COINTELPRO Alive and Well in Los Angeles

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

The rulers of the United States – especially the ones that call themselves Democrats – pretend they are seeking an accommodation with the grassroots movement against police terror. In reality, the State “is intent on breaking the back of the movement” through selective arrests and prosecutions, dirty tricks, disruptions, hyper-surveillance, the mapping of activist social networks and “gathering evidence for conspiracy charges in the future.”


Why We Should Teach About the FBI’s War on the Civil Rights Movement

by Ursula Wolfe-Rocca

Nobody’s history – Black, white or brown – is taught in U.S. classrooms if COINTELPRO is not part of the lesson plan. Civics and social studies are defective and deceptive if they fail to inform students of the FBI’s campaign to “neutralize” dissidents by any means necessary, including murder. Young people must learn that the Civil Rights Movement “had to contend with a declaration of war made against it by its own government.”

BlackLivesMatter Activists: Targets of US Surveilence

by BAR editor and columnist Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo

The Obama administration’s spy agencies have been keeping track of the movements, communications and activities of the new crop of Black activists. Although not surprising, the recent reports should give rise to “new strategies and tactics to exchange information among groups, and new modalities to circumvent infiltration and, ultimately, government sting operations.”

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