Below is a Public Service Message:
If you see something, say something. Ratting on others for things real and imagined is as American as apple pie, lemonade stands, and domestic terrorism waged from within government and institutions of status quo power.
Also, if you have a petty vendetta, disagree with your neighbors politics, or saw something bad when you were looking into their windows from underneath their window ledge, report it immediately to someone who will send a squad car over there! We gotta pull together and STOP THE BADGUYS at their windowsills (or, Windows 10), before they come across OUR FENCE and peek into OUR HOMES from underneath OUR WINDOWSILLS!
Scoop by Memphis Commercial Appeal reveals that iconic Martin Luther King photographer Ernest Withers was an FBI informant-a RAT–and that he ratted on King directly to the FBI the day before King was assassinated in Memphis
“D’Army Bailey, a retired Memphis judge and former activist once watched by the FBI, told the paper that such covert tactics are “something you would expect in the most ruthless, totalitarian regimes.”
The Commercial Appeal found FBI reports indicating that Withers collaborated for years with FBI agents monitoring the civil rights movement. Those FBI reports, the paper’s Marc Perrusquia writes, “reveal a covert, previously unknown side of the beloved photographer.”
Digging into the late Withers’ past wasn’t easy. The Commercial Appeal’s scoop proved to be the result of shoe-leather reporting, determination and a bit of luck.
The newspaper tried unsuccessfully to obtain Withers’ informant file, with the Justice Department rejecting Freedom of Information Act requests and refusing to acknowledge that such a file even exists. However, as Perrusquia writes, the government did release “369 pages related to a 1970s public corruption probe that targeted Withers — by then a state employee who was taking payoffs — carefully redacting references to informants — with one notable exception.”
And in those documents, the Commercial Appeal notes, the government inadvertently left a single reference to Withers’ informant number, which “unlocked the secret of the photographer’s 1960s political spying when the newspaper located repeated references to the number in other FBI reports released under FOIA 30 years ago.”
Iconic photos by Withers here
Related story: How Ernest Withers was an FBI rat, and likely aided in the murder of Martin Luther King and other civil rights activists: https://www.yahoo.com/news/blogs/upshot/famed-civil-rights-photographer-doubled-fbi-informant.html
So, apparently, kids, the path to power and glory is paved with privacy rape, deception, and the corpses of those who dissent, or who are activists against the establishment order. This blog advises you to rat someone out immediately, even if you have to make it up!
Or: How to become President in One Easy Step! The odd case of Ronald Reagan, backstabbing rat:
Fed Up: The FBI’s Harassment and Spying on 1960s Students Revealed in ‘Subversives’ by Seth Rosenfeld
A new book filled with newly released FBI documents paints a damning portrait of the feds spying on, harassing, and denouncing largely innocent Berkeley students in the 1960s—with Ronald Reagan as a star FBI instigator and informant. Michael Kazin on Seth Rosenfeld’s Subversives.
How to become President in one easy step: become an FBI informant like Ronald Reagan
…every biography of Ronald Reagan describes how, in 1966, his repeated denunciations of “the mess at Berkeley” helped him claim the governorship of California in a landslide—and immediately won the hearts and minds of conservatives everywhere who saw the charismatic actor as their best chance to capture the White House….
In the crusade against troublemakers at Berkeley and their supposed codependents, Hoover could always count on the zealous assistance, both covert and public, of a number of national celebrities and local politicians. The most significant of these, Rosenfeld shows, was none other than Ronald Wilson Reagan. Reagan’s close relationship with the FBI began early in the Cold War, when he exchanged “information” about pro-Communist actors, screenwriters, and union officials with agents who stopped by his home in the Hollywood hills.
For the next three decades and more, Reagan became, according to Rosenfeld, “one of the FBI’s best contacts ever.” He routinely passed along to the Bureau rumors about Communists in the film industry and frequently lauded the agency in speeches, press interviews, and on television. So appreciative was Hoover that, in 1965, he stopped his agents from questioning Reagan about his son Michael’s close and rowdy friendship with the son of a top Mafia chieftain, Joseph “Joe Bananas” Bonanno. Instead, the FBI boss ordered his men, as Rosenfeld puts it, “to confidentially warn the father about Michael’s ‘dangerous dalliance.’” Reagan, then considering a gubernatorial campaign, responded with gratitude and relief. A high-ranking G-man reported that “he [Reagan] realized that such an association and actions on the part of his son might well jeopardize any political aspirations he might have.”
Once he took office in Sacramento, Reagan worked diligently in tandem with the Bureau to drive the scourge of radicalism from the premier campus of the state university, and to buff his own image as a defender of Middle American resentments.
The past is the present is the future is the mantra of the establishment bullies. More on how the NSA/FBI/CIA domestic data theft pipeline destroys democracy, one conversation, one illegal wiretap, one trumped up dossier- one activist at a a time here.