From the looks on their faces, I could tell that this was not a possibility they had considered, even though one of them acknowledged that he knew what the term means. I consider this to be a shocking failure of our outlets of culture and media to inform adults who have the right to vote, who live in what is supposedly the "most powerful country on earth," and who therefore should be much better informed. Consider this post to be my attempt to rectify this deficiency.
I want to begin by introducing a potentially unfamiliar term to you. According to Wikipedia, COINTELPRO "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." The COINTELPRO operation was conceived under FBI director J. Edgar Hoover. Note the words, "discrediting" and "disrupting." If you read the Wikipedia article, you can see the United States from the 1950's to the 1970's as a nation whose favored members enjoyed the greatest privilege the world had ever seen - yet that privilege was built on the backs of those peoples of the world who had been violently oppressed in order to build that privilege. So the favored members of American society lived in a great deal of insecurity and felt horribly threatened by the presence of any voices challenging their privilege and the oppression on which that privilege had been built. They were frightened by those voices which were asking for a more equitable life for all. COINTELPRO was designed by the FBI and others as a way to discredit and neutralize the voices of those who protested the oppressive order set up by the United States and other First World nations. Read how COINTELPRO especially targeted the leaders of the Black Civil Rights Movement in the 1960's. One of the tactics of COINTELPRO was the use of agents provocateurs, paid police agents used to attempt to incite protest organizations to engage in illegal activity so that law enforcement would have a justification for arrests.
One thing to note: there is at least one case on record of undercover police being implicated in staging violence by protesters against police during a political rally. I am sure there are many more cases that can may be discovered by an enterprising researcher. I leave that as an exercise for the reader. (You might start here, here, here, here, or here. Goodness gracious, I think I've done a lot of the work for you!)
Now a funny thing happened in the 1970's. In 1971, the Citizens' Commission to Investigate the FBI managed to break into an FBI office, and stole several files which contained records of the COINTELPRO operation. (See this also.) They then dutifully leaked these records to the press. Many press outlets refused to publish the leaked documents, but they eventually were widely circulated, and the FBI was forced to ostensibly "end" COINTELPRO. But like many things that are evil (including sewage leaks), the basic mechanisms of COINTELPRO never really ended. They just went underground. (See what was done in the 1980's to environmental protest groups, for instance.) Indeed, the Wikipedia article cited at the beginning of this post shows that from 1980 onward (and especially during the presidency of George W. Bush), there has been a sharp revival of COINTELPRO-like operations.
As far as the Dallas sniper incident, note the following details:
- Not only were police shot, but protesters as well. (How very similar to what happened in Maidan in the Ukraine just before the Western backed coup that plunged that country into civil war.)
- Initial reports stated that several snipers were involved, and a number of Black men were arrested. However, the official police story against these men fell apart, and the official narrative was changed to implicate only one man, who, of course, "died in a gun battle with police" after managing to fire on police from several positions in a superhuman feat of mobility.
- Police responders and media were conveniently on scene to provide an instant high-drama "response" to the incident.
- The man who has been implicated as the lone sniper is conveniently very dead right now, and therefore cannot stand trial.
- The dead man was implicated in less than 24 hours after the incident, in contrast to the many unreported mass shootings (defined as shootings in which four or more people are hit), in which police don't find a perpetrator for days or weeks.
- The dead man's race and supposed political ideology were used to attempt to implicate and scapegoat entire group of people in order to justify the ongoing oppression and violence practiced by a dominant majority against this group.
I agree with her.