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May 11 - Black activist jailed for his FB posts speaks out about secret FBI surveillance
 

 
Hakem Balogun thought he was dreaming when armed agents in tactical gear stormed his apartment. Startled awake by a large crash and officers screaming commands, he soon realized his nightmare was real, and he and his 15-year-old son were forced outside of their Dallas home, wearing only underwear.

Handcuffed and shaking in the cold wind, Balogun thought a misunderstanding must have led the FBI to his door on 12 December 2017. The father of three said he was shocked to later learn that agents investigating “domestic terrorism” had been monitoring him for years and were arresting him that day in part because of his Facebook posts criticizing police. image


“It’s tyranny at its finest,” said Balogun, 34. “I have not been doing anything illegal for them to have surveillance on me. I have not hurt anyone or threatened anyone.”

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Balogun spoke to the Guardian this week in his first interview since he was released from prison after five months locked up and denied bail while US attorneys tried and failed to prosecute him image, accusing him of being a threat to law enforcement and an illegal gun owner.

Balogun, who lost his home and more while incarcerated, is believed to be the first person targeted and prosecuted under a secretive US surveillance effort to track so-called “black identity extremists”. In a leaked August 2017 report from the FBI’s Domestic Terrorism Analysis Unit, officials claimed that there had been a “resurgence in ideologically motivated, violent criminal activity” stemming from African Americans’ “perceptions of police brutality”.

The counter-terrorism a*sessment provided minimal data or evidence of threats against police, but discussed a few isolated incidents, notably the case of Micah Johnson who k*lled five officers in Texas. The report sparked backlash from civil rights groups and some Democrats, who feared the government would use the broad designation to prosecute activists and groups like Black Lives Matter.

Balogun, who was working full-time for an IT company when he was arrested, has long been an activist, co-founding Guerrilla Mainframe and the Huey P Newton Gun Club, two groups f*ghting police brutality and advocating for the rights of black gun owners. Some of the work included coordinating meals for the homeless, youth picnics and self-defense classes – but that’s not what interested the FBI.



Investigators began monitoring Balogun, whose legal name is Christopher Daniels, after he participated in an Austin, Texas, rally in March 2015 protesting against law enforcement, special agent Aaron Keighley testified in court.

The FBI, Keighley said, learned of the protest from a video on Infowars, a far-right site run by the commentator Alex Jones, known for spreading false news and conspiracy theories.


The reference to Infowars stunned Balogun: “They’re using a conspiracy theorist video as a reason to justify their tyranny? That is a big insult.”

Keighley made no mention of Balogun’s specific actions at the rally, but noted the marchers’ anti-police statements, such as “oink oink bang bang” and “the only good pig is a pig that’s dead”. image The agent also mentioned Balogun’s Facebook posts calling a murder suspect in a police officer’s death a “hero” and expressing “solidarity” with the man who k*lled officers in Texas when he posted: “They deserve what they got.”

Keighley, however, later admitted the FBI had no evidence of Balogun making any specific threats about harming police.

At the time of his Facebook posts, Balogun said he was angry and “venting” about the high-profile cases of police k*lling innocent black men and women in America, including Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. He was particularly disgusted with the way the media and law enforcement officials portrayed the k*llings as justified and said that when he wrote those posts “I just mimicked their reactions to our k*llings.”

In a letter Balogun wrote to the Guardian from jail, he said he felt he had been “abducted” by the FBI, a “prisoner of war on free speech and the right to bear arms”. Authorities were targeting him for promoting black-led community groups and f*ghting “government abuse”, he wrote, adding he was never a threat to anyone: “Violence is the method of our oppressor, our method is hard work, love and unity.”

When he was arrested, police confiscated his .38-caliber handgun and an unloaded AK-style a*sault rifle – and also, he said, took his book Negroes with Guns by the civil rights leader Robert F Williams.

“They were really desperate,” Balogun said. “This is pretty much like Stalin 1950 – ‘You show me the man. I show you the crime.’”

The prosecution’s case eventually unraveled – but in the process, so did Balogun’s life.

‘Punished for political activity’


The government’s own crime data has largely undermined the notion of a growing threat from a “black identity extremist” [BIE] movement, a term invented by law enforcement. In addition to an overall decline in police deaths, most individuals who shoot and k*ll officers are white men, and white supremacists have been responsible for nearly 75% of deadly extremist attacks since 2001.

The BIE surveillance and failed prosecution of Balogun, first reported by Foreign Policy, have drawn comparisons to the government’s discredited efforts to monitor and disrupt activists during the civil rights movement, particularly the FBI counterintelligence program called Cointelpro, which targeted Martin Luther King Jr, the NAACP and the Black Panther party.


