FACEBOOK: THE NEW COINTELPRO: WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY NO SNITCHING?
By: Fahim A. Knight-El
Let me start this Blog off by letting my readers know that I have received hundreds of request to join Facebook from both strangers and friends, and when I respond back and inform people that I do not have a Facebook page; thus, many seem shocked and flabbergasted often making the erroneous assumption that I am not in tuned with the age of information—Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, YouTube and the other various social network mediums being used by the globe. Some have made the argument that my Blog writings are not receiving the mass appeal because of my failure to embrace Facebook—thus they perhaps have come in contact with my Blog Keeping it Real think tank site http://fahimknightsworld.blogspot.com/20... and many can appreciate my level of research and the type of information that I cover and convey on my Blog and they think others far beyond my traditional base need to have this knowledge. I must say I am always humbled by their passion for my work.
But at same time there are still others who cannot imagine that I am not on Facebook—they often tell me everyone is on Facebook—the social networking is part of accessing and delivering information in a real time paradigm. Most people are looking to put a face with the bloggers’ information, as well as view the background of the person with whom they may enjoy reading their philosophical theories and may even share paths (also there are others looking for a negative angle and possess more of a sinister agenda and you must be aware of the two energies). The first place people ordinarily look to find background information on people is to access search engines such as Google and of course Facebook in order to locate Internet generated information on the person.
There was one Blogger named Paul Collins who has authored a number of books such as “Prescience Rendezvous”, “King without an Empire, and “Mystery of Everyman's way”. I believe Paul is from Canada and he is a member of The Daily Grail website another good alternative forum in which I have posted my work http://www.dailygrail.com/blogs/fahim-kn.... When I joined The TDG forum over three years ago, Paul emailed me after reading a few of my Blogs and I do not think Paul necessarily agreed with many of my contentions, in particular my views on the Invisible Rulers and the covert role they play in orchestrating the affairs of humanity.
This is what Paul Collins stated to me on December 24, 2007, “If a person cries out against the problem, or problems, they ARE part of the problem. I am very distrustful of politicians, or business leaders, who appoint themselves as the voices of reason. Now, Fahim Knight, if you were an elitist, would you wish to change the status quo which would endanger your present money earning ways? Of course you would not. I believe the power is within ourselves not the elitist, or in the political establishment. We can choose. We have free will. If you wish to drive a gas guzzler, you have the free will to do so. If you wish to spend your nights drinking alcohol, you have the free will to do so. The power is not with the elitists, politicians, or the media... it is with ourselves. A lot of things are illusionary these days. If a person cries out against the problem, or problems, they ARE part of the problem.“
Paul had Google searched my name looking for a picture of me and some additional background information and stated that he had searched the entire Internet and there was no picture of me and very little background information on who I was. This for the most has been intentional.
Paul in another email stated: “Fahim: I understand your point of view. These Power Elite Groups, i.e., the Council on Foreign Relations, Trilateral Commission, and Bildabergers can not do whatever they want. There is a thing such as universal law. They turn against universal law, the forces of nature will turn against them and us alike. I agree that critical analysis is what helps us grow. I also agree that spiritual and internal development is lacking throughout world society. But it all does come within. At the end of this so called War on Terror, this planet will have a single world currency and uniform laws. This so called conflict is about globalism. You can't fight globalism. You can get a sign and protest all you want--globalism is here to stay. Even Canada can't remain separate from North America. It has to surrender it's identity, all in the name of globalism. I firmly expect to see Canada and the United States as one country some time in the future. That is an impossible unavoidable spectacle. This will allow the US to eventually adopt a free and universal health care system--something it lacks. Anyhow, I think this was a healthy debate. Do you surf the TDG much, or did you just come across it by happenstance? What part of the US are you based in. I looked you up in google and couldn't find much on you. Not even a picture. I never heard of you up until now.”
