With friends like these, who the fuck needs COINTELPRO / by Bryan West

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If I was better at the internet, I would have planned a Valentine's Day post, but I'm not, and I didn't. I wanted to do another Black History-inspired post. These days there are a lot of liberals rooting for the FBI, but it's important to remember that the FBI is predominantly right-wing authority that has done(and continues to do) terrible things. COINTELPRO was a program designed to systematically infiltrate, descredit, harass, and destroy The Black Panthers and other socialist or anti-war organizations. It is regarded by most as a mistake and an embarrassment, but even today we see BLM being investigated by the FBI and it's not hard to imagine what sort of nefarious methods they might be using given today's surveillance culture.