[sixties-l] McKINNEY Takes "COINTELPRO" to UN Human Rights Commissioner

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    McKINNEY Takes "COINTELPRO" to UN Human Rights Commissioner


    McKinney Raises US Governments "COINTELPRO" program with UN Human Rights

    DURBIN, SOUTH AFRICA -- 09.02.01 | Today, in a meeting with United Nations High
    Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson, Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney
    Robinson with two documents as evidence of the US governments violations of
    both US and
    international law and, in particular, specific violation of the
    International Convention on the
    Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The first document given to Robinson
    was confidential
    memorandum 46, written by National Security Advisor, Zbigniew Brzezinski on
    March 17, 1978
    and it details the federal government's plan to destroy functioning black
    leadership in the United
    States. This document provides a critical insight into the federal
    government's concern at the
    apparent growing influence of the African American political movement. The
    second document is
    a report entitled "Human Rights in the United States [The Unfinished Story-
    Current Political
    Prisoners- Victims of COINTELPRO]" and it was compiled by the Human Rights
    Research Fund,
    headed by Kathleen Cleaver. This document provides an overview of the
    program which, from the 1950s to the 1980s, was run in the United States
    against political activists
    and targeted organizations. The excesses of the counterintelligence program
    were first exposed in
    1975 by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, known as the Church
    "From as early as the 1950's and right up until the 1980's the US
    government directed the
    machinery of state against the African American political movement and, in
    so doing, effectively
    put an end to the civil rights movement inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King.
    COINTELPRO was in
    clear violation of the US Constitution and a wide range of US laws, as well
    as, in clear breach of
    internationally accepted standards for human rights and fundamental
    freedoms. That our government
    would turn its full resources against its own law abiding citizens is
    unforgivable and ranks us among those rogue nations of the world who have
    chosen to kill hope and sow misery in its place," stated McKinney.

    Also see: http://www.house.gov/mckinney/news/index.htm

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