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FINE ART series 5. COINTELPRO 

COINTELPRO (Portmanteau derived from COunter INTELligence PROgram) 
(1956–1971) was a series of covert, and at times illegal, 
projects conducted by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) 
aimed at surveilling, infiltrating, discrediting, 
and disrupting domestic political organizations. 
FBI records show that COINTELPRO resources targeted groups 
and individuals that the FBI deemed subversive,[5] 
including the Communist Party USA, anti-Vietnam War organizers, 
activists of the civil rights movement or Black Power movement 
(e.g. Martin Luther King Jr., Nation of Islam, and the 
Black Panther Party), feminist organizations, 
the American Indian Movement (AIM), independence movements 
(such as Puerto Rican independence groups like the Young Lords), 
and a variety of organizations that were part of the broader New Left. 
The program also targeted white supremacist groups including 
the Ku Klux Klan and nationalist groups including Irish 
Republicans and Cuban exiles. The FBI also financed, armed, 
and controlled an extreme right-wing group of former members 
of the Minutemen anti-communist para-military organization, 
transforming it into a group called the Secret Army Organization 
that targeted groups, activists, and leaders involved in the 
Anti-War Movement, using both intimidation and violent acts

The Cointelpro collection visually examines the 
individuals and groups of people effected by this program. 
It also brings to attention the subcultures that came as a 
result of this policy. This project was developed to start 
the conversation about the government conspiracy that was policy. 

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