A dangerous Negro

The Legacy of COINTELPRO

W.C.Sullivan, former head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation intelligence operations under Hoover. Forced to resign in 1971.“We must mark [Martin Luther King] now, if we have not before, as the most dangerous Negro in the future of this Nation from the standpoint of communism, the Negro and national security.”

United States Government Memorandum. Date: August 30, 1963. To: Mr. A. H. Belmont. From: Mr. W. C. Sullivan, Subject: Communist Party, USA – Negro Question.*

Branko Marcetic comments in Jacobin on-line:

To get a sense of how little has changed, consider the FBI today. The Bureau now spends an inordinate amount of time and resources paying or otherwise bribing criminals into becoming paid informers, and using them to goad and entrap young, poor, and sometimes mentally handicapped Muslim men into carrying out terrorist attacks they would neither have the wherewithal nor intention of otherwise committing.

Since 2014, at least eighty-eight people have been arrested on charges of supporting ISIS, many of which had little or no connection to the terrorist group. That doesn’t even count those arrested on more generic terrorism charges, typically in plots the FBI themselves have created. [link to article]

– Branko Marcetic: The FBI’s Secret War, Sixty years ago, the FBI launched COINTELPRO. Its mission was simple: destroy the Left. In: Jacobin on-line. Date: 31 Oct 2013. URL: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2016/08/fbi-cointelpro-new-left-panthers-muslim-surveillance/ . Last viewed: 31 Oct 2016.

* American Radio Network: The FBI’s War on King. In: http://americanradioworks.publicradio.org. (features) Date: 2016. URL: http://americanradioworks.publicradio.org/features/king/d4.html . Last viewed: 31 Oct 2016.