FINE ART series 5. COINTELPRO
COINTELPRO (Portmanteau derived from COunter INTELligence PROgram)
(1956â€“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,
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.