COINTELPRO: The U.S. Government’s War Against Dissent

COINTELPRO (an acronym for Counter Intelligence Program) was a series of covert, and often illegal, projects conducted by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) aimed at surveilling, infiltrating, discrediting, and disrupting domestic organizations deemed “subversive”.

On March 8, 1971, a group of anonymous activists broke into the small, two-man office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Media, Pa., and stole more than 1,000 FBI documents that revealed years of systematic wiretapping, infiltration and media manipulation designed to suppress dissent.  The Citizens’ Commission to Investigate the FBI, as the group called itself, forced its way in at night with a crowbar while much of the country was watching the Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier fight. When agents arrived for work the next morning, they found the file cabinets virtually emptied.

Within a few weeks, the documents began to show up — mailed anonymously in manila envelopes with no return address — in the newsrooms of major American newspapers.

COINTELPRO tactics included discrediting targets through psychological warfare, planting false reports in the media, smearing through forged letters, harassment, wrongful imprisonment, extralegal violence and assassination. Covert operations under COINTELPRO took place between 1956 and 1971, however the FBI has used covert operations against domestic political groups since its inception.

FBI COINTELPRO Program Memo (August 25, 1967)

Memo outlining the FBI’s program for to “disrupt” and “neutralize” Black leaders and organizations.

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FBI COINTELPRO Program Memo (January 7, 1969)

Memo outlining the FBI’s program to misdirect, disrupt and cause “the destruction” of the Nation of Islam.

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Nation of Islam targeted by Homeland Security (December 24, 2009)

Master W. Fard Muhammad and FBI COUNTERINTELLIGENCE PROGRAM

Historical Analysis

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National Security Council Memorandum-46 - Black Africa and the U.S. Black Movement (March 17, 1978)

Internal NSA Memo (Pres. Carter Administration) on preventing the organizing and coordinated unity between Black America and Black Africa

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The Untold Story of COINTELPRO -Past and Present

One of the foremost websites that documents the FBI’s Counter Intelligence Program in America. NOTE: Internet Archive is provided as original site has been removed.

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The Murder of Malcolm X

Malcolm X College – Chicago, IL. February 21, 1990
Historical Analysis by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

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CIA Manipulation of the Press/Media

Official documents expose U.S. Government's role
in the 1966 overthrow of Kwame Nkrumah (1st President of the Republic of Ghana)

Detailed analysis of the U.S. Government’s role in the overthrow of Ghana’s first president, Kwame Nkrumah.

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Inside ADL's spy operation -Paper trail of deceit

RAP COINTELPRO - Subverting the power of Hip-Hop

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