I used to laugh all the time whenever I see references to COINTELPRO on this forum. Half of the time I think it's a joke. There are people on here
who still support the government in some way or another. That doesn't make them COINTELPRO, that just means they just support a political party. And
that's the way our Republic functions... I may disagree with that, but, that's how they are set up.
But, I have been doing a bit of research on COINTELPRO because I was researching for my class project in research design and methods on the Patriot
Act and I came across this very frightening report that was done by the select committee to study governmental operations in 1976 that was sent to the
The book can be found here: www.icdc.com...
And it's super scary because it exposes in classified government files how the government used to infiltrate anti-war groups and monitor them and how
it split apart the Black Panthers, turned them against one another and made them fight each other just for the sole sake of fragmentation. I was
always taught the Black Panthers were a radical group but I wonder how much of it was the government now.
Apparently, according to this website I think, it says that Reagan signed an executive order bringing it back
) and there's a whole bunch more stuff there about current things.
The fact that under the Patriot Act the government is using the aiding and abetting amendments to continue to monitor anti-war groups makes me think
it's less about fighting terrorism and more about keeping an eye on anyone who opposes the government. They could very well be watching this site,
or, any site with disagreeing views. I won't let that intimidate me, I know the risks, and if you are a government operative reading this post, I am
not afraid. We welcome you here too, and, to participate in the discussions.
But initially I was just researching the Patriot Act, but, the fact that the government has a history of doing this all the way back since the 1940s
really frightens me. Bush didn't end our freedoms. He just codified into law what has been going on for a long, long time and tried to legalize it.
Maybe, there is something inherently wrong with the way the government treats the first amendment?
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