[Pnews] Omaha FBI office inspection reports are missing from COINTELPRO era - The Omaha Two were ultimately convicted
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Omaha FBI office inspection reports are missing from COINTELPRO era
May 15, 2016 - Michael Richardson
A spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation has admitted that
six annual inspection reports of the Omaha field office cannot be
located. “We were unable to locate records,” said David Hardy, Section
Chief of the Records Management Division.
Hardy sought to find annual internal inspection reports for the Omaha
FBI office during the years 1967-1973. Hardy said, “we conducted a
search of the locations or entities where records...would reasonably be
The missing FBI records span the tenures of Paul Young and Fletcher
Thompson as Special Agents in Charge. Both Young and Thompson proposed
counterintelligence actions against “Black Nationalists” in Omaha under
the illegal counterintelligence operation code-named COINTELPRO
Young targeted the Omaha Two
Poindexter and Wopashite Mondo Eyen we Langa
(former David Rice) of the National Committee to Combat Fascism.
Thompson targeted Charles Knox of the Black Revolutionary Party.
The missing inspection reports would have shed light on clandestine
dirty tricks. J. Edgar Hoover, the director of the FBI for nearly a
half-century, kept tight control of the Bureau and the COINTELPRO
<http://www.examiner.com/topic/cointelpro> program. To avoid documenting
the more serious crimes committed by FBI agents, Hoover established a
sophisticated “Do Not File” system for the most “sensitive” operations.
Counterintelligence measures that needed to be kept secret were
documented on temporary files captioned Do Not File. The Special Agent
in Charge would keep the documentation in an office safe instead of the
regular filing system. During the annual office reviews the contents of
the safe would be examined, verified, and destroyed with the inspectors
making summary statements in the inspection reports.
Mark Felt, the “Deep Throat” of Watergate infamy, was in charge of the
Inspection Division and functioned as a quality control officer. Felt
did not object when FBI agents broke the law with counterintelligence
actions. Instead, Felt's task was to make sure the misdeeds were being
done efficiently and effectively. A typical office review would consist
of an inspection team drawn from FBI headquarters and other field
offices and could take several weeks. Files would be studied, the safe
examined, and interviews conducted during the inspections. The
inspection reports were detailed and comprehensive.
The FBI has posted the annual inspection reports of the Domestic
Intelligence Division which are hundreds of pages long and catalog
counterintelligence actions all over the country. Two of the national
inspection reports mentioned Omaha. One discussed the name change from
the United Front to Combat Fascism to the National Committee to Combat
Fascism. The other inspection report told of FBI collaboration with
Omaha police against Charles Knox.
The Omaha Two <http://www.examiner.com/topic/omaha-two-1> targets were
ultimately convicted of the 1970 murder of an Omaha policeman after the
FBI Laboratory withheld a report on the identity of an anonymous 911
caller who lured the officer to a bombing. Both Poindexter and Mondo
denied any role in the crime. Poindexter remains imprisoned at the
maximum-security Nebraska State Penitentiary. Mondo died at the prison
in March. FBI files on the two men were both redacted and withheld. The
missing inspection reports may have exonerated the two Black Panther
leaders but now the extent of FBI manipulation of the case will likely
never be known.
After Paul Young obtained the conviction of the Omaha Two he was
promoted to the Kansas City FBI office. Fletcher Thompson followed Young
and sought Hoover's approval for a COINTELPRO action against Charles
Knox who had moved from Des Moines, Iowa to Omaha. FBI records do not
disclose if Hoover approved of the plot against Knox. The specifics of
the proposed counterintelligence action are redacted so it is unknown
what Thompson had in mind for Knox, who is now deceased.
The missing inspection reports of the Omaha FBI office, in light of
known clandestine activity by Omaha FBI agents, raise new questions
about the supposed guilt of Ed Poindexte
who continues to maintain his innocence.
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