FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail

The FBI’s Monkeywrench Alert

by KURT NIMMO

Lockheed Martin, beware. There are property-destroying anarchists out there who may want to throw a monkey wrench in the works. These anarchists are determined to stop you from manufacturing the high-tech grist Bush and his neo-con world conquerors need to invade Iraq.

According to an advisory issued by the FBI’s Awareness of National Security Issues and Response (ANSIR) program, these devious anarchists are against the up-and-coming war with Iraq and are advocating “explicit and direct attack upon the war machine” during the week of December 15-21. The curious announcement encouraging attacks was posted on the internet by a mysterious group supposedly going by the name “Every Day a Circle Day” and calling for “attacks on the headquarter facilities and other assets of oil companies and defense contractors, singling out Boeing and Lockheed Martin” as well as the “assets” of the Department of Defense.

The FBI’s ANSIR program, formerly known as DECA (Development of Espionage, Counterintelligence and Counterterrorism Awareness) began in 1995 as a fax service and moved to email a year later. It has the capacity to service 100,000 subscribers, mostly corporations, “corporate security professionals,” law enforcement, and other government agencies. ANSIR releases unclassified information on the “techniques of espionage” to corporations worried about their proprietary information falling victim to the corporate snooping of rivals or foreign agents. Now, in addition, ANSIR warns the titans of industry about the threat posed by pernicious antiwar activists.

According to the FBI’s ANSIR website, the agency “has a unique capability to respond when [terrorist] activities are identified in the United States… The FBI does more than simply identify problems; it does something about them.” Of course, considering the less than vigilant response to ample warnings the agency received in regard to al-Qaeda and 911, this may be nothing more than a PR boast. Nonetheless, if history serves, the FBI may use the suspected threat of Every Day a Circle — either real, imagined, or (certainly not out of the realm of possibility) covertly created by the FBI — as a pretext to go after a real, growing, and sincere threat to “national security” (as defined by Bush and his neo-con coterie of chicken hawks): the non-violent antiwar movement.

The FBI has a long and sordid history of not only monitoring and snooping on civil rights, labor, and antiwar movements — from the Palmer Raids, to COINTELPRO, and beyond — but of also infiltrating these organizations and inserting agents provocateurs to discredit them. As the Church Commission in the 1970s discovered, under COINTELPRO the FBI had used bogus mail, evidence fabrication, sent fictional material designed to “create dissention and cause disruption,” leaked information obtained by informants to the media, and adversely affected the credit and employment status of activists. But it wasn’t strictly wild-eyed anarchists and Weathermen the FBI targeted, but also mainstream political groups. For example, from 1946-60 the FBI conducted 3,000 wiretaps and 800 bugs on the NAACP. Other threats to order and national security were posed by the ACLU, American Library Association, American Jewish Congress, Common Cause, National Education Association, the New York Review of Books, and Rolling Stone

But the most vicious COINTELRPO attacks were reserved for the Black Panthers, tactics that ultimately led to the murder of Panther leader Fred Hampton and Mark Clark in Chicago. In Los Angeles, FBI agents provocateurs were partly responsible for the murder of BPP leader John Huggins and Alprentice Carter. J. Edgar Hoover characterized the Panthers as “the greatest threat to the internal security of the country” and allowed his agents to treat them accordingly.

Will John Ashcroft and Tom Ridge soon be saying the same about those of us who refuse to cooperate and who actively resist Bush’s up-and-coming war on Iraq — and the wars of extension surely to follow against Iran, Syria, Libya, and possibly North Korea? Bush’s multiplication of war and unprecedented bellicosity in the name of empire will surely require a neo-COINTELPRO (no longer illegal, as its predecessor, but enshrined in law) in order to subvert and render ineffectual a growing antiwar movement. Is it only a matter of time before the newly christened Ministry of Homeland Security reactivates the dirty tricks of J. Edgar Hoover and his brainchild COINTELPRO — working to get activists fired from their jobs (ask Michael Parenti), collecting salacious personal information (as Hoover’s boys attempted to do with a bug planted in Martin Luther King’s hotel room), framing dissidents for serious crimes (ask BPP leader Geronimo Pratt who spent 25 years in prison, only to be released when it was discovered the FBI concocted the evidence against him), or initiating violence between political groups (as the FBI tried to do with the BPP and the followers of the African-American nationalist Ron Karenga)?

It can be argued COINTELPRO never really went away, but only experienced a short hiatus when Gerald Ford’s Attorney General Edward Levi issued guidelines of conduct for the FBI in 1976. In 1983, Ronald Reagan’s Attorney General, William French Smith, revamped the guidelines: “In its efforts to anticipate or prevent crimes, the FBI must at times initiate investigations in advance of criminal conduct.” In other words, the agency under Reagan became a de facto Department of Precrime, investigating and harassing such criminal threats as the American Indian Movement and the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador. Bush Senior and Clinton rolled back civil liberty protections even more in the guise of “anti-terrorism” (as a precursor of things to come, Clinton proposed a “partnership effort” between the Justice Department, the FBI, and other federal and state law enforcement agencies). Bush Junior stirred the methodically prepared totalitarian stew with USA-Patriot and added extrajudicial ingredients: mass arrests, interrogation of immigrants (and US citizens), disappearances, detaining suspects without charge or access to lawyers, military tribunals, possible use of torture to obtain information, wiretapping of attorney-client conversations, widespread ethnic and religious profiling of Muslims, Arabs and Asian people, warrantless searches, pervasive electronic snooping of email and internet travel, and even assassination of US citizens by presidential directive.

