COINTELPRO With Lewis Diuguid
Wikipiedia describes – COINTELPRO (an acronym for COunter INTELligence PROgram) was a series of covert, and at times illegal, projects conducted by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) aimed at surveying, infiltrating, discrediting, and disrupting domestic political organizations. National Security Agency operation Project MINARET targeted the personal communications of leading Americans, including Senators Frank Church and Howard Baker, civil rights leaders, including Dr. Martin Luther King, journalists and athletes who criticized the Vietnam War.
Lewis Diuguid author of Discovering The Real America: Toward A More Perfect Union and Kansas City Star Columnist talks with host Keith Brown Il about COINTELPRO in the sixties and today. Lewis has researched illegal spying on American citizens and their organizations by the FBI and now an alphabet soup of other agencies. Lewis also shares two books that helped inform him about the myths and lies we are taught and the excesses of power employed by the FBI.
The Einstien File: J Edgar Hoover’s Secret War Against America’s Most Famous Scientist by Fred Jerome.
Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen
Update on Cannabis – CO, WA and MO
January 1st saw the beginning of legalized recreational cannabis use and sales in both Colorado and Washington. The first day in Colorado saw $1 million in sales alone and the state took in over half of that amount in taxes. Despite the false reports on conservative websites and news channels there were no murders, rapes or looting connected with the indiscriminate use of cannabis.
Eapan Thampy returns to talk to host Jessica Thomas about the first days of legalized recreational cannabis sales in Colorado and Washington as well as the problems of leaving Colorado with your purchase. Eapan also talks about efforts to get legislation passed and /or a ballot initiative in Missouri.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
The UMKC Division of Diversity and Inclusion annual Martin Luther King JR, Keynote Lecture features author and columnist, Professor Melissa Harris-Perry. The lecture will be today Monday, January 27th at 6 pm, with a book signing from 4:30–5:30 pm. All activities will be in Swinney Recreation Center, 5030 Holmes St., KCMO. Free parking is available in the Cherry Street Parking Garage on levels five and six. To learn more, visit umkc.edu/diversity or call 816-235-6704.
Representative Brandon Ellington is holding a public meeting to discuss Criminal Justice legislation introduced into the 2014 Missouri Legislative Session. This meeting will take place on Saturday, February 1st, starting promptly at 10:30am at Brush Creek Community Center, 3801 Emmanuel Cleaver II Blvd, KCMO. The discussion will include six bills covering issues like parole and probation, eyewitness identification, expungement, child abuse and more.
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, DESE is working to transform unaccredited school districts in Missouri. They have collected a number of plans from education organizations as well as commissioned a study on how they can create the conditions for improvement in student achievement in unaccredited districts.
They are holding four public hearings for feedback on these plans to help create a statewide plan for intervention in unaccredited schools.
The public hearing in Kansas City will be on Wednesday January 29 from 6:30-8:00 p.m at Paseo Academy Auditorium, 4747 Paseo Avenue, KCMO.
DESE is also gathering feedback through a form on their website. You can give your feedback on these plans by going to www.dese.mo.gov