Tzatziki Posted July 24, 2016 Share Posted July 24, 2016 Cointelpro and Divisive Hate The very point of the FBI?s COINTELPRO strategy of the 1960s was paranoia, divisive hatred, and ultimately cannibalization of radical opposition movements in the United States. And it was grimly successful. Now that there are signs that US police agencies are reviving such tactics, it is imperative that activists learn from the mistakes of their counterparts two generations ago, and find rational, principled, humane and above all tactically astute ways to respond. The FBI?s own webpage on COINTELPRO (from a section entitled ?FBI Records: The Vault?) states that the agency launched ?COINTELPRO?short for Counterintelligence Program?in 1956 to disrupt the activities of the Communist Party of the United States. In the 1960s, it was expanded to include a number of other domestic groups, such as the Ku Klux Klan, the Socialist Workers Party, and the Black Panther Party. All COINTELPRO operations were ended in 1971. Although limited in scope (about two-tenths of one percent of the FBI?s workload over a 15-year period), COINTELPRO was later rightfully criticized by Congress and the American people for abridging first amendment rights and for other reasons.? Documents released under public pressure in the program?s aftermath in the 1970s revealed that COINTELPRO?s stated goal was to ?expose, misdirect, destroy and neutralize? the Black Panthers and other oppositional groups. The Klan was never a serious target. Apart from the Panthers, top targets were the American Indian Movement, Puerto Rican independence movement, and New Left. Bitter fruits of COINTELPRO included the police murder of scores of Black Panther leaders and adherents, most famously Fred Hampton and Mark Clark in Chicago, and the frame-ups and wrongful convictions of many others, including Geronimo Pratt and Dhoruba Bin Wahad?both of whom spent two decades in prison before their convictions were overturned. Many veteran Panthers remain in prison today. https://www.popularresistance.org/learn-the-lessons-of-cointelpro-dont-repeat-the-mistakes/ Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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