Former Church Committee Chief Counsel Pushes for New Investigation Into Secret Government

By: Thursday March 13, 2014 4:05 pm

The former chief counsel for the Church Committee, Frederick A.O “Fritz” Schwarz Jr., is pushing for a new committee that would investigate secret government, particularly actions by government since the September 11th attacks. He is currently chief counsel for the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law School and the winner of the 2014 Ridenhour Courage Prize, which [...]

Martin Luther King Jr., COINTELPRO and the Normalization of Bulk Surveillance in Post-9/11 America

By: Monday January 20, 2014 12:11 pm

There are few better examples of why there should be no bulk data collection, surveillance where the personal data of millions is collected indiscriminately and without suspicion. Neither United States government agencies nor private companies should possess repositories of records or communications that are stored for searches later. And yet President Barack Obama plans to [...]

Former Church Committee Investigator to Testify at Trial Against US Military Spying on Activists

By: Monday January 13, 2014 5:03 pm

A former Church Committee investigator, former Army intelligence officer and a professor of constitutional law has agreed to be an expert witness in a lawsuit challenging domestic military spying against antiwar activists. From 2006 to 2009, a group called the Port Militarization Resistance (PMR) in Olympia and Tacoma, Washington, organized demonstrations against the “use of [...]

Activists Who Took FBI Files in 1971 Praise Edward Snowden, Defend How He Blew the Whistle

By: Tuesday January 7, 2014 4:34 pm

The shrill brigade of critics opposed to National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden have repeatedly emphasized their belief that if he truly thought he was engaged in civil disobedience he should have remained in the United States and allowed himself to be jailed and prosecuted like Daniel Ellsberg or even Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. [...]

The FBI’s Political Decision to Put Assata Shakur on Its List of ‘Most Wanted Terrorists’

By: Friday May 3, 2013 8:23 pm

The FBI has added former Black Panther and former member of the Black Liberation Army, Assata Shakur, to its “most wanted terrorist” list. The decision is political and clearly aimed at the Cuban government, which granted political asylum to her after she escaped from prison in 1979. It also is an escalation of the government’s [...]

The Risks Homeland Security Fusion Centers Pose to Americans’ Civil Liberties

By: Friday October 5, 2012 4:26 pm

A scathing report released days ago by a Senate subcommittee concluded Department of Homeland Security fusion centers at the state and local level had not “produced useful intelligence to support federal counterterrorism efforts.” It also found “DHS-assigned detailees” have “forwarded ‘intelligence’ of uneven quality—oftentimes shoddy, rarely timely, sometimes endangering citizens’ civil liberties and Privacy Act [...]

Manufacturing a “Black Separatist” Threat and Other Dubious Claims: Bias in Newly Released FBI Terrorism Training Materials

By: Tuesday May 29, 2012 12:30 pm

In a throwback to the J. Edgar Hoover-era COINTELPRO investigations targeting civil rights and anti-war activists, the FBI is now training its agents to be on the lookout for “Black Separatist” terrorists, according to FBI training materials released today by the ACLU. These new disclosures, obtained through Freedom of Information Act litigation, are the latest in a growing flood of FBI training materials that include factually flawed and biased information.

The FBI’s apparent concern over a so-called “Black Separatist Threat” first came to light last year, when the ACLU released a 2009 FBI Atlanta Intelligence Note that purported to examine this “threat,” in part by charting the growth of the black population in Georgia from 2000 through 2015.

The FBI’s Framing of Long-Time Chicano Activist Carlos Montes

By: Tuesday May 15, 2012 10:57 am

(update below) Long-time Chicano activist Carlos Montes, who has been active in the antiwar, education and civil rights movements in Los Angeles for decades, goes on trial today for bogus charges that are being brought against him for purchasing a gun. It is a political trial and a continuation of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s [...]

FBI Director’s Term Extension Ensures Neo-COINTELPRO Operations Will Prevail

By: Friday July 29, 2011 2:32 pm

FBI Director Robert Mueller (photo: TalkMediaNews ) Just days ago, the Obama Administration and Congress effectively made legitimate all the operations of the FBI since FBI Director Robert Mueller took over the agency one week before the September 11th terror attacks. The extension of Mueller’s term makes it possible for Congress to move forward without addressing [...]

What’s Past is Prologue: the Case of COINTELPRO

By: Friday July 15, 2011 4:11 pm

BORDC has produced a powerful short video to explain the history of political repression by the FBI.

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