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  •  I'm going to take a second and third pass... (16+ / 0-)

    through the diary, but this caught my eye right off the top:

    It was the success of their community programs and broad coalitions -  not the guns - that lead the FBI to declare the Black Panther Party "the greatest threat to the internal security of the country,"

    That's been true of all socialist movements in the United States, for as long as I can remember.  ACORN is the most recent example.  The GOP did the takedown not because of any corruption or a flim-flam video, but because of the social impact and organizing strength of ACORN.

    Plus, it made a nice mantelpiece for the racist headhunters.

    "When reality is your enemy, insanity is your refuge." -- blue aardvark

    by Richard Cranium on Sun Sep 05, 2010 at 03:50:18 PM PDT

    •  amen richard (9+ / 0-)

      it is tue

      The BPP  however got a paticularly dramatic an violent response

      RIP Fred Hampton Mark Clark and all the fallen

      "....while there is a soul in prison, I am not free." Eugene V. Debs

      by soothsayer99 on Sun Sep 05, 2010 at 03:52:33 PM PDT

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    •  That is right!! (9+ / 0-)

      The right wing smear job on ACORN was due to its success. That's why they didn't like the Black Panthers and they misrepresented it. They didn't like their successful anti-poverty programs to catch on..would mean more taxes for the rich..

      "Comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable" - Dorothy Day

      by joedemocrat on Sun Sep 05, 2010 at 04:01:40 PM PDT

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    •  Same happened to Mario Savio (5+ / 0-)

      Savio, who famously said this to the crowd from the steps at Sproul Hall in 1964,

      "There's a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious—makes you so sick at heart—that you can't take part. You can't even passively take part. And you've got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you've got to make it stop. And you've got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it that unless you're free, the machine will be prevented from working at all."

      ...rejected Marxism but was nevertheless hounded by the FBI because of his ability to move people.

      In 1999, it was revealed that Savio had been trailed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation...He was followed for more than a decade ‘because he had emerged as the nation’s most prominent student leader.’[4] There was no evidence that he was a threat or that he had any connection with the Communist Party, but the FBI decided he merited their attention because they thought he could inspire students to rebel.[4]

      Even when he had quit the FSM, the FBI called him to their Berkeley office. They told Savio that they had received letters of a threatening nature towards him, but they would not speak with Savio’s attorney present. However, he would not agree, and instead criticised the FBI ‘for failure to make arrests and take action in the South where human rights are being violated every day.’[2] At this point the meeting ended.

      According to hundreds of pages of FBI files, the bureau:

         * Collected, without court order, personal information about Savio from schools, telephone companies, utility firms and banks and compiled information about his marriage and divorce.
         * Monitored his day-to-day activities by using informants planted in political groups, covertly contacting his neighbors, landlords and employers, and having agents pose as professors, journalists and activists to interview him and his wife.
         * Obtained his tax returns from the Internal Revenue Service in violation of federal rules, mischaracterized him as a threat to the president and arranged for the CIA and foreign intelligence agencies to investigate him when he and his family traveled in Europe.
         * Put him on an unauthorized list of people to be detained without judicial warrant in event of a national emergency, and designated him as a "Key Activist" whose political activities should be "disrupted" and "neutralized" under the bureau's illegal counterintelligence program known as COINTELPRO.[14]

      "People need dramatic examples to shake them out of apathy," Bruce Wayne in Batman Begins.

      by kck on Sun Sep 05, 2010 at 04:57:01 PM PDT

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      •  Holy Hell~! I didn't know this~! (2+ / 0-)
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        I'm certainly not surprised given Mario's power to persuade~!

        Much in the same way was John Lennon "monitored". There was a time that if John Lennon had given the "word", I truly believe he could have begun the revolution.

        WHO WAS MARIO?  

        b. December 8, 1942 - d. November 6, 1996

        Mario Savio, a man of brilliance, compassion, and humor, came to public notice as a spokesman for the Free Speech Movement at the University of California in 1964. Having spent the summer as a civil rights worker in segregationist Mississippi, Savio returned to Berkeley at a time when students throughout the country were beginning to mobilize in support of racial justice and against the deepening American involvement in Vietnam.

