“with friends like these, who the fuck needs COINTELPRO?”

by lestro

If I may quote Propagandhi, from the album “Today’s Empires, Tomorrow’s Ashes.”

But, uh, what’s up with this shit?  Don’t we have better things to be spending our money on than spying on Quakers?

Maryland officials now concede that, based on information gathered by “Lucy” and others, state police wrongly listed at least 53 Americans as terrorists in a criminal intelligence database — and shared some information about them with half a dozen state and federal agencies, including the National Security Agency.

Among those labeled as terrorists: two Catholic nuns, a former Democratic congressional candidate, a lifelong pacifist and a registered lobbyist. One suspect’s file warned that she was “involved in puppet making and allows anarchists to utilize her property for meetings.”

Other groups they infiltrated include, and I am not kidding, a group of Quakers. Quakers!

The Quakers are a religious sect dedicated to the original, pacifist teachings of Jesus that you should love your enemy and if he slaps you on one cheek you should not respond, but simply turn the other cheek to him.

So what did they find?

They sent Lucy to join local activists at Takoma Park’s Electrik Maid, a funky community center popular with punk rockers and slam poets. Ten people attended the gathering, including a local representative from Amnesty International.

“The meeting was primarily concerned with getting people to put up fliers and getting information out to local businesses and churches about the upcoming events,” the undercover officer reported later. “No other pertinent intelligence information was obtained.”

That proved true for all 29 meetings, rallies and protests that Lucy ultimately attended. Most drew only a handful of people, and none involved illegal or disruptive actions.

Excellent work guys! I am beginning to understand why you can’t find Bin Laden: you’re spending your resources spying on pacifists and punk rockers instead of actual terrorists.  You must be so proud!

So what types of folks did they officially label as Terrorists?

Nancy Kricorian, 48, a novelist on the terrorist list, is coordinator for the New York City chapter of CodePink, an antiwar group. She serves as liaison with local police for group protests, and has never been arrested….

Josh Tulkin, 27, a registered lobbyist with the Virginia state Legislature, is cited under “terrorism — environmental extremists.” Tulkin was deputy director of Chesapeake Climate Action Network, an environmental group that claims 15,000 members and regularly meets with governors and members of Congress.

“If asking your elected officials a question about public policy is a crime, then I’m guilty,” he said.

For the record, it’s not.

Barry Kissin, 57, a lawyer who ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2006, heads the Frederick Progressive Action Coalition, a group that works “for social, economic and environmental justice,” according to his police file. Their protests “are always peaceful,” it added.

He was labeled “Terrorism — Anti-Government.”

Nadine Bloch, 47, runs workshops for protest groups that seek corporate responsibility and builds huge papier-mache puppets often used in street marches. Her terrorism file indicates she participated in a Taking Action for Animals conference in Washington on July 16-18, 2005.

Again, excellent work and good use of our resources to all of you!

If all this sounds familiar, by the way, that’s because it is. Back in the day, the government did something very similar called 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 aimed at investigating and disrupting dissident political organizations within the United States.

Among those targeted were Martin Luther King, Jr. Because that guy was obviously a violent motherfucker that needed to be watched until he could be shot.

COINTELPRO was officially disbanded in 1971 after a leftest group broke into the FBI building and discovered the secret files about the program and all it was up to. But rumors persist it has never really gone away.

And it sounds to me like in Maryland they are just re-packaging it, slapping a “New and Improved!” sticker on it and once again ignoring everything we hold sacred in this country.

Thank God this national nightmare is just about six weeks from finally being over. And let’s hope that our incoming president has the good sense to do what’s right and stop wasting money we don’t have on stupid, invasive, bullshit, Constitution-shattering programs like this.

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2 Responses to “with friends like these, who the fuck needs COINTELPRO?”

  1. fleshbucket says:

    It’s amazing the parallels between the Bush administration and Nixon’s; approval ratings, domestic spying, being “the worst president ever”, so on and so forth.

  2. but then Bush just goes ahead and takes it to another level:

    In an interview conducted earlier this month by his sister, Doro Bush Koch, Mr. Bush said he wanted to be remembered “as a person who, first and foremost, did not sell his soul in order to accommodate the political process.”

    http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/11/28/bush-weighs-in-on-his-legacy/

    and keeps on trucking:

    “I think I was unprepared for war,” Bush told ABC News’ Charlie Gibson in an interview airing today on “World News.”

    http://abcnews.go.com/WN/Politics/story?id=6356046&page=1

    perhaps what was learned during the Nixon years is that in order to get away with the constitution shredding, survive the low approval ratings and all that, a “too stupid to be a crook” figurehead was needed. Someone who could be a charming buffoon, kind of like a trained monkey, but less sophisticated. you know, like Sarah Palin…

    It’s like a teflon coating:

    http://www.adn.com/opinion/view/story/614484.html

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