Today we take a look at the counter intelligence program run by the Federal Beauru of Investigation called Cointelpro.

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cointelproCOINTELPRO Revisited – Spying & Disruption

IN BLACK AND WHITE: THE F.B.I. PAPERS

Following are transcripts of official FBI COINTELPRO documents obtained
under the Freedom of Information Act. The March 4, 1968 communique was
sent out by J. Edgar Hoover himself just one month before the assassination
of Martin Luther King, Jr. It specifically identified Elijah Muhammed and
the Nation of Islam as primary targets of COINTELPRO, as well as Rev.
King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Other released FBI
documents show the Bureau had infiltrators within Macolm X’s Muslim Mosque,
Inc. Still others prove the FBI had undercover in the very room when he
was assassinated; one such agent actually administered mouth-to-mouth to
the dying man.

Note: in the originally released documents, most of the names of
COINTELPRO targets are censored. However, the names which are included
here exactly fit the spaces marked out by the FBI. It is also now known
that all of these individuals were in fact targeted for “neutralization”
by the FBI.

[Some emphases added by the editor.]

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SAC, Albany August 25, 1967

PERSONAL ATTENTION TO ALL OFFICES
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

[From] Director, FBI

COUNTERINTELLIGENCE PROGRAM
BLACK NATIONALIST – HATE GROUPS
INTERNAL SECURITY

[…] The purpose of this new counterintelligence endeavor is to
expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredit, or OTHERWISE NEUTRALIZE [emphasis
added] the activities of black nationalist hate-type organizations and
groupings, their leadership, spokesmen, membership, and supporters, and
to counter their propensity for violence and civil disorder. The activities
of all such groups of intelligence interest to the Bureau must be followed
on a continuous basis so we will be in a position to promptly take advantage
of all opportunities for counterintelligence and inspire action in instances
where circumstances warrant. The pernicious background of such groups,
their duplicity, and devious maneuvers must be exposed to public scrutiny
where such publicity will have a neautralizing effect. Efforts of the
various groups to consolidate their forces or to recruit new or youthful
adherents must be frustrated. NO OPPORTUNITY SHOULD BE MISSED TO
EXPLOIT THROUGH COUNTERINTELLIGENCE TECHNIQUES THE ORGANIZATIONAL AND
PERSONAL CONFLICTS OF THE LEADERSHIPS OF THE GROUPS AND WHERE POSSIBLE AN
EFFORT SHOULD BE MADE TO CAPITALIZE UPON EXISTING CONFLICTS BETWEEN COMPETING
BLACK NATIONALIST ORGANIZATIONS. [emphasis added] When an opportunity is
apparent to disrupt or NEUTRALIZE [emphasis added] black nationalist, hate-
type organizations through the cooperation of established local news media
contacts or through such contact with sources available to the Seat of
Government [Hoover’s office]*, in every instance careful attention must be
given to the proposal to insure the targetted group is disrupted, ridiculed,
or discredited through the publicity and not merely publicized…

You are also cautioned that the nature of this new endeavor is such
that UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD THE EXISTENCE OF THE PROGRAM BE MADE
KNOWN OUTSIDE THE BUREAU [emphasis added] and appropriate within-office
security should be afforded to sensitive operations and techniques considered
under the program.

No counterintelligence action under this program may be initiated
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by the field without specific prior Bureau authorization. [Emphasis in orig.]
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* [EDITOR’S NOTE: “Seat of Government” (SOG) is an official designation
created by J. Edgar Hoover to refer to his own office. Hoover was director
of the FBI for some 40 years, even receiving a special exemption from
compulsory retirement by President Ford. The “SOG” appelation is
indicative of his egotistical view of his power, which saw presidents come
and go.]

Thanks for your attention.

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