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

Date: Tue Sep 04 2001 - 14:51:33 EDT

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    I would like to read the full text of the Brzezinski letter of 1978. I
    have never been able to figure out who was the worst scoundrel of the
    Cold War years, he, Kissinger, or Caspar Weinberger. J. Edgar Hoover
    established his reputation earlier, and the CIA heads were simply
    implementers of the policies these scum and their presidents
                                                            Bill Mandel

    radtimes wrote:
    > McKINNEY Takes "COINTELPRO" to UN Human Rights Commissioner
    > McKinney Raises US Governments "COINTELPRO" program with UN Human Rights
    > Commissioner
    > DURBIN, SOUTH AFRICA -- 09.02.01 | Today, in a meeting with United Nations High
    > Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson, Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney
    > presented
    > 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
    > counterintelligence
    > 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
    > Committee.
    > "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:

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