COINTELPRO: The Ghosts Of Protests Past

Time for a history lesson…….

The term will have little meaning to those lily white school boys of the 60’s and 70’s……but if you were what the “bully boys” called a “pinko” then you are well  aware of the term and its uses…..

A term from my past…..back in the days of my protests I was under scrutiny by the government for my associations and my work…..you see there is nothing new about the Patriot Act or other such invasions of an individual’s privacy…..I bring this up because 45 years ago this week the program became common knowledge….thanx to the work of some brave people…..

Source: Common Dreams

Forty-five years ago on Tuesday, peace activists broke into an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania and unearthed documents exposing the government’s expansive COINTELPRO operations, which aimed to surveil, disrupt, and “neutralize” lawful activist groups, including war protesters, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the American Indian Movement, and the National Lawyers Guild.

Though the COINTELPRO revelations stirred widespread outrage and led to the eventual passage of reform legislation, such as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, such abuse of activists’ First Amendment rights continues to this day.

More than 60 national and local groups on Tuesday sent a letter (pdf) to the leaders of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees expressing concern over the FBI’s and Department of Homeland Security (DHS)’s “abuse of counterterrorism resources to monitor Americans’ First Amendment protected activity.”

The groups, which include Center for Constitutional Rights, Council on American-Islamic Relations, Government Accountability Project, Greenpeace USA, National Lawyers Guild, School of the Americas Watch (SOAW), and Veterans for Peace, among others, are urging the Committees to conduct a full investigation, not unlike the Church Committee, “to determine the extent of FBI and DHS spying in the past decade.”

“The FBI in particular has a well-documented history of abuse of First Amendment rights,” the letter states—referring specifically to the COINTELPRO operations—and such activities have continued, including “sending undercover agents and informants to infiltrate peaceful social justice groups, as well as surveillance of, documenting, and reporting on lawful political activity.”

Groups recently targeted by the FBI include SOAW, Occupy Wall Street, Black Lives Matter, and anti-Keystone XL Pipeline activists. Meanwhile DHS and local fusion centers, which operate as local sources of “counter-terrorism” intelligence gathering and sharing, monitored the Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter movements as well.

What’s more, the groups note, “documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show that the FBI continuously invokes counterterrorism authorities to monitor groups it admits are peaceful and nonviolent.”

“Labeling activism as terrorism criminalizes political dissent,” the letter states. “Given the current  political climate and draconian laws concerning terrorism, individuals may be deterred  from participating in completely lawful speech, such as a protest march, by this stigma.”

“That the FBI cannot discern between activism and terrorism shows us that they think dissent is still the enemy,” said Chip Gibbons, legal fellow with Bill of Rights Defense Committee and Defending Dissent Foundation, which organized the letter. “There have been multiple attempts at reform but after each and every one we see the same thing happening again. The FBI claims to no longer investigate groups for their political beliefs, but look at who the FBI investigates under its counterterrorism authority—peace groups, racial justice groups, economic justice groups—the very same types of organizations that were targeted during the heyday of J. Edgar Hoover.”

You see there is nothing new about the government’s attempts to neutralize such protests groups like #Black Lives Matter or the Keystone protests or the Occupy movement……the government has always found protests groups as some sort of enemy of the state….

To think that the government is moving into new territory is just wrong…..if you are a protester then you are considered an enemy.

I rather enjoyed being a “loose” cannon back in the day….and I enjoy my agitator status……

Do you feel safer today than you did yesterday?

Live long and prosper!  They are watching!

New Middle East Time Bomb

Well that is almost an oxymoron but in this case it is accurate…..in case you are confused at what I am referring to…..the Saudis beheaded a Shia cleric for criticizing the royal family……(a quick synopsis)……

The fallout in the Muslim world over Saudi Arabia’s execution of a Shiite cleric is only getting worse. After Iranian protesters broke into the Saudi embassy in Tehran to protest, Saudi Arabia severed diplomatic ties with Iran, and now Bahrain has done the same, reports the BBC. The United Arab Emirates, meanwhile, is at least downgrading ties with Tehran, reports the AP. Some coverage:

At the core of the matter is the split between Sunni and Shia Islam, and the New York Timeshas a primer.

Why was this executed cleric so important? The Guardian has a profile of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr and his long role as a “thorn” in the side of the Saudi regime.

One word for the effect on already jittery oil prices Monday? “Volatile,” reports CNNMoney.The US is worried the rising tensions will hurt the fight against the Islamic State in Syria, reports the Washington Post.

Can the White House use its influence to head off the conflict? Given the matter’s deep roots, don’t count on it, officials tell the Wall Street Journal.

Russia, of all nations, has offered to play mediator, reports the International Business Times.

So countries around Saudi Arabia have given them some support in the world…..since Saudi and Bahrain and UAE have issued support…….. one other Middle East country has joined the growing list….Kuwait…….

