Cointelpro, what was it? Was it an organization created for fear and .
distrust the US government, or was it a government intervention? Basically .
Cointelpro was the FBI's secret program to undermine the popular upsurge, .
which swept the country during the 1960's.
When breaking the law, for example, exposure, harassment, or .
prosecution for political crimes were getting out of hand, that's when the .
Cointelpro came in. The Bureau took the law into it's own hands and secretly .
used fraud and force to protect political activity.
We found out about the Cointelpro thanks to a FBI office, which removed .
the secret files and presented it to the media on March 1971. A big scandal .
began, because of the lawsuits and requests of the public for bringing out new .
information about it. To control all of this damage, Congress and courts .
commanded to the FBI to reveal the other half of the information about it, and to .
promise it would not do repeat their actions again in the future. Although most of .
the info was stored back into the "secret files", some was copied from the .
originals and publicized.
The Cointelpro worked by secretly instruct their field offices to propose .
schemes such as: misdirect, discredit, disrupt or otherwise neutralize certain .
individuals and groups. The most intense operations were directed against the .
Black movement, basically the Black Panther Party. The Black community had a .
lack of material resources to fight back, so the FBI and police (whites in general) .
took this as an advantage. Many other activities that opposed US intervention for .
racial, gender or class were also main targets under convert attack. There was .
no limit to those who used physical force or took up arms.
Till today we ask ourselves what effect did this all have and did it ever .
really end? Well, it had a big effect on society. It reinforced the weaknesses of .
some groups and made them learn from their mistakes to build solid and durable .