Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? - Juvenal
Who (if anyone) is investigating the possibility that there is a link between the FBI and the New Black Panthers group - both of which were supposedly on the ground together in Ferguson, Missouri?
In the late 1960s, partially under the auspices of the now-infamous Cointelpro Operation, the (original) Black Panthers organization was the target of both "
As recently as 2007, Orlando, Florida's flagship newspaper, the Orlando Sentinel, reported that "a neo-Nazi march through the streets ...that triggered a major police mobilization" in that community had, in fact, been "organized by ...[a] paid FBI informant" named David Gletty.
A 2012 New York Times opinion piece rehearsed the litany of ostensible terror-"dramas" that were actually "facilitated by the F.B.I., whose undercover agents and informers posed as terrorists".
No wonder why U.S. Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) once remarked that "The FBI has shown, beyond a shadow of doubt, that it cannot police itself."
Locally, peaceful daytime protests in Ferguson have been hijacked at night by violent elements. An article posted at KMOV's website states: "A spokesman for the Missouri State Highway Patrol says outsiders are to blame for the violent protests that have wrecked the community of Ferguson."
Given the FBI's sketchy history, and given that the present violence is being incited by mysterious "outsiders," why should the public have any confidence that the violence is not (at least in part) the work of federal agents provocateurs?
Matthew J. Bell,
Rhonda Y. Williams, "Black Women and Urban Politicis," Peniel E. Joseph, ed., Black Power Movement: Rethinking the Civil Rights-Black Power Era, London & New York: Routledge, 2006, p. 89.
Henry Pierson Curtis, "Neo-Nazi Rally Was Organized By FBI Informant," Orlando Sentinel,
Feb. 15, 2007, <http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2007-02-15/news/MHATE15_1_fbi-white-supremacists-national-socialist-movement>.
David K. Shipler, "Terrorist Plots, Hatched by the FBI," New York Times, Apr. 28, 2012, <http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/29/opinion/sunday/terrorist-plots-helped-along-by-the-fbi.html>.
Sen. Grassley Quoted by Gary Field, "No Early Release of Crime Lab Report," USA Today, Mar. 18, 1997, p. 3A.
"Highway Patrol: Outsiders are destroying Ferguson," KMOV, Aug. 17, 2014, <http://www.kmov.com/news/local/Highway-Patrol-Outsiders-are-destroying-Ferguson--271621461.html>.
Todd Gitlin, "The Wonderful American World of Informers and Agents Provocateurs," Huffington Post, Jun. 27, 2013, <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/todd-gitlin/agents-provocateurs_b_3509981.html>.
See the article "FBI Warns New Black Panther Leader in Ferguson Inciting Violence," Fox News, Aug. 13, 2014, <http://fox2now.com/2014/08/13/fbi-warns-new-black-panther-leader-in-ferguson-inciting-violence/>.\