One night in 1971, files were stolen from an F.B.I. office near Philadelphia. They proved that the bureau was spying on thousands of Americans. The case was unsolved, until now.

By Retro Report January 7th, 2014

Category: Legal, Video

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2 Responses to “CointelPro: Stealing J. Edgar Hoover’s Secrets”

  1. mathman says:

    Hey Barry! Well, I did such a great job with my last comment that I thought you might like these:

    the first makes one wonder just how much “expertise” is involved steering money into the markets.

    RBS Pays $600 Million for Manpulating Interest Rates … But Big Banks Are Manipulating EVERY Market to the Tune of Trillions of Dollars

    [with the evidence linked in each paragraph, check this article out]

    Interest Rates Are Manipulated
    Currency Markets Are Rigged
    Derivatives Are Manipulated
    Oil Prices Are Manipulated
    Gold and Silver Are Manipulated
    Energy Markets Are Manipulated
    Commodities Are Manipulated
    Everything Can Be Manipulated through High-Frequency Trading
    Manipulating Numerous Markets In Myriad Ways

    The other article is this one (on topic for a change), which just underscores how far this country has fallen

    We’ve Known for Some Time that the NSA Is Spying On Congress
    Posted on January 8, 2014 by WashingtonsBlog

    What It Really Means

    The NSA pretty much admitted to spying on Congress this week.

    It’s not the first time. David Sirota notes:

    When I asked U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) if the NSA was keeping files on his colleagues, he recounted a meeting between NSA officials and lawmakers in the lead-up to a closely contested House vote to better regulate the agency:

    “One of my colleagues asked the NSA point blank will you give me a copy of my own record and the NSA said no, we won’t. They didn’t say no we don’t have one. They said no we won’t. So that’s possible.”

    Grayson is right: presumably, if the NSA wasn’t tracking lawmakers, it would have flatly denied it. Instead, those officials merely denied lawmakers access to whatever files the agency might have. That suggests one of two realities: 1) the NSA is keeping files on lawmakers 2) the NSA isn’t keeping files on lawmakers, but answered vaguely in order to stoke fear among legislators that it is.

    Sirota notes the danger of even the threat of spying on the legislature:

    Regardless of which of these realities happens to be the case, the mere existence of legitimate fears of congressional surveillance by an executive-branch agency is a serious legal and separation-of-powers problem. Why? Because whether or not the surveillance is actually happening, the very real possibility that it even could be happening or has happened can unduly intimidate the legislative branch into abrogating its constitutional oversight responsibilities. In this particular case, it can scare congressional lawmakers away from voting to better regulate the NSA.

    And the Atlantic points out:

    Access to that telephone metadata would be extremely useful for manipulating the legislature.

    [concludes with]

    Sound paranoid?

    Maybe. But remember:
    ◾The NSA has been tracking people’s porn in order to discredit them. The New York Times reports that this type of behavior has been going on for a long time: “J. Edgar Hoover compiled secret dossiers on the sexual peccadillos and private misbehavior of those he labeled as enemies — really dangerous people like … President John F. Kennedy, for example”.
    ◾A high-level NSA whistleblower says that the NSA is spying on – and blackmailing – top government officials and military officers, including Supreme Court Justices, high-ranked generals, Colin Powell and other State Department personnel, and many other top officials
    ◾Another very high-level NSA whistleblower – the head of the NSA’s global intelligence gathering operation – says that the NSA targeted CIA chief Petraeus
    ◾Blackmail of Congress members may be common

    Indeed, because the NSA’s raw information is shared with Israel, it is possible that the Israeli government is blackmailing our congress members. The Guardian reported in September:

    The National Security Agency routinely shares raw intelligence data with Israel without first sifting it to remove information about US citizens, a top-secret document provided to the Guardian by whistleblower Edward Snowden reveals.


    According to the agreement, the intelligence being shared would not be filtered in advance by NSA analysts to remove US communications. “NSA routinely sends ISNU [the Israeli Sigint National Unit] minimized and unminimized raw collection”, it says.


    A much stricter rule was set for US government communications found in the raw intelligence. The Israelis were required to “destroy upon recognition” any communication “that is either to or from an official of the US government“. Such communications included those of “officials of the executive branch (including the White House, cabinet departments, and independent agencies), the US House of Representatives and Senate (member and staff) and the US federal court system (including, but not limited to, the supreme court)”.

    And it’s not just the NSA.

    Last year, Eric Holder refused to say whether the Department of Justice was spying on Congress.

    When one branch of government spies on another, “America has no functioning democracy”.

  2. rd says:

    In case anybody was wondering why there are almost no white collar crimes being prosecuted, here is the current list of FBI priorities:

    Our Priorities

    The FBI focuses on threats that challenge the foundations of American society or involve dangers too large or complex for any local or state authority to handle alone. In executing the following priorities, the FBI—as both a national security and law enforcement organization—will produce and use intelligence to protect the nation from threats and to bring to justice those who violate the law.

    1. Protect the United States from terrorist attack
    2. Protect the United States against foreign intelligence operations and espionage
    3. Protect the United States against cyber-based attacks and high-technology crimes
    4. Combat public corruption at all levels
    5. Protect civil rights
    6. Combat transnational/national criminal organizations and enterprises
    7. Combat major white-collar crime
    8. Combat significant violent crime
    9. Support federal, state, local and international partners
    10. Upgrade technology to successfully perform the FBI’s mission

    The financial sector and others have been able to use Orwell’s “War is Peace” approach with the Global War on Terror to refocus the FBI away from crimes and against terror instead. Prosecuting white collar and violent crime is only a couple of rungs up from upgrading the FBI’s laptops and phones on their priority list. No wonder we are gettng institutionalized fraud and school massacres.