It's no lie to say that history – particularly its dark side – repeats itself. Just last week, we were enlightened to the ugly fact that the Department of Homeland Security has been actively monitoring individuals who are affiliated with the Black Lives Matter movement. Using their social media accounts, the DHS has tracked the location and movement of activists, while producing maps of “conflict zones.” Despite how stunning this revelation may appear, it should come as no surprise. From 1956 to 1971 the FBI engaged in a number of infamous surveillance and political disruption activities under the label COINTELPRO, including the wiretap of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It didn't end there, in 1972, following the massacre of Israeli athletes in Munich, the Nixon Administration launched Operation Boulder, tapping Arab Americans’ telephones and gathering information about their political ideas. This is America, and we can do better.