However, my twelve year old daughter approached me, a few weeks ago about establishing a Facebook page, thus, she stated most of her school peers had Facebook pages and this how they communicate with each other. She then asked my wife and I would we approve of her going on Facebook. I hesitated before answering my daughter because I wanted to set some limitations and guidelines and establish some parameters prior to moving forward in this conversation, if at all we were going to allow her to have a Facebook account. Yet, I fully understand that her generation and future generations to come will be functioning side by side with technology and technological way of life will effect and perhaps impact every facet of her and their lives, as well as our lives as adults. The social networking trend or fad has captivated the imagination over half billion people and has taking the importance of the Internet medium to the next level in the lives of a very large percentage of the globe. This is truly a digital era we live in and an exciting time to be alive.
My daughter wasn’t born during the turbulent 1960s or 1970s and even now she was to young to have had heard of Cointelpro (in fact most Americans have never heard of Cointelpro), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) counter intelligence program established by J. Edgar Hoover in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, which was primarily aimed at black leaders and organizations. It was one of the most lethal government counter intelligence strategies and tactics of all times, which was aimed at controlling domestic rebellion and so-called subversive activity that eventually led to the assassination and imprisonment of many black activist in 1960s and 1970s who were engaged in the liberation struggle.
These brothers and sisters paid a price and many still linger in state and federal prisons across the United States and have been political prisoners for years such as Mumia Abu-Jamal (former Black Panther and Move Organization activist who has been on death row since the early 1980s for allegedly killing a Philadelphia police officer). Sundiata Shakur who was an allege Black Liberation Army (BLA) activist and Black Panther and codefendant of Assata Shakur who was alleged to have assisted in the murder of a New Jersey State Trooper in the early 1970s. Assata Shakur was falsely charged and convicted where she was sentenced to federal prison in Morgantown, West Virginia and after serving a few years she escaped and fled to Cuba where she was granted political asylum, as a U.S. political prisoner (Shakur is still considered a U.S. fugitive). The New York Panther 21 who in 1969 was charged with conspiracy to blow up the New York Botanical Gardens, department stores, etc., but were later acquitted of all charges, thus, they were targets of Cointelpro.
Cointelpro primary objective was for the disruption and ultimately dismantling the black power movement and the Civil Rights movement and their leaders. Minister Malcolm X's defection from the Nation of Islam in 1964 and the rift between him and the Honorable Elijah Muhammad was instigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation—they worked day and night to separate Minister Malcolm X from his teacher Elijah Muhammad (J. Edgar Hoover was fearful that a so-called "Black Messiah" would rise who could electrify and unify the masses). Hoover also targeted the Black Panther Party and Huey P. Newton (he was a continued victim of the U.S. Government dirty tricks) and eventually the government was behind the assassination of Mark Clark and Fred Hampton, two prominent Black Panther leaders in Chicago. The Freedom of Information Act only revealed some of the government reactionary tactics on the Panther’s leadership. Elaine Brown was exiled to France, Eldridge Cleaver exiled to Algeria before he lost his mind. Geronimo Ji-Jaga Pratt was sentenced to a long term prison sentence, which after serving 27 years was overturn (he eventually won a 4.5 million dollar civil lawsuit against the city of Los Angles and the U.S. Justice Department for false imprisonment and wrongful incarceration). But there were other nameless and faceless revolutionary freedom fighters who also were victims of Cointelpro.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation kept extensive dossiers on militant and radical black leadership what we in the movement called FBI files. The U.S. Government had hundreds of agents assigned to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and monitored his every movement, secretly photographing him, wiretapped his phones, infiltrated his organization Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and sent agent provocateurs to disrupt the continuity of the organization. King was under constant government surveillance.
My daughter is a lot more computer savvy than I am and even interacting in the Bloggers world I often find myself consulting my twelve year old daughter for her valuable expertise. I just read prior to writing this blog as I stated above, which is Facebook has over a half of billion people connected to this social network site and this year it even beat out Google by having more people accessing its site than any other Internet social networking medium or search engine sites.
Nevertheless, this is what bothers me about Facebook, just a few years ago as I traveled to various large metropolitan cities such as Chicago, New York, Los Angles, Charlotte, Newark, Detroit, Atlanta, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, etc., where I would see black youth and Hispanic youth wearing T-Shirts, which read "No Snitching". This writer must admit, I admired the symbolic rebellious message, it was a code of ethics that I am very familiar with based on my own personal up bringing living in the inner city. Thus, reading the "No Snitch" message imprinted across their chest spoke volumes to perhaps their conscious and/or subconscious awareness of the social contradictions that exist between the power apparatus—the poor and privileged (the police, probation and parole officer, U.S. Marshal's Service, DEA, judges, prosecutors, INS) and themselves.
