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THE
ichigan Daily
Edited and managed by Students at the
University of Michigan
Tuesday June 4, 1974
News Phone: 764-0552

THE FBI1WAR PLAN:
Democracy subverted:

On terrorism, FBI style
HERE ARE CONSTITUTIONAL checks on the FBI.
Congress has sufficient legal bite to keep the Bureau
working within the bounds of law and ethics. There is a
House subcommittee charged with watching the FBI and
other surveillance groups, and the subcommittee can
bring misdeeds on the part of the FBI to the attention of
Congress. Congress has the power to cut off the FBI's
funds.
The president has the power to appoint a new Bureau
director. A president could appoint an honest Ralph Na-
der type to the directorship to clean the FBI up.
The Supreme Court, while it doesn't have the power
to enforce laws, can declare the FBI an outlaw organiza-
tion by holding its activities to be illegal.
Despite these checks the last decade has seen the
FBI direct its energies toward achieving such goals as
these; to prevent "the rise of a 'Messiah' who could unify
and electrify the militant black nationalist movement,"
and to prevent black nationalist groups "and their lead-
ers from gaining respectability, by discrediting them ...
to the responsible Negro community . . . to "liberals" who
have vestiges of sympathy for militant Black national-
ists . . . (to) Negro radicals, the followers of the move-
ment."
THE FBI WAS WORKING with the Chicago area Cook
County Sheriff's Deoartment when the Department
raided Black Panther Fred Hampton's apartment early
one December morning in 1969. Hampton, apparently
drugged with barbiturates, was shot to death in the
raid. The official version of the raid reported that the
Panthers repeatedly refosed offers of a cease fire before
officers began shooting. An investigation, however, show-
ed that the Panthers had fired only one shot.
America doesn't seem to be a place where minority
political opinions can be safely demonstrated. The Pan-
thers, organizers of food, clothing and health care pro-
grams, have been provoked, violently assaulted and pro-
vided with an image of viciousness by the FBI.
The case of the Panthers 'seems to be a less well
publicized instance of what happened to the Democrats
when Watergate was going full steam. The Democrats
were widely recognized during the 1968 presidential elec-
tion as a legitimate alternative to the "powers that
were". And the Democrats were tripped up by the "pow-
ers that were".
Unlike the case of the Panthers, however, Watergate
is to some degree being accounted for.

August 25, 1967
PERSONAL ATTENTION TO
ALL OFFICES
COUNTER INTELLIGENCE
PROGRAM
BLACK NATIONALIST-
HATE GROUPS
INTERNAL SECURITY
Offices receiving copies of
this letter are instructed 'to im-
mediately establish a control
file, captioned above, and to as-
sign responsibility for following
and coordinating this new coun-
terintelligence program to an
experienced and imaginative
Special Agent,..
"The purpose of this
new counterintelli-
gence endeavor is to
expose, disrupt, mis-
direct, discredit, or
otherwise neutralize
t h e activities o f
b I a c k-nationalist,
hate - type groups,
t h e i r leadership,
spokesmen, m e m-
bership, and suppor-
ters."
The purpose of this new coun-
terintelligence endeavor is to ex-
pose, disrupt, misdirect, dis-
credit, or otherwise neutralize
the activities of Black Nation-
alist, hate-type groups, their
leadership, spokesmen, mem-
bership, and supporters. The ac-
tivities of all such groups of
intelligence interest to this
Bttresu must be followed on a
continuous basis so we will be
in a position to take prompt ad-
vantage of all opportunities to
inspire action in instances
where circumstances warrant.
THE PERNICIOUS back-
ground of such groups, their du-
plicity, and devious maneuvers
most be exposed to public scrut-
iny where such publicity will
have a neutralizing effect. Ef-
forts of the various groups to
consolidate their forces or to
recruit new or youthful adher-
ents must be frustrated. No op-
portunity should be missed to
exploit through counterintelli-
gence techniques the organiza-
tional and personal conflicts of
the leaderships of the groi>ns
and where possible an effort
should be made to capitalize
upon existing conflicts between
competing Black nationalist or-
ganizations.
When an opportunity is appar-
ent to disrupt or neutralize
Black nationalist organizations
through the cooperation of es-

