Wiretapping: ugly precedent in Black community


Jeanie Straub writes "The New York Amsterdam News reports: 'Part of the reason for the establishment of [the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] was to combat illegal wiretap programs like the J. Edgar Hoover-created counter-intelligence program [or COINTELPRO] ... that kept Black activists and left-leaning organizations under surveillance during the late 1960s. COINTELPRO not only shadowed activists, it also actively worked to disrupt their lives -- and often led to the long-term imprisonment, exile and death of many of its subjects. In one instance, a COINTELPRO-orchestrated dispute led to the deaths of Chicago Black Panther Party leaders Fred Hampton and Mark Clark.' Read the full story at amsterdamnews.com"

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