Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 38 Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
Exclusive to OpEd News:
General News    H2'ed 1/28/19

FBI is (still) Infiltrating Peace and Civil Rights Groups

By       (Page 1 of 1 pages)   No comments
Follow Me on Twitter     Message Josh Mitteldorf
Become a Fan
  (53 fans)

(Image by (From Wikimedia) United States Federal Government, Author: United States Federal Government)
  Details   Source   DMCA

In the 1970s, COINTELPRO was exposed. Under J Edgar Hoover, the FBI had infiltrated civil rights groups, blackmailed and then assassinated Martin Luther King, incited lone activists into violence so they could be arrested, provided bombs to peace groups, and then arrested members of the group for "approving" the use of the bombs. The Nation of Islam was completely infiltrated and leadership taken over by the FBI. It was a big embarrassment.

The program was supposed to end, but it continues to this day. Agents provocateurs are creating violent incidents at Occupy rallies. Older women at church-based peace groups find FBI agents in their midst, posing as activists.

Veterans for Peace is challenging the spying and infiltration in court.

Here's an article about the sordid history of the FBI in the height of the Civil Rights movement.

This article begins with the history of FBI infiltration of a peace group that was organizing opposition to the School of the Americas, which trains terrorists to overthrow democratically-elected governments in Latin America that are not sufficiently friendly to US business interests. The article goes on to talk about environmental groups that experience the same treatment. It ends with some guidelines: how you might detect an FBI agent in the midst of your group.

I have often asked, "Why don't we have an effective anti-war movement in America today? What happened to the Peace and Love hippies who marched on Washington to end the Vietnam war, and the Yippies who turned out in force at the 1968 Democratic convention, after Robert F Kennedy was murdered and the other peace candidate, Gene McCarthy, was maneuvered ouf of the nomination? Part of the answer is that the nation's most powerful anti-crime bureau has been re-purposed to stifle free speech and keep progressives out of the Democratic party.

None of this is legal. It is warrantless search, in violation of the 2nd Amendment. Its entire premise is the throttling of free speech as guaranteed by the 1st Amendment.

"Information warfare" has become ubiquitous and devastatingly sophisticated.

I think it's a tactical necessity that before we can make progress in the peace and environmental movements, we have to call out the FBI for suppression of our nonviolent, legitimate protests.

Must Read 4   Valuable 3   Well Said 2  
Rate It | View Ratings

Josh Mitteldorf Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Josh Mitteldorf, de-platformed senior editor at OpEdNews, blogs on aging at Read how to stay young at
Educated to be an astrophysicist, he has branched out from there (more...)

Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Follow Me on Twitter     Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEd News Newsletter
   (Opens new browser window)

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Twitter Bans The Donald

Cold Fusion: Tangible Hope in an Age of Despair

Artificial Earthquakes

New Scientific Study: Smoking Gun Evidence of 9/11 Explosives in WTC Dust

PayPal cuts off Bradley Manning Legal Defense; Backs Off under Grass Roots Pressure

To View Comments or Join the Conversation:

Tell A Friend