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The Panthers used to ride around and follow the police.

So the cops would pull over some sorry black person, and get ready to rough him up, but then there were the Panthers right behind them. Watching, armed to the teeth, and citing legal statutes. It’s inspirational.

Bring it back.

Bring this back.

For real.

That’s why the FBI broke them up, isn’t it ?

That among other community initiatives. They had weapons training, self defense, their free breakfast program and ran a newspaper. They raised money to pay for bail and legal funding for people. And they used to notify the community of their rights and encourage people to know the laws and protest the one which were unjust. That type of shit irked the local police and damned sure struck a nerve with the FBI. They were taking back the streets and providing the protection the police were never interested in bringing to their neighborhoods from the very start. So it’s always fuck the FBI for me.

Also let’s be starkly clear about this: under COINTELPRO the FBI raided the homes of Black Panthers and outright murdered them. They conspired with local police forces to harass, assault, and concoct false evidence against anybody affiliated with the BPP. And they didn’t keep their operations confined to the black community directly. When a white woman working in civil rights was killed by the KKK (they were aiming at her black passenger) the FBI excused the KKK by claiming that she was a communist and slept with black men. They refused to accept the reports of white agents who said that the BPP were no threat and demanded that the agents falsify information to paint the BPP as violent domestic terrorists. The FBI was determined to quash revolutionary black movements that were chiefly devoted to community protection and development and they stopped at nothing in their attempts to reach this goal.

One thing we don’t talk about even in our own retellings and reclaimings of BPP history is that a large part of the reason the government worked to break them up wasn’t because of armed action, but because they provided so many necessary social services and programs: free breakfast for children, walking the elderly to and from banks safely to cash their social security checks, free medical centers, door-to-door sickle cell testing, blood drives, raising money for bail, clothing donations, legal aide, busing people to and from prisons to visit, commissary for prisoners. Not only did they fight back against state violence in their confrontations with police, but also by resisting the forced conditions of poverty, criminality and scarcity created by the state to further destroy their communities. J. Edgar Hoover genuinely wrote in an FBI memo that:

“The Breakfast for Children Program B represents the best and most influential activity going for the BPP and, as such, is potentially the greatest threat to efforts by authorities B to neutralize the BPP and destroy what it stands for.”

When I need a good example of the antiblackness that is fundamental to this country’s history and how it persists even now, I remember that the BPP were viewed as a threat to national security, not because they were armed, but  because they wouldn’t allow black children to die from starvation and malnutrition. 

You know what’s really instructive? Take a gander at the FBI’s own records on COINTELPRO at their website. There are thousands of pages. Just a quick look at the first two pages about the Socialist Workers’ Party indicates that the FBI’s first instinct was to disrupt a fundraising bazaar by writing a letter to the Better Business Bureau to expose the SWP as the organizers of the bazaar and the intended beneficiaries. And then take a look at the first of 23 vaults about Black extremist counter intelligence programs the FBI organized - right there in the beginning the writer lays it all out: that the groups they intend to monitor, disrupt, and disband are black nationalist and hate type groups, that they should be exposed to public ridicule, and include groups like the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Or, maybe read up on the Palmer raids of 1918-21 the FBI carried out against Communists, Anarchists, unionists, and immigrants. Famously, Emma Goldman was deported to the USSR after being caught up in one of them. Churchill & Vander Wall’s Agents of Repression have a great introduction to the FBI’s days as the Bureau of investigation that details how the Palmer raids formed an integral part of the Bureau’s history. In their introduction, Vander Wall and Churchill make quite clear how to deal with the State and its efforts to silence, intimidate, and repress.

It Did Happen Here:  Recollections of Political Repression in America, edited by Bud and Ruth Schultz, gives us recollections by American activists about State repression throughout the 20th century. They provide some good reading about the State’s intelligence gathering efforts as well as good suggestions for further reading.

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Remember when you thought knowing history would somehow help you prevent it from recurring?
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By tonycpsu in ""He has neither the temperament nor the judgment to be president"" on MeFi

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Scott Lemieux, Lawyers, Guns, and Money: The Mainstream Media Is Guilty of Grotesque Malpractice


This is remarkable, and severely damning: [...]

This really should be the death of glib, sublimely confident arguments that changes in MESSAGING could have easily put Clinton over the top. Trump completely dominated press coverage. Some of this was negative, but especially on tv a lot of this was just stuff like unedited coverage of his rallies. Clinton was not, to put it mildly, given the same kind of opportunity to get her message out. Clinton didn't get significantly more coverage than Trump during the Democratic National Convention. There's no effective way of getting a message out in that kind of environment; the net effects of advertising just aren't that powerful. And there were two cases in which Trump didn't dominate coverage: EMAILS! and HILLARY CLINTON IS ON HER DEATHBED! If you want an explanation for why Trump, an unprecedentedly dishonest and corrupt candidate, was viewed by the public is being more honest than Hillary Clinton (who, if anything, is more honest than the typical politician), there you go. The idea that the media deserves a pass for putting an elephant on the scale because Hillary Clinton is a FLAWED CANDIDATE is beyond absurd.
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Also imagining the difference if the flood of I-can't-believe-it's-not-journalism stories which boiled down to “I don't really know why she's untrustworthy but a lot of people say she isn't” had instead been replaced with policy discussion, serious examination of Trump's history before October, etc. Media faux-objectivity should inspire a lot of self-reflection but I'm sure too many executives are focused on how many ads it sold.
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Is the fridge haunted?
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Fake News Weaponized

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Thankfully, no one was hurt. But you may have heard that a man from Salisbury, North Carolina, Edgar Maddison Welch, shot up a pizza joint in Washington, DC today in an effort to 'investigate' the "Pizza Gate" conspiracy theory.

What on earth is Pizza Gate, you may ask? It's a Reddit-based far right conspiracy theory alleging a child sex trafficking ring run by Hillary Clinton and John Podesta out of a DC pizza shop.

Here's a tweet tonight from the son of Michael Flynn, the incoming National Security Advisor.

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What is this I don't even? It's like they used a conspiracy theory Mad Lib...
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Oh, and click through to the actual article for the reason why the tweeter's father is relevant. Junior isn't just Flynn's son, he's his chief of staff.
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This is being done with full knowledge--I.e., deliberately. It's a page out of the Isis playbook. If you can get crazy people to cause fear, you create a feedback loop until everyone is crazy.
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swcope
4 days ago
Exactly.

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Of course, "Number of times I've gotten to make a decision twice to know for sure how it would have turned out" is still at 0.
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Mouseover: Of course, "Number of times I've gotten to make a decision twice to know for sure how it would have turned out" is still at 0.
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I wonder how accurate the tally count is vs being based on gut. Maybe this is the best tally count we'll get though.
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Certainly on a lot of minds right now.
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FYI for fans of CRPGs Neverwinter Nights Diamond is free on GOG right now

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FYI for fans of CRPGs Neverwinter Nights Diamond is free on GOG right now

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