"Cointelpro" Essays and Research Papers

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"COINTELPRO" was the FBI's secret program to undermine the popular upsurge, which swept the country during the 1960s. Though the name stands for "Counterintelligence Program," the targets were not enemy spies. The FBI set out to eliminate "radical" political opposition inside the US. When traditional modes of repression (exposure, blatant harassment, and prosecution for political crimes) failed to counter the growing insurgency, and even helped to fuel it, the Bureau took the law into its own hands...

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change in fundamental ideology from “liberation” to “class struggle” finally leads to the doom of the party. The party had close relations with other Third World revolutionary groups in the United States and became a threat to our country. FBI (COINTELPRO) took actions to systematically destroy the party both externally and internally. On one hand, FBI took advantage of the conflict between Black Panther Party and Karenga’s US Organization to let these two clans fight with each other. On the other...

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The Counterintelligence Program

Topic: The Counterintelligence Program also known as COINTELPRO Specific Purpose: To inform my audience about the Counterintelligence Program, (COINTELPRO). Thesis Statement: First, I will discuss the history of COINTELPRO; then I will discuss the methods of COINTELPRO; and finally, I will discuss COINTELPRO today. Introduction: I. Let me ask you this, have you ever had a feeling that someone is watching you? Have you ever been by yourself yet you don’t quite feel like you are alone? Well...

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Black Panther

weapons in public * Law Enforcement * Aimed to stop police brutality amongst the black community * Follow cops and aid those being beaten by cops * Resulted in deaths of cops and panther party members (34 killed by 1970) * COINTELPRO * Program ran by the FBI (J. Edgar Hoover was director) against radicals * Goals were to weaken black nationalist groups, discredit groups, weaken their leaders New Black Panther Party v. Old Black Panther Party * New Black Panther...

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Student Anti War Movement

the FBI’s approach was to defend national security in the face of dangerous radical groups. The SDS was referred to as the ‘new left’ the FBI’s wanted to terminate the activity of the students. A counter intelligence programme was set up called COINTELPRO- its aim was to infiltrate local SDS branches and to encourage factionalism and defections, reporting back to headquarters on any relevant information. The method favoured by the FBI was later rejected as this belief intercepted the idea of ‘freedom...

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The Black Panthers

by The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), for their political activities in the movement for liberation. The FBI's agenda at that time was to disrupt their activity and dissolve the party. The FBI achieved most of their goals by establishing COINTELPRO, by using a combination of infiltration, public propaganda, and starting rivalries within the party. The most successful venture was on December 4, 1969, when the FBI and Chicago police raided the home of party member Fred Hampton. The party was...

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History of Huey Newton

1968, J. Edgar Hoover let it be known that the single greatest threat to the internal security of the country was the Black Panthers. Therefore FBI launched a counter-intelligence program, COINTELPRO, over the Black Panthers, which only mission was to disrupt and neutralize Black Nationalist Hate Groups. COINTELPRO was responsible for the murders and beatings of hundreds of Panthers. COINTELPRO's intervention called for a quick collapse of the Black Panther Party. However, in the event of the Black...

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Cointelpro and the Assassination of Malcolm X

Assassination of Malcolm X by George Breitman, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) under the direction of J. Edgar Hoover made Malcolm the subject of an intensive surveillance investigation by the Counter Intelligence Program known by its acronym “Cointelpro” (13). Malcolm, as a Muslim minister in the NOI, had become a powerful speaker equipped with the oratorical skills which provided him the ability to attract large followings of black people into his new organization. However, Hoover had labeled...

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J Edgar Hoover

how many raced I had to fix for that bastard” Frank Costello “Hoover was in our pocket, he was not someone we needed to fear” Carmine Lombardozzi COINTELPRO Counter intelligence program established 1956 Aim to infiltrate and disrupt activities of communist party in US Series of covert and often illegal projects conducted by FBI 85% of COINTELPRO resources were used on infiltrating and disrupting suspected subversive groups Other 15% used on marginalising white hate groups Directives issued...

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Opposition to the Civil Rights Movement

dedicated anti-communist set up COINTELPRO (the counter intelligence program) which investigated radical groups. He did this because he thought that groups such as CORE, SNCC, the NACCP and the SCLC had links to the communist party who therefore posed a threat to the American Democracy. COINTELPRO spied on civil rights groups, broke into their offices and harassed civil rights activists, however, its main tactic was infiltration. This was a process where COINTELPRO agents would join groups such as...

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