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Title: COINTELPRO Discussion at the Holdout: Counterinsurgency Then and Now
START DATE: Friday November 30
TIME: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Location Details:
The Holdout
2313 San Pablo Ave
Oakland,CA 94612
USA
Event Type: Other
COINTELPRO Discussion at the Holdout: Counterinsurgency Then and Now

Join us for a discussion of COINTELPRO and its implications for contemporary social struggles. This will be the second of what will be monthly presentations and discussions at the Holdout about state repression. This month we will be discussing the tactics of “bad-jacketing” and entrapment. We will be presenting on the history of “bad-jacketing” in the Black Panther Party and the American Indian Movement. We will also look at entrapment – particularly the case of the Ohio 4 (within the Occupy Movement), and the role of FBI-informant Brandon Darby in Minneapolis (RNC 8) and New Orleans (Common Ground Collective), including a presentation by someone who had direct experiences with Darby. Our first meeting in October was a lively discussion of the logic and methods of state repression and counterinsurgency, including obstacles and challenges we are currently facing in Oakland and what we can do to overcome them. Next month will feature a screening of the film “Terrorizing Dissent” followed by a presentation by, and discussion with, Bradley Crowder – one of the RNC 8 who served time in federal prison because of Darby’s activities.

COINTELPRO (an acronym for Counterintelligence Program) was a series of covert, and often illegal, projects conducted by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) aimed at surveying, infiltrating, discrediting, and disrupting domestic political organizations. COINTELPRO tactics include[d] discrediting targets through psychological warfare; smearing individuals and groups using forged documents and by planting false reports in the media; harassment; wrongful imprisonment; and illegal violence, including assassination.

It is the goal of these monthly presentations and discussion about counterinsurgency tactics to better educate ourselves and create a movement culture of awareness that can withstand these ongoing methods of state repression.




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Cointelpro also includes creating fake groups with a ideology that leads to failure. It also includes operatives who infiltrate groups and become a legitimate part of the group winning the trust of everyone, taking a leadership position and then promoting the groups weaknesses and dismantling the group's strength's. They lead the group to failure by getting people to engage in activities that loses public support.

People do not have to be arrested or killed. All the group has to do is fail to organize and grow and then the counter-insurgency operation will be successful.

People need to appreciate the subtleties of how counter-intelligence operatives work. They are often educated and with a higher educational background, operatives can come up with a faulty line that sounds "revolutionary" to the uninitiated and naive.

Operatives create artificial fights between each other. This does a couple things. First, it gives people a false choice between the 2 people who are fighting. After the fight, people choose sides and go with their respective groups, both of which are false. This kind of "fight" also establishes a culture of splitting groups based on petty differences.

Operatives do not like "conspiracy theorists". If you know what's going on and speak up, they will label you a "conspiracy theorist".