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The Resource Spying on America : the FBI's domestic counterintelligence program, James Kirkpatrick Davis

Spying on America : the FBI's domestic counterintelligence program, James Kirkpatrick Davis

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Spying on America : the FBI's domestic counterintelligence program
Title
Spying on America
Title remainder
the FBI's domestic counterintelligence program
Statement of responsibility
James Kirkpatrick Davis
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Language
eng
Summary
"COINTELPRO"--An acronym for "Counterintelligence Program"--is the code name the FBI gave to the secret operations aimed at five major social and political protest groups: the Communist party, the Socialist Workers party, the Ku Klux Klan, black nationalist hate groups, and the New Left movement. Spying on America, the first book to chronicle all five of the operations, tells the story of how the FBI, from 1956 until COINTELPRO's exposure in 1971, expanded its domestic surveillance programs and increasingly employed questionable, even unlawful, methods in an effort to disrupt what amounted to virtually our entire social and political protest process. Violations of citizens' constitutional rights were rampant, and the secret operations actually resulted in a number of deaths. At the time, neither the public nor the news media knew anything about COINTELPRO. In vivid detail, Spying on America demonstrates that the system of checks and balances designed to prevent such occurrences was simply not functioning--until an illegal act uncovered the secret activities. The book opens with the daring raid on a Media, Pennsylvania, FBI office by a group that adeptly used its booty--about 1,000 classified documents--to make COINTELPRO operations public. The burglars, who called themselves the Citizen's Commission to Investigate the FBI and with whom the FBI never caught up, used sophisticated techniques releasing copies of incriminating documents to the media at carefully timed intervals. Spying on America draws on newspaper and magazine articles, interviews with many of the people involved, and FBI memos to trace the historical beginnings and operating methods of COINTELPRO against each of the five targeted groups. In vivid detail, the author re-creates the reactions of the bureau--including the subsequent policy changes--as well as the response of the news media and the resulting shift in public attitudes toward the FBI. Finally, Davis looks at the possibility of similar operations in the future. In the context of our current, heightened state of socio-political awareness, it is difficult to comprehend how so many unlawful deeds could have been committed without the public's knowledge. Spying on America makes us conscious of how easily such activities can occur--and in doing so, helps us prevent them from happening again
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Davis, James Kirkpatrick
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • United States
  • Political crimes and offenses
  • Political persecution
  • Political crimes and offenses
Label
Spying on America : the FBI's domestic counterintelligence program, James Kirkpatrick Davis
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [185]-187) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. The Media Office Raid: Secret FBI Counterintelligence Becomes Public -- 2. The Communist Party U.S.A. COINTELPRO -- 3. The Socialist Workers Party COINTELPRO -- 4. The White Hate Group COINTELPRO -- 5. The Black Nationalist Hate Group COINTELPRO -- 6. The New Left COINTELPRO -- 7. The End of COINTELPRO?
Control code
24009976
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 192 pages
Isbn
9780275934071
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
91023131
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)1449228
Label
Spying on America : the FBI's domestic counterintelligence program, James Kirkpatrick Davis
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [185]-187) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. The Media Office Raid: Secret FBI Counterintelligence Becomes Public -- 2. The Communist Party U.S.A. COINTELPRO -- 3. The Socialist Workers Party COINTELPRO -- 4. The White Hate Group COINTELPRO -- 5. The Black Nationalist Hate Group COINTELPRO -- 6. The New Left COINTELPRO -- 7. The End of COINTELPRO?
Control code
24009976
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 192 pages
Isbn
9780275934071
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
91023131
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)1449228

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