the same game.

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Response to JaneyVee (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 02:14 PM

2. Agree nt.

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Response to JaneyVee (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 02:41 PM

3. I am as sure they never left as sure as I am my name is on their list

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Response to PufPuf23 (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 02:48 PM

4. But are they on the tea party militias?

Who knows, but I seriously doubt it.

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Response to PufPuf23 (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 02:51 PM

5. Counterpunch, where truthy meets the web

LOL

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Response to snooper2 (Reply #5)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 03:00 PM

6. Did you read article or look at many links offered?

sources include redacted FOIA documents, FBI, other Fed government documents, NY Times, WA Post, UK Guardian, and ACLU.

My take on Counterpunch is that one should take each article on its 0own merit, there is some good and original journalism at the site. There is also some poor or biased journalism. It is a muckraking site so one can't expect positive articles.

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Response to snooper2 (Reply #5)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 03:05 PM

7. Indiscriminate, knee jerk defense of authority

is the flip side of the Extreme CT Coin.

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Response to whatchamacallit (Reply #7)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 03:32 PM

12. yes, I am a lackey for the man

LOL...

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Response to snooper2 (Reply #12)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 05:56 PM

15. More like a poor DUers version of the honorable

SidDithers.

No smilie, just "LOL..."

I have been a lackey for "the man".









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Response to snooper2 (Reply #5)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 03:24 PM

10. The best way to determine the truthfulness of an article is to check the sources....

....not to automatically dismiss based on a dislike of the publisher, however justified.

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Response to PufPuf23 (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 03:10 PM

8. Spam deleted by Ms. Toad (MIR Team)

 

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Response to ruiz64 (Reply #8)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 03:14 PM

9. Lol! All kinda crazy up in here...

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Response to PufPuf23 (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 03:30 PM

11. Have you read Green Is The New Red?

It's a good read about the DOJ's work to infiltrate, disrupt, and arrest environmental groups. While right wing terrorists are responsible for many more deaths that the environmentalists, the DOJ has it hard for the Environmental Movement.

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Response to PufPuf23 (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 03:50 PM

13. I would be tremendously surprised if the COINTELPRO list contains only 20,000 names....

...because they were active on nearly every major college campus, in addition to infiltrating any other domestic group they suspected.

Additionally, the FBI was not the only domestic LEO involved in domestic spying on, and infiltration of groups they suspected of engaging in un-American activities. Those groups, usually major city police departments, developed their own lists independent of COINTELPRO.

The Defense Department also conducted....and probably still conducts...domestic spying operations usually centered around military bases and military personnel and their interfaces with local suspect groups.

I'd be willing to bet COINTELPRO-type activities exploded after 9/11 to include surveillance of all forms of social media.

to the Man!

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Response to PufPuf23 (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 04:22 PM

14. for sure cointelpro, or its equivalent, never died.

 

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