Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Cointelpro Redux?

It's been over 30 years since Nixon used the FBI as a political weapon. Cointelpro was a program that infiltrated dissent groups like the NAACP, kept files on people like Martin Luther King for blackmail purposes, and performed agitprop functions in many of the antiwar organizations.

According to this NY Times story, it looks like the Bush administration is once again using the FBI against organizations dissenting against various policies.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has collected at least 3,500 pages of internal documents in the last several years on a handful of civil rights and antiwar protest groups in what the groups charge is an attempt to stifle political opposition to the Bush administration.

The F.B.I. has in its files 1,173 pages of internal documents on the American Civil Liberties Union, the leading critic of the Bush administration's antiterrorism policies, and 2,383 pages on Greenpeace, an environmental group that has led acts of civil disobedience in protest over the administration's policies, the Justice Department disclosed in a court filing this month in a
federal court in Washington.

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