[Ppnews] Omaha Two story: (Part 8) - United Front Against Fascism targeted
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When the Omaha Black Panthers became the United
Front Against Fascism the FBI director ordered
"imaginative" counter-intelligence actions taken
against the leadership, the Omaha Two:
J. Edgar Hoover orders Omaha FBI to be
imaginative against Black Panther leaders
Richardson, COINTELPRO Examiner
* March 20th, 2011 3:21 pm ET
Omaha Two story: Dec. 10, 1969
After the killing of Illinois Black Panther
Hampton and Mark Clark on December 4th in Chicago
in a pre-dawn raid,
Edgar Hoover grew impatient with less effective
measures to destroy the Black Panthers.
Before a week had passed since Hamptons death,
the director of the Federal Bureau of
Investigation sent a
memo to Paul Young, the Special Agent-in-Charge
of the Omaha FBI office complaining about a lack
of action against the Black Panthers.
COINTELPRO was a secret, illegal operation that
targeted political activists for
counter-intelligence measures ordered by
Hoover. The Black Panthers were Hoovers primary
target and considerable resources of the Bureau
were used in the clandestine operation.
On December 10, 1969, Hoover sent Young a
critical memorandum. Hoover wrote, You
Front Against Fascism (UFAF), the successor to
the Black Panther Party (BPP) in Omaha, is
composed of approximately eight to twelve
members, and their only activities have been to
sell The Black Panther, BPP newspaper, and publication of a UFAF newsletter.
Hoover continued: While the activities appear
to be limited in the Omaha area, it does not
follow that effective counterintelligence
measures cannot be taken. As long as there are
BPP activities, you should be giving
consideration that type of counterintelligence
measure which would best disrupt existing
activities. It would appear that some type of
counterintelligence aimed at the disruption and
publication of their literature would be in order.
The FBI director told the Omaha office to target
the leaders of the UFAF for counter-intelligence
we Langa, then David Rice, had stepped up to lead
the affiliate Black Panther chapter in the
Nebraska city and were now the focus of Hoovers attention.
Hoover wrote to the Special Agent-in-Charge: It
is also assumed that of eight to twelve members,
one or two must certainly be in a position of
leadership. You should give consideration to
counterintelligence measures directed against
these leaders in an effort to weaken or destroy
their positions. Bureau has noted you have not
submitted any concrete counterintelligence
proposals in recent months. Evaluate your
approach to this program and insure that it is
given the imaginative attention necessary to
produce effective results. Handle promptly and
submit your proposals to the Bureau for approval.
Paul Young got the message. Young replied to
Hoover within days by registered mail promising
to go after the UFAF newsletter and the leaders
of the Omaha chapter. Young wrote to Hoover, In
addition to this information, indications are
that the UFAF is planning to start a liberation
school at its headquarters in Omaha in the near future.
Young continued: In response to the referenced
Bureau letter, the identities of the UFAF
leadership are known to the Omaha office. Omaha
is presently giving consideration to some type of
counter-intelligence activity aimed at disruption
of the UFAF newsletter or its distribution and
counter-intelligence measures directed against
the leaders of this organization.
Young said: Close attention will be afforded
this matter in order to produce effective
results. Proposals for counter-intelligence
activity will be submitted to the Bureau by
appropriate communications in the very near future.
While Paul Young scrambled to hatch a plot
against the United Front Against Fascism in Omaha
to please J. Edgar Hoover, other FBI offices
around the country were in competition to curry
Hoovers favor with aggressive COINTELPRO
actions. In January 1970, the San Diego FBI
office would claim credit for instigating
shootings, beatings, and a high degree of
unrest within the Black Panthers. The San
Francisco FBI office was one of the busiest in
the country because the Panthers were
headquartered in the Bay area
counter-intelligence proposals were regularly
sent to FBI headquarters. Field offices that
were not producing results against the Black
Panthers stood out against those with active COINTELPRO campaigns.
Paul Young knew he had to deliver results to
Hoover or face the consequences for inaction.
Ed Poindexter and Mondo we Langa were faced with
more local problems of building a chapter without
many resources and under constant pressure from
the Omaha police, leery of another
of rioting in the Midwestern city that was rocked
with rioting three times within three years.
Hoover's directive to Young to be imaginative put
the local FBI office hard at work scheming
against the Omaha Two. A tragic event the
following summer would give Young the opportunity to act.
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