Kuwait announced on Tuesday it has recalled its ambassador to Iran over attacks on Saudi diplomatic missions, making it the latest Arab ally of Saudi Arabia to line up behind the kingdom amid rising regional tensions following its execution of a leading Shiite cleric and opposition figure. Sudan and the tiny island kingdom of Bahrain said Monday they would sever ties with Iran, as Saudi Arabia did late Sunday. The United Arab Emirates announced it would downgrade ties to Tehran to the level of the charge d’affaires, while other nations issued statements criticizing Iran.

Iran’s president, meanwhile, says Saudi Arabia “cannot cover its crime” in executing a the cleric by severing ties with Tehran. President Hassan Rouhani made the comments in a statement posted to his website Tuesday, referring to the kingdom’s execution of leading opposition figure Sheikh Nimr-al Nimr. Rouhani says that the “Saudi government has taken a strange action and cut off its diplomatic relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran to cover its crimes.” He adds that, “undoubtedly, such actions can’t cover up that big crime.” World powers have sought to calm the tensions, with the White House urging Saudi Arabia and Iran to not let their dispute derail efforts to end the Syrian civil war.

But why would I foresee a problem with these actions?

Bahrain and Kuwait are a majority Shia with Sunni rulers…..especially Bahrain who has already had problems in and around the Arab Spring….this could lead to further protests and possible violence along sectarian lines…..the relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia have been on a see-saw for the last 20 years…..

Source: Factbox – Troubled history of Iran-Saudi relations | Reuters

Keep in mind that NOT all Muslims follow the Islam of the Saudis…..the Saudis are the protectors of Holy Shrines….not the leader of the religion….

The pot is simmering and will only take a quick match to bring it to a boil…..and then the US is up to its ass in more trouble on the geopolitical stage.

 

What’s Going On In Palestine?

Every day the Western news media is telling us about the violence in the Occupied Territories…..most of those reports are one sided at best.  What we are told is the Palestinians are committing violence against Israelis….of course there is never any background to the violence so according to the reports the Palestinians are just prone to violence for no reason other than they hate Jews….a false belief!

Is that about what you hear and/or believe?

You know here is a thought……could there be another reason for the violence…..like Israelis are committed to eliminating the Palestinian any way they can?

You think that is a silly notion from the only “democracy” in the Middle East?

These are statement made by elected officials in Israel…..you decide…….

 

 

How would you like to be talked about in this manner?

Sadly this post will fall on deaf ears and blind eyes……but if it were me and I will be honest…..I would take it to the streets also……and so would you….even if you are too cowardly to admit it.

Enough Said!

Time To Spread Their Wings

Most Americans are aware of the situation in Israel and the Occupied Lands…..granted most of it id extremely biased….but this protest looks like it will be a lengthy one…..and Israel is doing all it can to make it as violent as possible and as one sided as can be….this way they keep some of their sympathies from 1948…..

For instance, they have passed a law that makes throwing a rock punishable by 20 years in prison (most arrested do not get the much time but they are arrested)…..plus the IDF has orders to shoot to kill with the stone throwers….and yet they still come out and attack tanks and armed troops with rocks…..

Sorry but that says something about their resolve…at least to me…..

In a recent poll in Israel the findings are disturbing…….

Over 50 percent of Israelis think that Palestinians suspected of carrying out terror activities “should be killed on the spot,” says a new think-tank poll. The hardening stance comes as 6 more Israelis were injured and 2 attackers killed over the weekend.

New shocking data has revealed that “a majority of Jewish Israelis (53%) … said they agreed with the statement that ‘any Palestinian who has perpetrated a terror attack against Jews should be killed on the spot,’” the survey, carried out by the Jerusalem-based Israel Democracy Institute, said.

The extrajudicial killings were supported even after the suspects have been arrested and “no longer pose a threat,” the self-described “non-partisan ‘think-and-do tank’ dedicated to strengthening the foundations of Israeli democracy” said on its website.

(RT.com)

Funny not much mention of the Jewish settlers that are attacking Palestinians , burning their crops before they can be harvested…….so to me this is a case of ethnic cleansing…..the sad part it appears to be “sanctioned”……the West has turned a blind eye and that gives Israel a free hand…..

It is time for Palestine to be reborn…..I know that the Palestinian people loathe the wall and all it stands for…..but why nopt use that obscene structure to your advantage?

I wrote a piece awhile back for “Legationes” explaining what I am writing…..

Source: Let the Wall define Palestine | Legationes

I believe that this can be pulled off…..it will not be easy or quick…..but what have the Palestinians got to lose?

There Will Never be Peace In The Middle East

Today BiBi comes to Washington to be sure that the “dogs” still remember their obedience training …..and I would bet there will be little mention of the problems Israel is having trying to subjugate the Palestinians…..I’m sure it will all be ignored as “self-defense”….something that Israel will not allow the Palestinians to practice…..

Recently when asked about the chances of a peace deal in the Middle East Obama said……

President Obama “has concluded that a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians is beyond reach during his presidency and will press Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to take steps to preserve the mere possibility of a two-state solution,” the Washington Post reports.

“The issue has taken on greater importance with the recent wave of stabbings carried out by Palestinians against Israelis, senior administration members said during a conference call with reporters about Netanyahu’s visit next week.”

