Saturday, June 04, 2005

Garganta Profunda

So the big story was how the man known only as Deep Throat revealed himself. W. Mark Felt, the number 2 man at the FBI during the Watergate scandal. This now viejito is being praised left, right and sideways for the role he played in bringing down Nixon and is the center of discussions among journalists and those who love them since he was one of the granddaddies of the anonymous source world. What hasn't been discussed so much was how Mr. Felt helped organize a Federal campaign of spying and spreading of misinformation among the left wing and POC activist movements that make the Patriot Act look like a walk in the park. I'm talking COINTELPRO

COINTELPRO was one of the first things I learned about when I became an activist, since many of my mentors and teachers, former members of the Young Lords, Black Panthers, and Black Liberation Army, were all too familiar with the program.


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