A New COINTELPRO?
Publisher: Against the Current
Date Written: 24/06/2018
Year Published: 2018
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX23339
Malik discusses the revelations that the FBI is targeting Black Lives Matters and what Justice Department head Jeff Sessions calls Black identity extremists as well as the response to open racism and how to move forward.
On the May 23 program, Goodman and co-host Juan Gonzalez interviewed a Black activist, Rakem Balogun, about his arrest at his apartment by the FBI and subsequent months of detention.
As Amy Goodman explained, Balogun is a founding member of the groups Guerrilla Mainframe and the Huey P. Newton Gun Club. The groups coordinate meals for homeless people, organize youth picnics, run self-defense classes, protest police brutality and advocate for the rights of Black gun owners.
Investigators began tracking him after he was part of a 2015 police brutality protest, which the FBI learned about from a video on InfoWars, the far-right website run by Alex Jones. He was arrested following a leaked August 2017 report from the FBI's Domestic Terrorism Analysis Unit, claiming that "it is very likely Black Identity Extremist perceptions of police brutality against African Americans spurred an increase in premeditated, retaliatory lethal violence against law enforcement and will very likely serve as justification for such violence."
Goodman pointed out that "Many have also noted the FBI memo was dated August 3rd -only a few days before the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where white supremacists, Ku Klux Klan members and neo-Nazis killed an anti-racist protester, Heather Heyer, and injured dozens more. The FBI does not seem to be surveilling and targeting white people who post violent things to social media, including multiple white men who have recently carried out mass school shootings."