COINTELPRO revisited: spying and disruption of one soon becomes disruption of all.

In the 1960’s, the average person’s chances of contact with law enforcement was a rare occurrence. Fast forwards to 2001, and the average persons contact with law enforcement, or related industries is statistically likely to be 1 of every 30 random encounters, because that is the ration of citizens to law.

And in 2001, the “enemy” of freedom was th foreign terrorist (Saddam Hussein) who plotted 911. Then, the enemy was Iraq in general. Then, Syria, and now the Russians. But also, then, “they” targeted the foreign war fighter, and today? They targeted the unarmed, peaceful protester, or the guy online who utilizes Thoreau styled civil disobedience.

But now, the ever shifting sands of the sliding scale of amoral and undue processes target American’s rights of privacy, assembly, association, and actual due process in a grand make-work project.

Related: Unleashed and Unaccountable-the ACLU’s commentary on COINTELPRO 2.0; and the “bizarre new way” of “measuring” the effectiveness of counter-terrorism programs-with no oversight, and no input from citizens.

SO-in a phrase, we are literally surrounded at any time by war-fighters who have turned the massive machinery on citizens, and the hidden online armies as well. SO, the 1 in 30ratio is slimed to a mouse click online, and the same mission creep is rue of “deep state” players online such as CIA, FBI, DEA, and other intelligence agencies.

In the 1960’s, the average persons contact with these IC players would be nearly non-existent outside of a military context. Today, that is drastically, and many would argue, harmfully and abusively a different scenario, as one single click of any computer mouse typing in Google puts every citizen in direct, and persistent contact with the NSA.

And that is just the tip of the iceberg, because since 2001, the NSA has been sharing American’s data with five other nations (FVEYS), and Israel, and has an escalated step-up program of data sharing called “the Fourteen Eyes” program, which shares our data with fourteen nations.

And, all of our data snce 2001-2016 is now shared between 17 domestic spy agencies ranging from police to military IC actors.

In other words-every Americans data is now “intelligence” to be mined and exploited.In other words-we are ALL intelligence “targets” now in a grand entrapment scheme that has lasted 17 years, counting from 2001. And this is against the law on every level.

Many online today say that due process is a fools game-who needs due process when the tyranny of the masses demands slander and defamation campaigns in place of trials? Or glossy headlines that aim at the teenagers mind about  with lurid headlines touting the latest Bernaysian cause?

It sems then, that Democracy is only important to those who remember what a democracy even is, ad what it is based upon, and why.

So: it’s time for all to look back, and see where they want this democracy to go. And to do that, we must see where it comes from-because when you scream to oppress even one member of a society, you scream to oppress yourself, as was the case in the 1960’s.O 1.0, in order to understand how limited, and constrained, and chilled our democracy has become today.

COINTELPRO Revisited:
Spying & Disruption

By Brian Glick

Internet

Activists across the country report increasing government harassment and disruption of their work:

-In the Southwest, paid informers infiltrate the church services, Bible classes and support networks of clergy and lay workers giving sanctuary to refugees from El Salvador and Guatamala.

-In Alabama, elderly Black people attempting for the first time to exercise their right to vote are interrogated by FBI agents and hauled before federal grand juries hundreds of miles from their homes.

-In New England, a former CIA case officer cites examples from his own past work to warn college students of efforts by undercover operatives to misdirect and discredit protests against South African and US racism.

-In the San Francisco Bay Area, activists planning anti-nuclear civil disobedience learn that their meetings have been infiltrated by the US Navy.

-In Detroit, Seattle, and Philadelphia, in Cambridge, MA, Berkeley,CA., Phoenix, AR., and Washington, DC., churches and organizations opposing US policies in Central America report obviously political break-ins in which important papers are stolen or damaged, while money and valuables are left untouched. License plates on a car spotted fleeing one such office have been traced to the US National Security Agency.

-In Puerto Rico, Texas and Massachusetts, labor leaders, community organizers, writers and editors who advocate Puerto Rican independence are branded by the FBI as “terrorists,” brutally rounded-up in the middle of the night, held incommunicado for days and then jailed under new preventive detention laws.

-The FBI puts the same “terrorist” label on opponents of US intervention in El Salvador, but refuses to investigate the possibility of a political conspiracy behind nation-wide bombings of abortion clinics.

-Throughout the country, people attempting to see Nicaragua for themselves find their trips disrupted, their private papers confiscated, and their homes and offices plagued by FBI agents who demand detailed personal and political information.

These kinds of government tactics violate our fundamental constitutional rights. They make it enormously difficult to sustain grass-roots organizing. They create an atmosphere of fear and distrust which undermines any effort to challenge official policy.

Similar measures were used in the 1960s as part of a secret FBI program known as “COINTELPRO.” COINTELPRO was later exposed and officially ended. But the evidence shows that it actually persisted and that clandestine operations to discredit and disrupt opposition movements have become an institutional feature of national and local government in the US. This pamphlet is designed to help current and future activists learn from the history of COINTELPRO, so that our movements can better withstand such attack.

 

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