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Anyone else old enough to remember when COINTELPRO was murdering citizens by the dozen? [View all]

http://www.pbs.org/now/politics/cointelpro.html

COINTELPRO Again?

From John Adams' Alien and Sedition Acts to the Cold War and Joseph McCarthy, civil liberties and national security have had a delicate and troubled relationship in American history. Notorious among these is the case of the domestic surveillance program run by the FBI between 1956 and 1971 (after the censure of Joseph McCarthy by the Senate) under the name COINTELPRO (counterintelligence program). COINTELPRO was a secret FBI program designed to monitor and "neutralize" domestic groups deemed by the FBI to be a danger to national security. Such groups included anti-war groups and civil rights groups and individuals like Martin Luther King, Jr. and even Eleanor Roosevelt.

Some fear that something like COINTELPRO may again be at hand. There are undercover agents infiltrating peaceful protests in America. Pretending to be political activists, local law enforcement officials are monitoring the activities of advocacy and protest groups based on what one judge calls those organizationsí "political philosophies and conduct protected under the First Amendment." The tactic has come about as a result of the relaxation of guidelines first put into place after the COINTELPRO scandal investigation. Learn more about the history and the new guidelines below.


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I am old enough to remember this like it was yesterday. I don't remember the media getting their noses all bent out of shape over it either. They acted like it was no big deal when it was happening. Like it was completely normal back then. No outrage. They were scared of black men with guns. So they had no complaints. This precedent was set decades ago.

Anyone else remember that?

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