tablished local news media con-
tacts, in every instance careful
attention must be given to the
proposal to insure the targeted
group is disrupted, ridiculed,
or discredited through the pub-
licity and not merely publiciz-
ed. Consideration should be giv-
en to techniques to preclude vi-
olence prone of rabble - rouser
leaders of hate groups from
spreading their philosophy pub-
licity or through mass communi-
cation media.
Many individuals currently ac-
tive in Black nationalist organ-
izations have backgrounds of
immorality, subversive activ-
ity, and criminal records.
Through your investigation of
key agitators, you should en-
deavort-to establish their unsa-
vory backgrounds. Be alert to
determine evidence of misappro-
priation of funds or other types
of personal misconduct on the
part of militant nationalist lead-
ers so any practical or warrant-
ed counterintelligence may be
instituted.
YOU ARE cautioned that the
nature of this new endeavor is
such that under no circum-
stances should the existence of
the program be made known
outside the Bureaumand appro-
priate within - office security
should be afforded to operations
considered under the program.
March 3, 1968
PERSONAL ATTENTION
From: Director, FBI
COUNTERINTELLIGENCE
PROGRAM
BLACK NATIONALIST-
HATE GROUPS
RACIAL INTELLIGENCE
Title is changed to substitute
"Prevent the Coaliti
Nationalist groups.
strength; a truism t
for all its triteness. A
of black nationalist
first step toward a
America, the-beginn
revolution."
Racial Intelligence for Intelli-
gence Security for Bureau rout-
ing purposes.
(Section covered over.)
Goals of the Program:
.1. Prevent the Coalition- of
militant B1 a c k nationalist
groups. In unity there is
strength; a truism that is no
less valid for all its triteness.
An effective coalition of black
nationalist groups might be the
first step toward a real "Mau
Mau" in America, the beginning
of a true Black revolution.

2. Prevent the Rise of a
"Messiah" who could unify, and
electrify, the militant black na-
tionalist movement. (Censored)
might have been such a "Mes-
siah"; he is the martyr of the
movement today. (Censored) is
less of a threat because of his
age. (Censored) could be a real
contender for this position
should he abandon his supposed
"obedience" to "white liberal
doctrines" (nonviolence) and
embrace Black nationalism.
(Censored) has the necessary
charisma to be a real threat in
this way.
3. Prevent violence on the
part of black nationalist groups.
4. Prevent such groups and
their leaders from gaining res-
pectability, by discrediting them
to three separate segments of
the community. You must dis-
credit them to first, the respon-
sible Negro community. Second,
they must be discredited to "lib-
erals" who have vestiges of
sympathy for militant Black na-
tionalists simply because they
are Negroes. Third, these
groups must be discredited in
the eyes of Negro radicals, the
followers of the movement. This
last area requires entirely dif-
ferent tactics from the first
two. Publicity about violent ten-
dencies and radical statements
merely enhances Black nation-
alists to the last group. It adds
"respectability" in a different
way.
5. A final goal should be to
prevent long-range Growth of
these groups, especially among
youth. Specific tactics to pre-
vent these groups from convert-
ing young people must be de-
veloped.
on of militant Black
In unity there is
hat is no less valid
n effective coalition
groups might be the
real 'Mau Mau' in
ing of a true Black
May 11, 1970
SAC, San Francisco
Director, FBI
COUNTERINTELLIGENCE
AND SPECIAL OPERATIONS
(RESEARCH SECTION)
The Bureau would like to of-
fer for your consideration a
proposal for a disruptive - disin-
formation operation targeted
against the national office of
the Black Panther Party (BPP).
This proposal' is not intended to
be all inclusive or binding in
any of its various phases, but
(Continued on Page 5)

CONSTITUTIONAL CHECKS on
tutional checks on the executi'
pose. Where minority opinion is si
subverted.

the FBI, like Consti-
ve branch, have a pur-
quelched, democracy is
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