The fact that you hadn’t heard of COINTELPRO—and that there isn’t
a word about it in the current “Deep Throat” coverage—tells
us quite a lot about the dominant moral and political culture.
COINTELPRO was a program of the national political police, carried out through
four administrations, with a very wide range of targets… ranging in methods
up to direct political assassination. It was formally terminated after it was
exposed in the courts in the early 70s.
Someone in [Mark aka “Deep Throat"] Felt’s position surely
knew about it. I have no idea what he was involved in, and don’t see that
it matters much. Responsibility went right up to the White House, through four
COINTELPRO was vastly more significant than Watergate, which was a tea party
in comparison. The difference is that Watergate was annoying to powerful people,
who struck back, while COINTELPRO targeted people who were weak, vulnerable,
dissident, and in other ways remote from centers of power. Therefore anything
done to them passes without concern