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21 comments for "May 11 - Black activist jailed for his FB posts speaks out about secret FBI surveillance"

 10 months ago '11        #2
Sin 1927 heat pts1927
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I’m glad he got off and i hope he can sue for losing his house

 10 months ago '12        #3
OldBusiness 176 heat pts176
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The deep state! How we gone get our maga on!

 10 months ago '04        #4
ATLDOPEBOI30 76 heat pts76
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They sure know who doors to knock down claiming we been watching you then turn around and let a mass shooter say what he want online and carry out the actions then claim they was watching after the fact bit did nothing

 10 months ago '04        #5
Kliq 313 heat pts313 OP
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 Sin said
I’m glad he got off and i hope he can sue for losing his house
best believe he never really "got off", sure he might be "free" but they're def still watching his a*s and will do whatever they can in their power to make sure his life is as hard as possible


and there's always a possibility he might off himself

 10 months ago '11        #6
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 Kliq said
best believe he never really "got off", sure he might be "free" but they're def still watching his a*s and will do whatever they can in their power to make sure his life is as hard as possible


and there's always a possibility he might off himself
Prosecutors hate to be wrong

 10 months ago '17        #7
Naga Sadow 31 heat pts31
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Arrested for being black while being black.


 10 months ago '11        #8
Tony Franks 6 heat pts
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 Kliq said
best believe he never really "got off", sure he might be "free" but they're def still watching his a*s and will do whatever they can in their power to make sure his life is as hard as possible


and there's always a possibility he might off himself
suicide is often a side effect of being watched by the feds.

 10 months ago '16        #9
KWizzle 1 heat pts
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cointelpro 2.0

 10 months ago '17        #10
lucifershammer 17 heat pts17
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sometimes i think "they" are trying to spark a response from black people to justify their bs.

u know "they" do a good job of misleading

 10 months ago '17        #11
FukBoiFras 21 heat pts21
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 OldBusiness said
The deep state! How we gone get our maga on!
You can Thank Bushy and Obama for this sh*t.

 10 months ago '16        #12
foshoVoodoo 248 heat pts248
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Never forget they started out as a hate group

 10 months ago '18        #13
Deeznutz1981 1 heat pts
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FBI investigates someone for FB postings its "Tyranny"

FBI spies on a Trump for Obama and it's totally legit

Liberal logic

you snowflakes can't have it both ways!

 10 months ago '17        #14
Lazy 4 heat pts
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 Deeznutz1981 said
FBI investigates someone for FB postings its "Tyranny"

FBI spies on a Trump for Obama and it's totally legit

Liberal logic

you snowflakes can't have it both ways!
Who said either was legit?

 10 months ago '14        #15
black cobra 864 heat pts864
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Meanwhile white supremacy groups are out k*lling black ppl

 10 months ago '15        #16
DEJOE E 140 heat pts140
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 foshoVoodoo said
Never forget they started out as a hate group

 10 months ago '16        #17
foshoVoodoo 248 heat pts248
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 Deeznutz1981 said
FBI investigates someone for FB postings its "Tyranny"

FBI spies on a Trump for Obama and it's totally legit

Liberal logic

you snowflakes can't have it both ways!
Tell us why you mad son

 10 months ago '10        #18
Bandito 173 heat pts173
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 Naga Sadow said
Arrested for being black while being black.

No. He was arrested because he has a domestic violence charge and it is illegal for him to possess firearms. This is the second time this story has been posted and that has been left out.

 10 months ago '07        #19
Ham Rove 3539 heat pts3539
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fu*king info wars got the feds scooping people up?

these are the dumbest of times.

meanwhile at the FDA

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Info Wars and FOX News viewers run the country, we're fu*ked

 10 months ago '18        #20
Deeznutz1981 1 heat pts
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 Ham Rove said
fu*king info wars got the feds scooping people up?

these are the dumbest of times.

meanwhile at the FDA


Info Wars and FOX News viewers run the country, we're fu*ked
Still trying to have CNN removed from all airports though! That's coming soon! Let the MAGA continue

 10 months ago '06        #21
Kingme 23 heat pts23
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 Bandito said
No. He was arrested because he has a domestic violence charge and it is illegal for him to possess firearms. This is the second time this story has been posted and that has been left out.
He has domestic violence misdemeanor, the cops tried to hit him with a firearms violation but the judge threw it out because it did not apply, that could be why it was left out, it was BS

Top 10 most slapped recently  10 months ago '05        #22
dasill 12 heat pts12
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I have been saying this for years


And this is towards any group that is pro anything.

It can be guns
It can be your a rights advicate it can be anything.


If your vision does not fit into the box that they have made , then they can make anyone seem like a domestic terrorist. And when obma signed the ndaa it really made it so anyone anywhere can be held for anytime without a courtdate or any rights we as american people are entitled to.




Watch how and what you say.

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