A few months ago, the founder of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg appeared on television with Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker where he gave the city of Newark 100 million dollars, a hefty gift to a crime ridding city where murder and gang violence are the order of the day. They take the "No Snitch" code of ethics serious in this city; thus, Newark's criminal justice system and judicial systems for many years now have had difficulties getting prosecution witnesses to testify for the state, because the gangs (bloods and Crips) and drug cartels have order hits on witnesses in which many have come up dead prior to trial. We have witness high profile criminal cases get tossed because the State of New Jersey lacked sufficient evidence and witness testimony to get a conviction. The United States Justice Department was called in to monitor these high incidents of witness intimidation and murder (the witness protection program was poor and ineffective, which has led to the deaths of tens witnesses who were slated to testify in high profile criminal cases in Newark).
So this writer wondered why would Facebook founder Zuckerberg give Newark 100 million dollars? Newark has one of the worst school systems in the nation with a high dropout rate coupled by all types of social issues plaguing this inner city. I believe the state of New Jersey took over the Newark School system from under municipal city control a few years ago and 100 million dollar gift from Zuckerberg in my opinion was good faith money to instill confidence in New Jersey lawmakers and the private sector to invest in Newark and give the Council on Foreign Relations Mayor Booker a new political leash on life. Newark has over 40,000 students and an annual school budget of over $940 million dollars; moreover, in reality 100 million dollars do not put a dent into offsetting Newark’s educational expenditures. There is no doubt Mayor Booker was handpicked by a certain sector in New Jersey and he is a slave to their interest more so than to his black and Hispanic constituency. Perhaps he will use this money to create a miniature police city and impose more surveillance on the people. What’s in this deal for Facebook mogul Zuckerberg surely this act of philanthropy can not be taking on face value and perhaps there are short and long term interest connected to this deal far beyond the public relations photo opt? Why didn’t Zuckerberg build a Facebook hub in Newark where he could employee people and assist this impoverished city with their staggering high unemployment rate? This in the long run would have been a more feasible alternative to assisting New Jersey’s largest city.
The people need jobs and this would lead to a reduction in crime and at the same time raise the standard of living. May be Zuckerberg 100 million dollar investment was just another big step towards urban gentrification in Newark. Yet, as this writer scanned the many Facebook pages of friends and strangers, I was alarmed at how much people revealed about themselves relative to their personal and private lives on this public forum. People discuss their marriages, finance, legal matters, children, domestic break-ups, sexual orientation, family background, social events, employment, careers, religious orientation, politics, etc., and most of all people share their photos with friends and strangers (some post pictures of family members in which their entire family have images on the site) are we revealing to much and I am of the belief that some things just aren’t no one’s damn business.
They even communicate on Facebook about matters which in the not so distance past would have been relegated to a private telephone call. Big Brother even 30 to 40 years ago only eavesdropped and wiretapped its citizen’s telephone calls, if you were considered a dissident voice and/or was involved in a criminal enterprise. This could have led to you being a person of interest to the United States Government (this much even in 2011 has not changed). Perhaps Facebook is a big experiment, unlike any other social experiment because people are willingly and voluntarily providing Big Brother with the most intricate details of their lives. I heard syndicated talk show host Tom Joyner on the Tom Joyner Morning Show on January 5, 2011 stated that the FBI said Facebook as a so-called non-criminal justice agency had the most extensive data base in the country (this will prove to be a dangerous reality for the American people in the near future) and the FBI was subpoenaing Facebook in some particular case just recently.