“………Greater importance with the recent wave of stabbings carried out by Palestinians……..”?  WTF?

No mention has been made of the opposite side of the conflict……

IMEMC News: The Palestinian Health Ministry has reported, on Monday evening November 2, that 74 Palestinians, including 17 children and two women, have been killed by Israeli army fire, and more than 2355 have been injured, since October 1, 2015.

Somehow that stat is NOT important enough to mention……to be truthful…..there have been about 10 Israelis killed with others wounded…..

Can you see why the Palestinians could be a bit pissed?

The media makes it out as the Palestinians are the only ones that are committing crimes……did you know that a rock thrower now could be sentenced to 20 years in an Israeli prison?

At what point does the Western press stop pretending that they are unbiased?  Are they afraid of what will happen if they give the American people the truth or the real news?

The US needs to stop blindly supporting a country that is committing more crimes against humanity than the Russians…..

Can you now see why the world,  especially the Arab world,  has a dislike for American policies?

Divide And Conquer

Today I want to focus on the newest round of protests in the Occupied Territories….the media has not done a proper job at reporting this situation….there will be several posts on the newest “intifada”……

How many times have you heard this famous quote?  But who actually originated it?

Perhaps it was Julius Caesar….after all it is Latin…..”divide et impera”…..there is no good source of who actually voiced these famous words….so screw it!

It is a good military tactic….I mean if you can get a population turning on itself then you have pretty much won the engagement, right?

By now most Americans know of all the trouble brewing in the Holy Land….Israel has its hands full trying to subvert the Palestinians in the West Bank….unfortunately we Americans only know one side of the conflict….the Israeli side and as with most other conflicts there are two sides that need to be told…..

Sorry I digress…..I bring up the famous quote now because the Israelis are trying to recruit within the Palestinian ranks to fight other Palestinians…..

Israel pushes Druze and Christian Palestinians to join army to minimalise resistance to occupation.

Source: Israeli Army’s “sectarian recruiting” – Al Jazeera English

This tactic tells me that they, the Israeli military, is afraid that the violence will get out of hand and the world will focus on the tactics and policies that the Israelis have imposed on Palestinians that is part of the source of the most recent round of protests…..

Israel cannot afford the truth to get out……world support is the only thing that keeps Israel in power….the truth will threaten that strangle-hold they have on the media and the support that they have…..

And this is where I come in….I will continue to report the stuff the MSM refuses to let the world know…

After all I may be an American but my soul is Palestinian……

Beware Of Those Pesky Anarchists

Tomorrow is Halloween and according to the FBI the popular custom this year will be that of an ANARCHIST!

From time to time the DHS will issue warnings of possible terrorists attacks or civil disobedience….actually most of it is just fear mongering….so far they have been less than accurate (polite way of saying “fucking wrong”)……

With Halloween approaching most people are concerned about what custom their child will wear and what “treats” will they get……but not the FBI….they are warning of possible attacks, of all things, anarchists……

The FBI has issued an alert to police warning anarchists dressed in Halloween costumes plan to create disturbances and attack responding police.

The “Halloween Revolt,” according to the federal law enforcement agency, is planned by the National Liberation Militia, a group reportedly from Eugene, Oregon, and said to be responsible for violence in Seattle during the World Trade Organization conference in 1999.

According to the New York Post the group is calling for members to wear Halloween masks and use weapons such as bricks, bottles and firearms.

Source: FEATURED: FBI SAYS ANARCHISTS PLAN TO ATTACK COPS ON HALLOWEEN | Ace News Services

First of all….what the Hell is ANARCHY?

Anarchy is a confusing word to define, since it has several possible definitions. The word comes from the Greek word anarchia, which simply translates as without or lacking in authority. In the modern sense, it may be used negatively or positively, but most often, the word is used in a negative sense to imply a complete lack of order.

In another sense, anarchism may refer to the idea that people would better profit without a government of any kind. Anarchists believe that most people can govern themselves and would be happier doing so. Within this idea of self-government, as opposed to government by the state, fall many theories of how lack of a government could possibly work. There are questions of whether people, for instance, have the same currency, be asked to abide by the same laws, or have any types of organized assistance.

It would be hard to argue that all individuals are capable of doing this. For instance, in a society that is deliberately anarchist, there is the question or what would be done with a person who was severely incapacitated by mental retardation. The person might not be able to act in his or her own best self-interest or for the welfare of the society. If that person had no caretakers, it’s unclear what provisions in an ungoverned society there would be for caring for such a person.

(Wisegeek)

About here my reader knows that there has got to be a history lesson in here somewhere, right?

You are in luck!

Anarchy is a form of socialism……it became associated with violent protests back in the 1890’s……a group of anarchists at a labor parade started acting violently and the media immediately made it the tenet of anarchy……and it has been used in that context ever since…….

As they say in “Starship Troopers”…….”would you like to know more?”

Source: Anarchists! Militias! War on Cops! Halloween! It’s All Connected, Sheeple! – Hit & Run : Reason.com

Is this a true threat or is it just the FBI attempting to look as if they are effective?  (Something that they desperately need….good PR)

Or better……has the FBI been punked?