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Famous San Francisco Activist, Black Panther Was FBI Informant

Richard Masato Aoki

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Richard Masato Aoki, widely considered a hero among activists and liberal political groups in the San Francisco area, was an FBI informant who filed more than 500 reports about activists with the bureau.

The Mercury News reports that newly revealed FBI documents show for the first time the extent that Aoki was a government informant.

Aoki was trusted in the activist community, especially among Black Panthers. But FBI records show that Aoki provided “top level” information the Black Panthers and their leaders, Huey Newton and Bobby Seale.

What’s unclear is whether the FBI knew Aoki was providing guns to the Black Panthers.

” If the FBI knew Aoki was arming the Panthers, or was involved in that, it would raise questions about whether the bureau was attempting to foment violence that would discredit the Panthers or set them up for a police crackdown,” the Mercury News wrote.

Aoki committed suicide in his Berkeley home in 2009.

Did FBI Send Racist Coloring Books to White Families in 1960s?

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Several websites are reporting that the FBI mailed racist coloring books to white families in the 1960s in an effort to discredit the Black Panthers.

The drawings depict black people hitting and shooting police, who are depicted as pigs.

Websites such as infoWars.com and AshtarCommandCrew.net claim the coloring book was created by the FBI’s COINTELPRO, or Counter Intelligence Program.

COINTELPRO existed from 1956 to 1971 to discredit any organization considered subversive.

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Investigation: FBI Informant Armed, Trained Black Panther Party

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An undercover FBI informant was responsible for arming and training the Black Panther Party before violence broke out in the turbulent 1960s, the Center for Investigative Reporting has found.

Activists were alarmed to learn that Richard Masato Aoki, who was considered a fearless militant and street fighter, was an informant who covertly filed reports about the Black Panthers and others in the Bay Area.

Aoki’s background was uncovered as part of three decades of research for the book, “Subversives: The FBI’s War on Student Radicals, and Reagan’s Rise to Power.”

Aoki committed suicide in 2009.