Beverly Gage: When J. Edgar Hoover Tried to Destroy the Left, Liberals Helped Him
by Michael Brenes
Liberals enamored of Hoover's performance professionalism and efficiency, plus his fervent anticommunism, allowed many powerful liberals to remain on board with the repression his FBI unleashed against the political left.
SOURCE: The New Republic
The Black Panther Party Has Never Been More Popular. But Actual Black Panthers Have Been Forgotten
"What do veteran Panthers—some of whom are now at an advanced age and fighting to make ends meet after spending more than half their lives in prison—think of this recent boom in artistic and commercial interest?"
SOURCE: Spectre Journal
Revolution is Illegal: Revisiting the Panther 21 at 50
by Orisanmi Burton
"To revisit the history of the BPP is to experience the rhyme of history. Yet, the refrain is not a pleasant one."
Newly Obtained FBI Files Shed New Light on the Murder of Fred Hampton
by Aaron J. Leonard and Conor A. Gallagher
New documents shed further light on the involvement of the FBI in the 1969 assassination of Chicago Black Panther Party leader Fred Hampton, who is the subject of the new film "Judas and the Black Messiah."
SOURCE: The Atlantic
The Unsettling Message of "Judas and the Black Messiah"
by Elizabeth Hinton
The film "brings the disparities engendered by a surveillance state into focus, leaving audiences to wonder what this country would look like if the war on white supremacy were fought with the same implacable intensity as the one against the Black Panther Party some 50 years ago."
SOURCE: The Atlantic
"Judas and the Black Messiah" Is an American Tragedy
The performances of the lead actors in "Judas and the Black Messiah" elevate the story of Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton's assassination by the police and FBI to a complex story of the Black freedom movement.
SOURCE: The Conversation
Why a Shootout Between Black Panthers and Law Enforcement 50 Years Ago Matters Today
by Paul Ringel
A 50 year-old police attack on members of the High Point chapter of the Black Panther Party has been largely forgotten, but it shows the historical development of a pattern of law enforcement that targets Black militants and allows white supremacist radicals free rein.
SOURCE: Orange County Register
There’s Nothing New About Federal Meddling In Protest Movements
by Brian Bensimon
The FBI has a long history of acting more as a "national security" agency than a law enforcement body, targeting racial and ethnic minorities and leftist activists.
SOURCE: The Guardian
The FBI Has a History of Targeting Black Activists. That's Still True Today
The FBI has long disrupted and discredited civil rights leaders. It should put its authorities to better use by holding officers accountable.
SOURCE: The Intercept
A Short History of U.S. Law Enforcement Infiltrating Protests
It is a historical fact that law enforcement frequently infiltrates progressive political movements using agent provocateurs who urge others to engage in violence.
Who Killed Ralph Featherstone?
by Peter Levy
Reopening the investigation of the bombing deaths of Ralph Featherstone and William Payne at the fiftieth anniversary of the crime will shed further light on the dangers of unchecked government agencies and the shortcomings of the fifth estate.
Incognegro: How Law Enforcement Spies on Black Radical Groups
by L.E.J. Rachell
From COINTELPRO to Black Lives Matter.
SOURCE: National Security Archive
Thousands Of FBI Documents About Civil Rights Era Destroyed By Flooding
It's just been revealed that thousands of COINTELPRO documents were destroyed in Hurricane Sandy.
Revisiting the FBI's War on the American Left
by Jeremy Kuzmarov
Betty Medsger's new book "The Burglary" again shines light on the controversial (and illegal) FBI program COINTELPRO.
SOURCE: New York Times
Burglars Who Took On F.B.I. Abandon Shadows
The FBI offices in Philadelphia were burglarized forty years ago today.
Beverly Gage: Somewhere, J. Edgar Hoover Is Smiling
Beverly Gage, a Yale history professor, is the author of The Day Wall Street Exploded....There can be no question that COINTELPRO was more intrusive—if also more targeted—than today’s apparent efforts at mass technological surveillance by the National Security Agency. But there is at least one important distinction that makes today’s scandal far more disturbing. When the FBI launched COINTELPRO, it was acting alone, outside of the boundaries of established law. Today, what the NSA is doing appears to be legal—and nearly every branch of the government is complicit. Unlike Hoover’s activities, the NSA’s programs come to us with the seal of congressional and judicial approval. It didn’t take J. Edgar Hoover to engineer this scandal. We did it to ourselves....
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