Since the 911 hoax, which was a set-up and an inside job, it would be used as an infringement on the civil liberties of the American people and voluntarily caused them to surrender certain rights and freedoms while we were being duped into believing that our national security was being threatened by an external enemy. But the real intent and objective were to implement new laws and interpret existing laws to put the United States Government in a position to be all intrusive and very few would question the repressive motives of the United States Patriot Act (the U.S. Patriot Act literally took surveillance to a new level that was unprecedented in U.S. history). It removed all the legal barriers that use to exist between the state and the individual and most of all it left the U.S. Constitution naked (post 911 the constitution has become an irrelevant document) in which this silent revolution did not require one shot nor any bloodshed other than the 3,000 causalities associated with the bombing of the World Trade Center in New York. But its political, economic and social ramifications will prove to have far more implications on American history than any prior revolutions recorded in world history. The people (meaning our democracy) were overthrown as of the result of 9/11 coup d'état and it led to one of the greatest volunteer surrendering of our civil liberties. We handed the United States Government licenses to be omnipresent and all-encompassing in our lives.
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has a history of using dirty tricks in which over seventy-five percent of the so-called national and international acts of terrorism are mere creations of the CIA. They went from Afghanistan to Iraq and now are using propaganda to focus the ignorant American masses attention on Imam Anwar Al-Awlaki who self-exiled to Yemen (a Yemen-American citizen who was educated in America and is probably a CIA operative he is now considered public enemy number one). The sad phenomenon is that most Americans can not locate Yemen on the map, but they have already been thoroughly convinced that Anwar Al-Awlaki is the so-called new enemy of America and the west. They used the same strategy to convince the world that Saddam Hussein of Iraq was a mad man and never told the American people that Hussein was a CIA agent and hired gun of the U.S. Government for seven years (1979-1986) an international agent provocateur.
I do not think the old way of U.S. Government spying and surveillance has become obsolete, but with the invention of Facebook, it has provided law enforcement with a wealth of information on the identity of people, the various alias they use, photos of family and friends, what city and state they live in, etc., and not to mention the incriminating chat that takes place on Facebook. Facebook is the new FBI dossier and it doesn’t require the manpower or the man hours, nor will it be met with the same public resistance of Cointelpro of the past. They have done a superb job of luring people to sleep with the whole concept of social networking and have relaxed the Sheeple so much that they are enjoying and having fun in their own demise. This doesn’t require coercion or interrogation (that was once associated with KGB, Mossad, CIA, etc.) and a covert government plot to accumulate or access intimate files on American citizens in particular and citizens throughout the world in general (not to suggest that the old mode of acquiring intelligence has outlived its usefulness). The people have become so dumb down that they are voluntarily providing law enforcement with massive data under the guise of social networking.
Perhaps twenty or thirty years from now Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will reveal that he and his Facebook enterprise was a United States Justice Department and Homeland Security covert operation established to gather national and international information on world society (now looking at this phenomenon from another perspective may be Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran, Raul Castro of Cuba, Kim Jong-il of North Korea, etc., have banned the devil with good cause and keeping their societies away from this master espionage plan called Facebook), which was being stored in a data base sitting readily to be access if need be by American Gestapo forces and their operatives.
When it is all said and done, it must be viewed that we voluntarily surrendered what little freedoms we still had left and just what if Facebook was an espionage operation. Some may view this article as one who is overly paranoid and even draw the conclusion that I have overreacted based on the analysis that I have presented relative to my opinion of Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg the Harvard dropout has to be a genius he has become a billionaire who organized a system whereby people globally can share information and no doubt Facebook is to be reckon with in the market place. President Barack Obama would not have become president if was not for him and his campaign utilizing the social network mediums and capitalizing off of an untapped voting bloc, which was young voters and it was this sector that helped carry him in the 2008 presidential election. Yet I still do not trust Facebook.
Fahim A. Knight-El Chief Researcher for KEEPING IT REAL THINK TANK located in Durham, NC; our mission is to inform African Americans and all people of goodwill, of the pending dangers that lie ahead; as well as decode the symbolism and reinterpreted the hidden meanings behind those who operate as invisible forces, but covertly rules the world. We are of the belief that an enlightened world will be better prepared to throw off the shackles of ignorance and not be willing participants for the slaughter. Our MOTTO is speaking truth to power. Fahim A. Knight-EL can be reached at fahimknight@ yahoo.com.
Stay Awake Until We Meet Again,
Fahim A. Knight-El