Black Caucus to Meet with FBI Director on COINTELPRO 2017

Black Caucus to Meet with FBI Director on COINTELPRO 2017


wikipedia: COINTELPRO (an acronym for COunter INTELligence PROgram) was a series of covert, and at times illegal, projects conducted by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) aimed at surveilling, infiltrating, discrediting, and disrupting domestic political organizations. FBI records show that COINTELPRO resources targeted groups and individuals that the FBI deemed subversive, including anti-Vietnam War organizers, activists of the Civil Rights Movement or Black Power movement (e.g., Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Black Panther Party), feminist organizations, independence movements (such as Puerto Rican independence groups like the Young Lords), and a variety of organizations that were part of the broader New Left.

Next week, members of the Congressional Black Caucus will meet with FBI Director Christoper Wray on the subject of “black identity extremists.”

In August of this year, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Counterterrorism Division released a law enforcement sensitive report entitled, Black Identity Extremists (BIE) Likely Motivated to Target Law Enforcement. Never mind that during that very same same month there were fights in streets of Charlottesville, Va., after a combined meetup of white supremacists groups met.  The result was one person murdered and mayhem. Foreign Policy magazine broke the story of the BIE report but their website is too annoying to read with all the popups and registrations so I will not link to it.

On November 14, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) questioned Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Black Idenity Extremists” at a House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing.  The Black Caucus’ discussion with FBI Director Wray next week is likely to be quite lively.

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Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke is a writer, comms strategist and political analyst. She created Crewof42, a blog focused on African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke also writes for NBC BLK, The Root, NNPA and is the Managing Editor of Politic365. As part of a diverse career in politics and media, she has served as a congressional staffer for the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee, Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) and Director of Communications for Justin Fairfax for Lt. Governor of Virginia. From 2014 to 2017, Ms. Burke appeared each Monday on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin on TVOne. Ms. Burke holds a B.A. in History from The American University. She was born and raised in New York. Email: Twitter: @LVBurke. IG: @laurenvburke. Periscope: @LVBurke