[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 
found.”

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 
<http://www.buzzfeed.com/e6carter/the-omaha-two?utm_term=.lr5yG8QPJG#.ffOlM2oPOM>. 
Young targeted the Omaha Two 
<http://crimemagazine.com/j-edgar-hoover-and-framing-omaha-two>, Edward 
Poindexter and Wopashite Mondo Eyen we Langa 
<http://sfbayview.com/2016/03/wopashitwe-mondo-eyen-we-langa-a-caged-bird-free-at-last/> 
(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 
<http://www.examiner.com/article/prison-interview-with-ed-poindexter-on-cointelpro-and-the-omaha-police>r, 
who continues to maintain his innocence.

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