Is it beyond the Bushites, many of whom are Iran-Contra alumni and hardly strangers to dirty tricks and covert operations, to have the CIA (now firmly established in FBI offices nationwide) create a bogus anarchist group designed to engage in “explicit and direct attack upon the war machine,” and thus discredit the larger, mostly non-violent antiwar movement? Is it coincidental that Every Day a Circle Day plans its violent disruption at the same time United For Peace will hold an interfaith-organized vigil and candle light procession, forums, fasts, workshops, panels, and exhibits across the country?

Now that ANSIR has announced violence in response to violence, antiwar activists are receiving phone calls from the corporate media asking questions about the anarchists (reporters are generally not interested in boring and peaceful protesters marching around with candles, but violence, well, that plays great on the idiot tube and also delivers the appropriate message — the bomb-throwing, window-smashing, capitalist-hating baddies are back). As the journalist Bill Berkowitz has reported, none of the antiwar activists he’s talked with have ever heard of Every Day a Circle Day.

Was Every Day a Circle Day created by the FBI/CIA, or is it a genuine threat? If the latter, it couldn’t have arrived on the scene at a more inauspicious time for the antiwar movement — and a more advantageous time for the Bush warmongers.

KURT NIMMO is a photographer and multimedia developer in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Visit his excellent online gallery. He can be reached at: nimmo@zianet.com

We highly recommend regular visits to Nimmo’s website, Another Day in the Empire

 

KURT NIMMO is a photographer and multimedia developer in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Visit his excellent no holds barred blog at www.kurtnimmo.com/ . Nimmo is a contributor to Cockburn and St. Clair’s, The Politics of Anti-Semitism. A collection of his essays for CounterPunch, Another Day in the Empire, is now available from Dandelion Books. He can be reached at: nimmo@zianet.com

More articles by:
May 30, 2016
Ron Jacobs
The State of the Left: Many Movements, Too Many Goals?
James Abourezk
The Intricacies of Language
Porfirio Quintano
Hillary, Honduras, and the Murder of My Friend Berta
Patrick Cockburn
Airstrikes on ISIS are Reducing Their Cities to Ruins
Uri Avnery
The Center Doesn’t Hold
Raouf Halaby
The Sailors of the USS Liberty: They, Too, Deserve to Be Honored
Rodrigue Tremblay
Barack Obama’s Legacy: What Happened?
Matt Peppe
Just the Facts: The Speech Obama Should Have Given at Hiroshima
Deborah James
Trade Pacts and Deregulation: Latest Leaks Reveal Core Problem with TISA
Michael Donnelly
Still Wavy After All These Years: Flower Geezer Turns 80
Ralph Nader
The Funny Business of Farm Credit
Paul Craig Roberts
Memorial Day and the Glorification of Past Wars
Colin Todhunter
From Albrecht to Monsanto: A System Not Run for the Public Good Can Never Serve the Public Good
Rivera Sun
White Rose Begins Leaflet Campaigns June 1942
Tom H. Hastings
Field Report from the Dick Cheney Hunting Instruction Manual
Weekend Edition
May 27, 2016
Friday - Sunday
John Pilger
Silencing America as It Prepares for War
Rob Urie
By the Numbers: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are Fringe Candidates
Paul Street
Feel the Hate
Daniel Raventós - Julie Wark
Basic Income Gathers Steam Across Europe
Andrew Levine
Hillary’s Gun Gambit
Jeffrey St. Clair
Hand Jobs: Heidegger, Hitler and Trump
S. Brian Willson
Remembering All the Deaths From All of Our Wars
Dave Lindorff
With Clinton’s Nixonian Email Scandal Deepening, Sanders Must Demand Answers
Pete Dolack
Millions for the Boss, Cuts for You!
Peter Lee
To Hell and Back: Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Gunnar Westberg
Close Calls: We Were Much Closer to Nuclear Annihilation Than We Ever Knew
Karl Grossman
Long Island as a Nuclear Park
Binoy Kampmark
Sweden’s Assange Problem: The District Court Ruling
Robert Fisk
Why the US Dropped Its Demand That Assad Must Go
Martha Rosenberg – Ronnie Cummins
Bayer and Monsanto: a Marriage Made in Hell
Brian Cloughley
Pivoting to War
Stavros Mavroudeas
Blatant Hypocrisy: the Latest Late-Night Bailout of Greece
Arun Gupta
A War of All Against All
Dan Kovalik
NPR, Yemen & the Downplaying of U.S. War Crimes
Randy Blazak
Thugs, Bullies, and Donald J. Trump: The Perils of Wounded Masculinity
Murray Dobbin
Are We Witnessing the Beginning of the End of Globalization?
Daniel Falcone
Urban Injustice: How Ghettos Happen, an Interview with David Hilfiker
Gloria Jimenez
In Honduras, USAID Was in Bed with Berta Cáceres’ Accused Killers
Kent Paterson
The Old Braceros Fight On
Lawrence Reichard
The Seemingly Endless Indignities of Air Travel: Report from the Losing Side of Class Warfare
Peter Berllios
Bernie and Utopia
Stan Cox – Paul Cox
Indonesia’s Unnatural Mud Disaster Turns Ten
Linda Pentz Gunter
Obama in Hiroshima: Time to Say “Sorry” and “Ban the Bomb”
George Souvlis
How the West Came to Rule: an Interview with Alexander Anievas
Julian Vigo
The Government and Your i-Phone: the Latest Threat to Privacy
FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail