Monday, February 21, 2005

COINTELPRO questions round 1 for now

hey all

right down to business....reading these papers and memos should arouse some sort of uneasiness in you. Remember that this is YOUR government plotting, planning, and methodically working to eliminate "undesirables" and dissenters.

Why do you think the government was so afraid of these minority groups? (especially the Black Panther Party, BPP) Do you think that any of their fears were valid? Can you think of any ways that the FBI might have dealt with these issues differently, in maybe a more positive way? It might not be possible to deal with racial issues like these "positively", but were there other "solutions" besides having people killed or jailed?

Should groups like the BPP and the US (United Slaves) be offered equal protection under the law if the government charges them with treasonous behavior? What similarities can you draw between the BPP and a modern-day Islamic group, like the Council on American-Islam relations, which has been accused of being "soft" on terror and supporters of militant groups would wide? Should the CAIR be treated with the same respect to the law as say the AARP, even though their rhetoric may not be enitirely Pro-US?

Like it or not, many whites were not very accepting of minorities at the time of COINTELPRO. Do you think the public would have supported these policies if they knew they existed?

See what you can come up with....maybe some more later?

rRobrt

2 Comments:

At February 22, 2005 at 10:36 PM, Blogger Katie said...

"Like it or not, many whites were not very accepting of minorities at the time of COINTELPRO. Do you think the public would have supported these policies if they knew they existed?"

During the time when these covert actions were carried out, there was copious anit-black sentiment in the white community (a statement, unfortunately, that can still be made today). Although the operations themselves were secret, the public knew of the Black Panther Party--at least the aspects of the party fed to them by the people who created the COINTELPRO operations--and knew, through the news, of some of the raids carried out on BPP officials. However, because the public was so misinformed about the true nature of the BPP, and were afraid of such (what seemed to them) an apparently violent group, raids not only would have been accepted by much of the public, but encouraged.

However, let's not ignore the fact that not all whites were blinded by the facade generated by the writers of the COINTELPRO documents. Time after time, cases against the BPP were thrown out in courts of law because of their lack of evidence. It is somewhat encouraging to know that despite the strong anti-Black Panther Party sentiment during the time of the COINTELPRO operations, judges were still somewhat impartial.

 
At March 8, 2005 at 3:27 PM, Blogger Taj said...

Referring to the question: "Like it or not, many whites were not very accepting of minorities at the time of COINTELPRO. Do you think the public would have supported these policies if they knew they existed?"

I think there would be a split between the opinions of the whites regarding the COINTELPRO policies since America is such a big country with so much people. I would say that half of the people would support the policies because they are either uneducated and/or racist. The other half would argue against it because it is a violation of human rights. Yes, human rights did exist in the '60s evidenced by the fact that there were protests against the war in Vietnam and its violence shown by the media. Because there was such a crowd, it is very believable that they will never support such a corrupted FBI plan to take out the BPP.

What concerns me is the possibility of a group who would endorse such a policy. I can't understand why anyone could bare with the fact that the Police are breaking into people's home, sacking everything in that house, and killing an individual to be acceptable, even if there were many rumors of the BPP commiting many acts that supposedly disturb "the peace". Rumors are rumors (as the courts show) but what happened to the BPP was shameful.

 

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