Thursday, 24 January 2013

The Return of COINTELPRO?


For 15 years (1956-1971) the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) ran a broad and highly coordinated domestic intelligence / counterintelligence program known as COINTELPRO (COunter INTELligence PROgrams). What was originally deemed as a justifiable effort to protect the US during the Cold War from Soviet and Communist threats and infiltration, soon devolved into a program for suppressing domestic dissent and spying on American citizens. Approximately 20,000 people were investigated by the FBI based only on their political views and beliefs. Most were never suspected of having committed any crime.

The reasoning behind the program, as detailed in a 1976 Senate report, was that the FBI had “the duty to do whatever is necessary to combat perceived threats to the existing social and political order.” The fact that the “perceived threats” were usually American citizens engaging in constitutionally protected behaviour was apparently overlooked. The stated goal of COINTELPRO was to “expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredit, or otherwise neutralize” any individual or group deemed to be subversive or a threat to the established power structure.

The FBI’s techniques were often extreme, with the agency being complicit in the murder and assassination of political dissidents, or having people sent away to prison for life. Some of the more “moderate” actions that were used were blackmail, spreading false rumors, intimidation and harassment. It has been argued that the US is unique in that it is the only Western industrialized democracy to have engaged in such a wide spread and well organized domestic surveillance program. It finally came to an end in 1971 when it was threatened with public exposure.

Or did it?

In a stunning revelation from the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF), it appears that COINTELPRO is alive and well. Through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, PCJF was able to obtain documents showing how the FBI was treating the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement, from its inception, as a potential criminal and domestic terrorist threat. This despite the FBI’s own acknowledgement that the OWS organizers themselves planned on engaging in peaceful and popular protest and did not “condone the use of violence.”
http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/01/21/the-return-of-cointelpro/

It's unlikely that COINTELPRO operations ever really ended. We know that the Pentagon and CIA work hand-in-hand with the mainstream media in pushing propaganda that serves the military-industrial-complex. Knowledge of CIA involvement comes from Operation Mockingbird while the Pentagon's involvement is much more transparent via numerous talking head experts offering their opinions in matters of armed conflict - to the exclusion of critical opinion offered by independent geopolitical experts.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 24th, 2013.]

2 comments:

steven andresen said...

spook,

I just re-watched the film, "The Bourne Legacy," the newest in that series.

Have you seen it.

The story involves superspies, but, the way they make these guys is through bio-chemical engineering.

Another mechanism has to do with using this bio-engineering to make a person perform according to suggestion. A scientist in a lab takes a gun to work and kills everyone but one scirntist, and then kills himself.

The idea in the film is just the idea that has been suggested has been at work with many of these shootings, particularly the one in Connecticut.

So, no one, I believe, should be able to ignore or refuse to recognize the claim that these killings were the result of some drugs that these killers were on.

The claims I have heard have been that these killers have been on SSRI anti-depressants which over time have caused homicidal and suicidal thoughts.

I imagine the question should be whether the use of these drugs to make these episodes is just a natural progression from the use of the "lone nut" gambit. Both are just cover stories.

Do you understand these things differently?

SpookyOne said...

S,

I think it's good to take each case on its merits.

I do think that SSRIs probably are responsible for a number of mass shootings and suicides on their own. The warnings on some of these drugs indicate the patient may suffer various pyschotic side effects.

Of course there is also the lone nut patsy scenario and if SSRIs can assist in such situations I'm sure they would be used. I'd bet they have.

The particular circumstances of each shooting should be examined to see what evidence there is for other individuals participating in any murder.

I have not seen the Bourne Legacy. :)

Spook !