[Ppnews] Omaha Two Story: (Part 16) - J. Edgar Hoover initials COINTELPRO order
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Wed Mar 30 12:29:33 EDT 2011
J. Edgar Hoover signed off on secret COINTELPRO plan to guide Omaha police
Richardson, COINTELPRO Examiner
* March 30th, 2011 11:14 am ET
Omaha Two story: Aug. 22, 1970
Minard, Sr. was buried on Thursday following one
of the largest funerals in the citys
history. The father of five was buried on his 30th birthday, July 20, 1970.
Minard, an Omaha police officer, had been killed
by an ambush bomber, lured to the deadly trap by
an anonymous 911 call about a woman screaming at a vacant house.
On August 21, 1970,
Young, Omaha Special Agent-in-Charge called FBI
Headquarters snd requested a FBI Laboratory
Supervisor travel to Omaha for the purpose of
furnishing technical guidance. to local police.
There was a break in the case the next day when a
warrant for murder was issued on August 22, 1970,
against 15 year-old Duane Peak, the alleged bomber.
Chairman of the National Committee to Combat
Poindexter was also arrested. The headquarters
of the Black Panther affiliate chapter were raided that same day.
The evening of August 22nd the home of
we Langa, then David Rice, was raided and
dynamite was purportedly found in the
basement. Mondo was in Kansas City speaking at a
rally for Black Panther Pete ONeal who was facing federal gun charges.
In Washington D.C. a Federal Bureau of
Investigation agent named W.W. Bradley followed
up on a
memo written three days earlier about the killer of Patrolman Minard.
Edgar Hoovers illegal, clandestine
counter-intelligence operation directed against
political activists Hoover disapproved of. The
Black Panthers bore the brunt of the sometimes lethal dirty tricks.
Bradley had earlier passed on Omaha Special
Agent-in-Charge Paul Youngs recommendation,
approved by Hoover, to not issue a laboratory
report on the analysis of a recording of Minards killers voice.
Ivan Willard Conrad, FBI Laboratory director,
called Hoover when he got Bradleys August 19th
memo on the case. Conrad noted Hoovers approval
to withhold a report on the memo, initialing and dating the notation.
Bradley wanted to make sure the correct people
were charged with the murder and recommended
approving Youngs request to send Headquarters
staff to Nebraska to steer the investigation.
In a heavily redacted COINTELPRO memorandum, not
released until years later, Bradley wrote to
Conrad: In referenced memorandum [8/17/70] the
Director approved a request to assist the Omaha
Police Department in captioned case through the use of [REDACTED}.
More redactions follow then the memo
continues: The SAC [Special Agent-in-Charge]
noted that he had been instructed by the Bureau
to suggest steps of possible assistance to the
Omaha Police in solving the bombings. He advised
technical guidance of the type requested would
provide maximum immediate assistance particularly since the [REDACTED].
The COINTELPRO plan to help Omaha police solve
the crime by sending out headquarters
staff followed the withholding of a laboratory
report on the identity of Larry Minards killer
showing the true purpose of assistance was not aiding a search for truth.
The confidential memo was sent to the same
distribution list as Bradleys earlier
memorandum. The plan was reviewed by Hoover
personally and the memo bears his OK and distinctive H initial.
One by one, the COINTELPRO conspirators would add
their names to the paper trail of deceit led by
the Master of Deceit himself, J. Edgar Hoover..
Also signing the memo sealing the plot to direct
the course of the case was George Moore. Although
not on the copy list, George Moore was the head
of the Racial Intelligence division and daily
helped manage the COINTELPRO operation.
Both Bradley and Conrad initialed the
document. When Hoover gave his blessing to a
counter-intelligence proposal with his own pen
his subordinates acted quickly putting their signatures or initials in place.
Back in Omaha the round-up of suspects continues
through the weekend. On Sunday there is a rally
at Kountze Park to raise bail money for those in
custody. A group of 200 listen to activist Ernie Chambers.
Monday morning at 3:42 a.m. the math-science
building at the University of Wisconsin in
Madison was bombed killing a graduate
student. Recent bombings shattered the Midwest
heartland in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and
Nebraska putting law enforcement officers on edge.
Meanwhile, Hoover got around to reviewing the
COINTELPRO action being planned against Ed
Poindexter proposed before the bomb murder. On
August 15, 1970, Paul Young wrote to Hoover
proposing to exploit an article in the Omaha
World-Herald about the local Black Panther
chapter. Young wanted to get Poindexter in
trouble with the national headquarters for his
purported cooperation with Whiteys newspaper, the Omaha World-Herald.
Hoover gave approval to the bogus letter plan but
advised: It is suggested you include several
misspellings to make the letter appear more
.Take the usual security precautions to
insure this letter and mailing cannot be traced to the Bureau.
Hoover concluded his authorization, This should
be an excellent disruption technique.
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