[Ppnews] Omaha Two story: Part 4 - Omaha FBI sets up COINTELPRO unit

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Part 4 of the Omaha Two story is about the formation of a COINTELPRO 
unit by the Omaha FBI and the targeting of Black Panthers by J. Edgar 
Hoover.  See link for article, slideshow, and video of Ed Poindexter 
talking about COINTELPRO.


Ed Poindexter COINTELPRO video 

Omaha FBI sets up COINTELPRO unit and J. Edgar Hoover targets Black Panthers

By <http://www.examiner.com/user-richardsonreports>Michael 
Richardson, COINTELPRO Examiner
March 13th, 2011 5:05 pm ET

Continue reading on Examiner.com: 
FBI sets up COINTELPRO unit and J. Edgar Hoover targets Black 
Panthers - National Cointelpro | Examiner.com 

Omaha Two story: April 3, 1968

Paul Young, the Special Agent-in-Charge of the Omaha office of the 
Federal Bureau of Investigation, sent a report to Director 
Edgar Hoover, on April 3, 1968.  Young's airtel was in response to 
Hoover's directive a month earlier to establish a 
counter-intelligence operation for clandestine activity.

Young wrote Hoover that an agent had been assigned to coordinate the 
operation against "Black Nationalist" activity.  Young said, "There 
is currently no organized Black Nationalist Movement within the Omaha 

Young also told Hoover that there was only one Black Nationalist on 
the "Agitator Index" list maintained by the Bureau office.  Further, 
"There are no organizations or individuals in the Omaha Division 
presently considered of potential danger as to be considered for 
Counterintelligence action."

However, Paul Young was well versed in the art of survival working 
under Hoover's watchful glare where any perceived slight would damage 
a career.  Young wrote:  "Omaha has no suggestions to offer at the 
present time regarding the over all Counterintelligence Program or 
administration of this program.  It is felt, however, that this 
program can be very beneficial to the Bureau in helping to prevent 
the coalition of militant Black Nationalist Groups and violence on 
their part."

The next day, April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King was assassinated in 
Memphis, Tennessee.

Rioting broke out in numerous cites and 50,000 National Guard troops 
nationwide were ordered into the streets to maintain order.  The 
Nebraska National Guard was ready for action.

The recently formed Black Panthers for Self-Defense, organized in 
California, experienced a surge in membership as chapters began 
around the country.  Hoover's COINTELPRO operation against the Black 
Nationalist movement now had real targets, the Black Panthers.

On September 8, 1968, Hoover told the New York Times that the Black 
Panthers were the "greatest threat to internal security of the country."

Ten days after identifying the Black Panthers as the most serious 
domestic threat to the nation Hoover testified to the Eisenhower 
Commission investigating racial unrest.  Hoover lashed out against 
"vicious, hate-filled black extremists."

On September 27, 1968, FBI official George Moore, head of the "Racial 
Intelligence" section sent a COINTELPRO memo to William Sullivan, 
head of Domestic Intelligence, proposing an accelerated 
counter-intelligence operation against the Black Panthers.  From that 
point on, both men would monitor COINTELPRO actions against the 
Panthers and personally review reports from FBI field offices, including Omaha.

Sullivan was a veteran of dirty tricks and had led the FBI 
surveillance and harassment of Martin Luther King.  Sullivan would 
later testify to the U.S. Senate that his COINTELPRO agents took a 
"no holds barred" approach to the war on the Panthers.

Moore would survive both Hoover and Sullivan and continued his 
nefarious ways at the FBI after the formal end of COINTELPRO in 
1971.  Moore was involved in withholding investigative information in 
Operation Newkill in New York in 1974.

One Omaha man unaware of the sudden rise of the Black Panthers and 
the secret FBI campaign against the group was 
Poindexter.  Ed was in the U.S. Army, stationed overseas in Germany 
and Vietnam.  A volunteer, Ed joined the service a half-decade 
earlier and was caught up in military life during the turmoil of the 1960's.

As Paul Young, Omaha's FBI Special Agent-in-Charge, crafted a plan to 
satisfy Hoover's COINTELPRO mandate, Poindexter was finishing up his 
tour of duty at Fort Benning in Georgia.  Revolution was not on 
Poindexter's mind, instead landing a job at the Post Office in 
Atlanta was Ed's immediate goal upon discharge.

Ed Poindexter's introduction to the Black Panthers that he would 
later lead in Omaha came innocently enough with a newspaper clipping 
about the group from his sister.  As Ed discharged from the Army he 
had no way of knowing his military service would later be used 
against him by prosecutors determined to convict him for a bombing 
murder of an Omaha policeman.

Ed Poindexter and another Omaha man, Mondo we Langa (formerly David 
Rice) are now serving life sentences for the 1970 murder of patrolman 
Minard, Sr. The Omaha Two, as the men are called today, were 
convicted following a controversial trial and have been imprisoned 
for the last four decades.

The jury that convicted the Omaha Two was unaware that J. Edgar 
Hoover had personally ordered the 
of evidence about the identify of Minard's killer and that the 
prosecution of the two men was carefully managed from FBI 
headquarters by George Moore and William Sullivan.

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Continue reading on Examiner.com: 
FBI sets up COINTELPRO unit and J. Edgar Hoover targets Black 
Panthers - National Cointelpro | Examiner.com 

Michael Richardson

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