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COINTELPRO: The FBI's Secret War on Political Freedom

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The FBI's spying and disruption against socialists and activists in the Black and antiwar movements. ...more
Paperback, 221 pages
Published January 1st 1988 by Pathfinder (first published 1975)
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Nov 03, 2016 marked it as to-read
Now that America's secret police have come out in favor of Donald Trump, I can't help thinking it's time to stop and consider what a Trump presidency would look like. Trump takes pride in getting even with anyone he believes has slighted him. He's said openly that he's going to change the law so he can stop the press writing things he doesn't like. He tells us he's going to make the women who revealed that he's sexually assaulted them regret they'd ever said it.

Of course, it's possible that that
Randall Wallace
Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
americans need to read about cointelpro to understand the danger what the government can do to it's people and why the people must remain vigilant. there are a few books of this subject - this is the first one i've finished. next i'll read the ward churchill one. anyway this great. i guess i didn't give it a five because it's an old book and it looks that way.

noam writes a great intro

this book talks FBI involvement in the gestapo-like political assassination of fred hampton.
this confirms noam's
Feb 17, 2010 rated it liked it
This documents various dirty (and illegal) tricks that the FBI pulled with political activists who were doing nothing that was against the law in the 60's and 70's. This was the first thing that came out that caused the American public to lose respect for the FBI. The faults with this book are there is a huge left wing bias, not that I condone anything the FBI was doing but the people that wrote this book act like its all a big "right wing" FBI against the left. They talk about Fred Hampton but ...more
B Sarv
Dec 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Now, with much more sophisticated methods, in this current climate, they will be working to consolidate their strangle hold on freedom of thought, freedom of speech and freedom of expression. I would be interested in reading about their misdeeds in relation to the Black liberation struggle. Who'd have thought the secret police existed to constrict freedom? Learning. ...more
Casey Wagner
This short book was published in 1975 soon after the first wave of FBI documents was forcefully released to the public via the 1971 Media, Pennsylvania FBI office break in, the subsequent barrage of Freedom of Information Act requests, and the lawsuit by the Socialist Workers Party. It covers the known information about the FBI's secret Counter-Intelligence Program's (COINTELPRO), in which the J. Edgar Hoover directed bureau targeted groups and individuals that the FBI deemed subversive, includi ...more
Sherrie Miranda
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Sadly, this is true
Reviewed in the United States on September 18, 2020
As someone who knows many of the people these incidents happened to, I can tell you this book tells the absolute truth about how the FBI follows activists fighting for peace.
This book brought back memories of actual events that I could write about in my 2nd novel.
Thank you for doing the hard work of getting these stories down.
Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lie
Ross Nelson
Aug 27, 2020 rated it liked it
In its time (1975), this was probably a breakthrough book. However, there is so much more that came out after the Church Committee hearings that same year that it feels pretty dated now. It also focuses fairly tightly on incidents that involved the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) which the author is a member of. That said, that still means he got FOIA information on the Black Panthers, the Free Speech Movement, the Civil Rights leaders and more.

More recent books have done analysis and put the bigg
Jul 11, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Noam Chomsky introduction is a self-contained essay and worth reading on its own. The rest of the book doesn't really provide any more information than you can get from the Cointelpro Wikipedia article, but the scans of FBI documents are neat. ...more
Joe Richardson
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely phenomenal. Far more shocking and engaging than I initially expected, and filled with actual transcripts of documents. This is worth the time.
Feb 13, 2008 rated it it was ok
In light of how fascinating its topic is, I found this book surprisingly difficult to slog through.

Totally not bad. But not all that much fun, really, either.

I do recommend it, if you're interested in these things, since they're worth knowing about, and this seems to be the main source. However, don't expect an especially good time, that's all I'm saying.

PS Reading about government repression should be FUN!
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