The idea that a tyrannical government is secretly plotting against US citizens is a popular and longstanding belief among much of the American far right. The scenario has many variations, but the basics are that politicians, threatened by a potentially rebellious populace, are watching and listening in on them, working to undermine them and readying for the day they will wrench away their freedoms.
But this scenario isn’t merely a paranoid fantasy dreamed up in the deepest corners of the alt-right – it’s relatively recent history. Instead of gun-toting “sovereign citizens” and Confederate-flag-waving patriot groups serving as the targets, however, the US government largely targeted segments of the Left for widespread surveillance, disruption, “neutralization,” and eventually destruction.
This was the COINTELPRO program, whose first operations were launched by the FBI sixty years ago this month.
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High profile victims of COINTELPRO included Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and John Lennon.
The US government and deep state do everything possible to neutralize people who want real change. This is why they killed King and Lennon and are trying mightily to derail Trump.
It's also why they love Obama ad-Dajjal and Hillary.
By the way, the "gun-toting 'sovereign citizens' and Confederate-flag-waving patriot groups" were targeted by PATCON, another FBI operation. High profile victims included David Koresh and the people killed in the OKC bombing.