Kurt Nimmo
August 22, 2012

Over the past few years, Infowars.com has provided ample evidence that the FBI is intimately involved in creating radical and violent political groups that are used as propaganda by the government to push for further implementation of a police state.

We have consistently underscored the fact that a post-COINTELPRO effort is operating in the United States and is being used to demonize legitimate and constitutionally protected opposition to the government. From supposed white supremacist Hal Turner operating for years as a prized national security asset and provocateur to a long line of Muslim patsies manipulated in ludicrous terror stings subsequently exploited to hype the government’s increasingly repressive war on terror, we have documented without a doubt that COINTELPRO is alive and well, despite the FBI claiming it put the illegal program to rest back in the 1970s.

Now we learn that the very apex of 1960s radicalism in the United States – the Black Panthers – was compromised by the FBI.

“The man who gave the Black Panther Party some of its first firearms and weapons training – which preceded fatal shootouts with Oakland police in the turbulent 1960s – was an undercover FBI informer, according to a former bureau agent and an FBI report,” writes researcher and author Seth Rosenfeld.

That man was Richard Masato Aoki, a Japanese American with a reputation as an extreme militant who bragged about his street fighting ability against Bay Area cops. “But unbeknownst to his fellow activists, Aoki had served as an FBI intelligence informant, covertly filing reports on a wide range of Bay Area political groups, according to the bureau agent who recruited him,” Rosenfeld writes.

Aoki’s story serves as a warning – the most radical political activists, those calling for violence and the wholesale destruction of property, should face intense scrutiny by default. The government naturally has a vested interest in fomenting violence that can be cynically exploited as a vehicle to characterize all political action outside of the mainstream as terrorism.

COINTELPRO was far too successful for the government to discontinue it. It led to the destruction of the black nationalist movement, factionalized the civil rights movement, and destroyed a large and thriving antiwar movement during the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Informants of Richard Aoki’s ilk are still active today. The FBI has more informants, operatives and agents provocateurs working undercover now than at any time during its long and sordid history.

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