        John Lennon/Working Class Hero

        "The first step towards madness is to think oneself wise." ~Fernando de Rojas

        by Annalize5 on Sun Sep 05, 2010 at 09:08:36 PM PDT

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      •  "Monitored": (3+ / 0-)
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        FBI tracked King's every move

        March 31, 2008|By Jen Christensen CNN

        FBI wiretaps have "given us the most powerful and persuasive source of all for seeing how utterly selfless Martin Luther King was," as a civil rights leader, according to a leading civil rights scholar.

        "Woody Guthrie was a Dust Bowl refugee from Oklahoma. A wandering troubadour. He was also a natural-born populist whose guitar was bravely emblazoned with the in-your-face slogan: "This Machine Kills Fascists." Though blacklisted during the McCarthy Era, and dogged by the FBI..."  

        FBI Files/Malcolm X

        This project is an inventory and index of 4,000 pages of surveillance reports on Malcolm X. These pages are available in their entirety at the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) website. This online inventory provides an index to the selected portions of the surveillance records, for which no index exists.

        The Trials of J. Robert Oppenheimer

        J. Robert Oppenheimer was brilliant, arrogant, proud, charismatic — and a national hero. Under his leadership during World War II, the United States succeeded in becoming the first nation to harness the power of nuclear energy to create the ultimate weapon of mass destruction — the atomic bomb.

        But after the bomb brought the war to an end, in spite of his renown and his enormous achievement, America turned on him, humiliated him, and cast him aside. The question this film asks is, "Why?"

        "The country asked him to do something and he did it brilliantly, and they repaid him for the tremendous job he did by breaking him."
        — Marvin L. Goldberger, Los Alamos scientist and former director, The Institute for Advanced Studies

        We must count the cost of those who were persecuted for telling their truth and weep.

        "The first step towards madness is to think oneself wise." ~Fernando de Rojas

        by Annalize5 on Sun Sep 05, 2010 at 09:56:30 PM PDT

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        •  And we all should be quick to remind people (2+ / 0-)
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          ....that left unregulated, we've demonstrated throughout our history that banal and evil people will use us, use our gov't, military, and churches to crush us, first our leaders and intellectuals, and control us.

          "People need dramatic examples to shake them out of apathy," Bruce Wayne in Batman Begins.

          by kck on Mon Sep 06, 2010 at 08:08:06 AM PDT

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        •  this should be a diary unto itself (1+ / 0-)
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          thanks for this Annalize

          "....while there is a soul in prison, I am not free." Eugene V. Debs

          by soothsayer99 on Mon Sep 06, 2010 at 08:35:40 AM PDT

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          •  Sooth and kck... (1+ / 0-)
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            When I began thinking back on all the truly remarkable souls who left their footprints for those who love truth and the freedom it brings, just in this country alone, it made me cold inside. It was as if I'd seen the reality of the "machine" in full blown operation for the first time.

            These four are the tip of the iceberg. And now, with the technology available for surveillance, it makes the crude tools back then look like a cake walk.

            It's all about power, as always, the power of "the Called" be they artists, great thinkers or people of faith and courage. If, they become powerful enough to challenge the machine they become a threat simply by the nature of their integrity.

            Their power terrifies the "machinists" because it's something they cannot understand and so seek to destroy.  

            The Truth is never about money, or prestige or power for power's sake.

            I think America has come to a crossroad, yes, Sooth, an intersection.

            "The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls and tenements halls and whispered in the sounds of silence"

            Paul Simon quotes (American Singer and Song Writer, b.1941)

            "The first step towards madness is to think oneself wise." ~Fernando de Rojas

            by Annalize5 on Mon Sep 06, 2010 at 09:23:02 AM PDT

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            •   the truth cannot be supressed forever (1+ / 0-)
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              it will out in the end and yes wil turn that corner

              The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice MLK

              "....while there is a soul in prison, I am not free." Eugene V. Debs

              by soothsayer99 on Mon Sep 06, 2010 at 09:35:37 AM PDT

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