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From: firstname.lastname@example.org (milne_v)
Subject: Re: NY Times editorial supports COINTELPRO-based ridicule
Date: 13 Oct 2002 08:24:00 -0700
NNTP-Posting-Date: 13 Oct 2002 15:24:01 GMT
"Allen L. Barker" wrote in message news:<3DA8FCFB.EDE6B3DD@datafilt
> Here is a recent editorial in the NY Times (which also
> recently ran an editorial sympathizing with government
> The subject here is Martin Luther King, Jr., and in
> particular a recent movie in which his extramarital
> affairs are the subject of jokes.
> Are these affairs suitable matter for joking? I am
> not going to discuss that. The question is, how does
> anyone know about his extramarital affairs? They know
> because the FBI targeted King for extensive surveillance,
> wiretapping, bugging, and harassment operations. The
> FBI then learned of King's affairs and purposely advertised
> this information in the hopes of discrediting him. Oh,
> and they also tried to induce him to commit suicide with
> veiled threats to reveal the information.
> I am not so worried that people might joke about King's
> affairs as that they might "forget to mention" the source
> of such information. This abuse is completely, incomparably
> worse than any transgression King committed against his
> wife and family. In this light, the whole article above
> reads as nothing less than condesension and pandering to
> presumed ignorance. The article talks of hypocricy in an
> ironic sense, because the word COINTELPRO never occurs.
> This is the perfect illustration of how the "powers that
> be" put down leaders. Such leaders are put under the microscope
> of some of the most amoral and hateful pigs on the planet, abusing
> the most fundamental human rights. The full powers of the
> taxpayer-funded government are abused in secret to
> unconstitutionally target citizens. But because this is a
> government operation, even documented history somehow tends
> to be conveniently forgotten again after the outrage is
> presumed to have dissipated.
> Talk about hypocricy. How would your (or anyone's) life look if,
> say, 30 agents were dedicated to surveillance and discrediting
> operations against you? Oh, and by the way, that fact just cannot
> be mentioned even as your smallest fault is magnified in the
> national press. Could the status quo leaders stand that sort of
> scrutiny and ongoing harassment? King's "crime" was organizing
> and demanding basic civil liberties in a society we now presumably
> all know was outrageously unjust.
> Barbershop my ass, how patronizing. This is how they operate.
> Ridicule is the first line of suppression by the US harassers,
> who wear clown suits while applying cattle prods. If you
> cannot understand that you will always be subject to it.
> And supposed protections against such abuses have recently been
> weakened, to put it mildly. Ha ha ha, my leaders are jokes
> and the status quo leaders rule. (And to anticipate a spinning
> line, any fool can see the difference between this and ordinary
> jokes at the expense of leaders in a free society.)
You seem to mention very little about the fact that certain well known
far right wing interests have been engaged in a "social cleansing war"
for some years now under the rubrick and with funding from the WOD,
Community Policing, Operation Weed and Seed, Block Watch militia style
programs as well as a number of other large scale initiatives too
numerous to mention. The right wing populism is wearing thin even with
some of the more ardent newer recruits who can't help noticing that
many of these policies are no more than a gentlemans agreement to
steal from the poor and middle class and give to the rich, all the
while blaming the poor and middle class for not being adequetly
motivated. Some of these groups can be named eg: The Heritage Front,
The World Church of the Creator, various right wing militias, the anti
abortion movement, The Canadian Ethnic Cleansing Team, The Iron Guard,
various right wing recreational gun lobbies and hunters groups as well
as any number of other far right Chistian associations using grass
roots battle cries that include the protection of family values. I
thought I'd add this to the list of speculated perpetrators of
harassments etc. A well known adovocate of these harassments was outed
some time ago in the mainstream press as well as his connections to
many of the above mentioned groups. The tactics used by this
individual as well as the denials the followed could be easily
recognizable by many people who have been similarly assailed. The
above observations also tend to be a little less DSM-4 friendly as
opposed to the CIA, NSA, FBI models that are often thrown around.
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