What was COINTELPRO? What made it controversial? Do government agencies continue to infiltrate activist organizations in the modern day? Tune in to learn more.
My Two Cents
Important history about covert and often illegal U.S. government infiltration, disruption, harassment and surveillance of activist groups by Hoover's FBI.
Much like an organization that has been infiltrated and compromised by a double agent, the trust between the American people and the U.S. intelligence community and government leaders (especially those who say one thing and then turn out to be really spectacular liars) is irreparably damaged. One might argue that the fact that this ever happened at all, anywhere, weakens public faith in government everywhere. For a long time, this program was considered to be a conspiracy theory and it took someone committing a crime to uncover the truth.