Lately I have been reading about the accusations of different people or groups being part of a known program called COINTELPRO. These accusations have
been made loosely and recklessly. Its becoming more and more apparent as more and more people accuse other people or sites of being part of this
program, COINTELPRO. It is quickly growing out of control and is turning into a form of McCarthyism.
NOTE: This differs from subz thread in how to stop the accusations and conduct ourselves appropriately rather then falling for the agenda. It takes a
different approach then his and I feel takes a proactive role in stopping the accusations made against eachother.
COINTELPRO, an FBI program between the year of 1956 and 1971 officially. Even today the idea that the program could still be running is very
plausable. The fact that such programs were around are without a doubt threatening to all those looking to make change or seek truth. Unfortunately
its become a disease to suspect and accuse people of being part of such a program. Accusing people of being part of this program is quickly becoming a
form of McCarthyism.
In order to prevent this from going on we need to address the facts. We need to understand what McCarthyism is and how COINTELPRO is related. By
understanding this, we will be able to understand just what it is we are suppose to be watching out for in the first place. By not understanding the
background behind it, we are setting ourselves up for a mistake we don't need to make.
McCarthyism is to accuse some one of being something without any credible evidence. Further more its attacking opposition of your opinion as being
part of that group. In a sense McCarthyism is to accuse something without any real evidence or just a lack of understanding what the term even means.
When you make an accusation and don't understand what the term actually means, you yourself have no idea whether its true. By engaging in these
actions, you are destroying the crediblity of others, or yourself when you cannot provide the evidence. To better stop yourself from doing such a
thing, you should understand the true definition of the accusation your making.
COINTELPRO is something thats definition has been twisted and misunderstood to the point where you make the accusation that they are part of it, and
dont understand what it actually is. COINTELPRO was a program designed by the FBI to combat certain groups that J. Edgar Hoover felt was a danger to
the American way of life. This program was made to suppress dissent among people in america. This was to stop change and disruption of plans. They
used many tactics, but the three main tactics are these:
Infiltration: Agents and informers did not merely spy on political activists. Their main function was to discredit and disrupt.
this means that they would come in, and do a sense of McCarthyism themselves. They would make accusations on people to hurt their credibility. The
things didnt have to be proven true because the mere accusation can hurt the credibility of a person. This is where the usual definition comes from.
People tend to associate people who do this with COINTELPRO. If they oppose the view of the person, sometimes that person will be accused of being
part of this program or something similar. That is a form of McCarthyism.
Other forms of deception: The FBI and police also waged psychological warfare from the outside--through bogus publications, forged
correspondence, anonymous letters and telephone calls, and similar forms of deceit.
People in COINTELPRO also make up things to further their own agendas. People who accuse others of being part of COINTELPRO rarely actually
investigate their own accusation. They will claim that the person, along with their sources are all just part of the program.
Harassment, intimidation and violence: Eviction, job loss, break-ins, vandalism, grand jury subpoenas, false arrests, frame- ups, and physical
violence were threatened, instigated or directly employed, in an effort to frighten activists and disrupt their movements. Government agents either
concealed their involvement or fabricated a legal pretext. In the case of the Black and Native American movements, these assaults--including outright
political assassinations--were so extensive and vicious that they amounted to terrorism on the part of the government.
Harrassment and intimidation can also be seen from people accusing another of being part of COINTELPRO. They rarely actually look into the fact that
they are engaging in many of the actions they claim others are engaging in.
In short, many that accuse people of being part of COINTELPRO engage in almost every form of action that COINTELPRO engages in. They attack,
discredit, and insult the people that they accuse of being part of COINTELPRO. COINTELPRO itself engages in forms of McCarthyism as a way to hurt the
credibility of others. Our members are engaging in McCarthyism and hurting their own credibility and the sites credibility by doing so.
In order to stop this we must understand that COINTELPRO is made to engage in McCarthyism to discredit, insult and harrass to discourage, and engage
in spreading misinformation about topics to confuse. If you engage in McCarthyism and accuse without evidence you are not helping root out
misinformation, but hurting the credibility of yourself and the site.
I suggest before anyone make any accusations and engage in the same acts that COINTELPRO uses to keep us from finding the truth, we seek the truth
through facts and evidence. We are suppose to deny ignorance here at ATS, and that means avoiding this McCarthyism type agenda. I address this because
I see way too many members attack and insulting one another in attempts to discredit eachother rather then seek the truth through fact/evidence.
I hope this gives everyone a better understanding of what they are doing when they are insulting and accusing, they are being a part of the COINTELPRO
agenda to further disrupt this sites cause, to find truth.
Admin edit: Moved from ATSnn.com submissions to this forum. Removed ATSnn tags.
[edit on 5-6-2006 by SimonGray]