COINTELPRO: The Counterintelligence Program of the FBI

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COINTELPRO was a series of FBI projects that were covert and honestly illegal projects conducted by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation. Aimed at surveilling infiltrating discrediting and disrupting domestic American political organizations. COINTELPRO went from 1956 to 1971. And some of their targets were the Nation of Islam was Martin Luther King Jr.'s organization, the southern pastor leadership conference or whatever the name was. And the only reason we ever learned about COINTELPRO. The only reason we were able ever able to get to the bottom of pros, operations. Was not because of some cross examination from Congress, was not because of a lawsuit. It was about something that I don't support, which was breaking and entering into a federal building. So during the famous Muhammad Ali Frazier fight, which was one of the most watched sporting events to date, on March 8th, 1971, a group of activists broke into the small two man office at the Federal Bureau of Investigation in media, Pennsylvania. They stole more than 1000 FBI documents that revealed years of systematic wiretapping, infiltration and media manipulation designed to suppress dissent. The citizens commissioned to investigate the Federal Bureau of Investigation. As the group called itself, forced its way in at night with a crowbar while much of the country was watching the Muhammad Ali Frazier fight. When agents arrived for work the next morning, they found the cabinets virtually empty virtually emptied, within a few weeks the documents began to show up, mailed anonymously in Manila envelopes with no return address newsrooms of major American newspapers. From that point forward after 1971, COINTELPRO was sunsetted and the government, the federal government's effort to wiretap an infiltrate American political organizations seemingly

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