2018-05-23 15:51:16

The New COINTELPRO? Meet the Black Activist Jailed for Months After FBI Targeting & Surveillance

In Texas, a black activist says he is the first person to be targeted and prosecuted under a secretive U.S. surveillance effort to track so-called black identity extremists. On December 12, activist Rakem Balogun awoke to armed FBI agents storming his Dallas apartment. He was then jailed for nearly six months without the possibility of bail as the FBI investigated him for “domestic terrorism,” in part because of his Facebook posts criticizing police brutality. He was released earlier this month, after U.S. attorneys failed to prosecute him. DN! speaks with Rakem Balogun, who was released earlier this month after being jailed for nearly six months. They also speak with Malkia Cyril, co-founder and executive director of the Center for Media Justice and a Black Lives Matter Bay Area activist.

Activist Black Lives Matter COINTELPRO FBI Malkia Cyril Rakem Balogun Surveillance

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