Federal Bureau of Investigation – Authorization of COINTELPRO for Black Liberation Movement
SAC, Albany August 25, 1967
PERSONAL ATTENTION TO ALL OFFICES
BLACK NATIONALIST - HATE GROUPS
...The purpose of this new counterintelligence endeavor is to expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredit, or otherwise neutralize the activities of black nationalist hate-type organizations and groupings, their leadership, spokesmen, membership, and supporters, and to counter their propensity for violence and civil disorder. The activities of all such groups of intelligence interest to the Bureau must be followed on a continuous basis so we will be in a position to promptly take advantage of all opportunities for counterintelligence and inspire action in instances where circumstances warrant. The pernicious background of such groups, their duplicity, and devious maneuvers must be exposed to public scrutiny where such publicity will have a neautralizing effect. Efforts of the various groups to consolidate their forces or to recruit new or youthful adherents must be frustrated. No opportunity should be missed to exploit through counterintelligence techniques the organizational and personal conflicts of the leaderships of the groups and where possible an effort should be made the capitalize upon existing conflicts between competing black nationalist organizations. When an opportunity is apparent to disrupt or neutralize black nationalist, hate-type organizations through the cooperation of established local news media contacts or through such contact with sources available to the Seat of Government, in every instance careful attention must be given to the proposal to insure the targetted group is disrupted, ridiculed, or discredited through the publicity and not merely publicized...
You are also cautioned that the nature of this new endeavor is such
that under no circumstances should the existence of the program be made known outside of the Bureau and appropriate within-office security should be afforded to sensitive operations and techniques considered under the program.
No counterintelligence action under this program may be initiated by the field without specific prior Bureau authorization.
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