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Encyclopedia > The COINTELPRO Papers

The COINTELPRO Papers: Documents from the FBI's Secret War Against Domestic Dissent is a book by Ward Churchill and Jim Vander Wall. It is a history of the FBI's COINTELPRO efforts to disrupt dissident political organizations within the United States. It reproduces many original FBI memos. The neutrality and accuracy of this article are disputed. ... Official FBI Seal The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is a Federal police force which is the principal investigative arm of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). ... COINTELPRO is an acronym (COunter INTELligence PROgram) for a program of the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation aimed at investigating and disrupting dissident political organizations within the United States. ...


It was first published in 1990 by South End Press (paperback: ISBN 0896083594, hardcover: ISBN 0896083608). In 2002, a South End Press Classics edition was released (paperback: ISBN 0896086488, hardcover: ISBN 0896086496); it included a new preface by Churchill updating the cases of several incarcerated Black Panthers, analyzing the events at Ruby Ridge and Waco, and the War on Drugs and War on Terrorism. 1990 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... South End Press is a non-profit book publisher founded in 1977 and is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. ... 2002 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Black Panther Party (originally called the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense) was a revolutionary Black nationalist organization in the United States that formed in the late 1960s and grew to national prominence before falling apart due to factional rivalries stirred up by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. ... Ruby Ridge is a remote mountainous area in the northern Idaho Panhandle, known for a confrontation in August 1992 between a family living there and forces of the US federal government. ... The Branch Davidians are a religious group originating from the Seventh-day Adventist church. ... The prohibition of drugs through legislation or religious law is a common means of controlling the perceived negative consequences of recreational drug use at a society- or world-wide level. ... The War on terrorism or War on terror (abbreviated in policy circles as GWOT for global war on terror) is a global effort by the governments of several countries (primarily the United States and its principal allies) to neutralize international groups it deems as terrorist (primarily radical Islamist terrorist groups...


Dedication

For Fred Hampton and Mark Clark, two brothers who paid COINTELPRO's ultimate penalty during the pre-dawn hours of December 4, 1969.

Fred Hampton (August 30, 1948 – December 4, 1969) was a radical African American activist. ... Mark Clark was a member of the Black Panther Party killed with Fred Hampton in an infamous police raid in 1969 Chicago. ... December 4 is the 338th day (339th on leap years) of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1969 was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ...

Contents

  • Preface - The Face of COINTELPRO
  • Guide to the Documents
  • Introduction: A Glimpse Into the Files of America's Political Police
  1. Understanding Deletions in FBI Documents
  2. COINTELPRO - CP, USA
  3. COINTELPRO - SWP
  4. COINTELPRO - Puerto Rican Independence Movement
  5. COINTELPRO - Black Liberation Movement
  6. COINTELPRO - New Left
  7. COINTELPRO - AIM
  8. Conclusion: COINTELPRO Lives On

COINTELPRO is an acronym (COunter INTELligence PROgram) for a program of the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation aimed at investigating and disrupting dissident political organizations within the United States. ... The Socialist Workers Party is a small communist political party in the United States. ... This article or section should include material from Puerto Rican Nationalist Party The political movement for Puerto Rican Independence has existed since the mid-19th century and has advocated independence of the island of Puerto Rico, in varying degrees, from Spain (in the 1800s) or the United States (from 1898... The British New Left (or Old New Left) As a result of Khrushchevs secret speech denouncing Stalin and the Soviet invasion of Hungary in 1956, the Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB) ruptured. ... The American Indian Movement (AIM), is an American Indian civil rights group in the United States that burst on the national scene with its seizure of Alcatraz Island in 1968, the BIA headquarters in Washington, D.C., in 1972 and the 1973 standoff at Wounded Knee, South Dakota, on the...

External links

  • The COINTELPRO Papers Updated Edition page (http://www.southendpress.org/books/Cointelpro2.shtml) at South End Press.
  • Chapter 1 (http://ishgooda.org/peltier/copap1.htm), Understanding Deletions in FBI Documents
  • Chapter 7 (http://ishgooda.org/peltier/copap7a.htm), on COINTELPRO - American Indian Movement (AIM)
  • The Amazon.com page ([1] (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0896083594/)) features excerpts.
  • Chronicling the FBI’s history of dirty tricks (http://www.socialistworker.org/2002-2/423/423_09_FBIHistories.shtml), a review of The COINTELPRO Papers and Agents of Repression by Elizabeth Schulte at the Socialist Worker online (September 27, 2002).

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COINTELPRO - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1784 words)
COINTELPRO is an acronym ('COunter INTELligence PROgram') for a program of the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation aimed at investigating and disrupting dissident political organizations within the United States.
Although covert operations have been employed throughout FBI history, the formal COINTELPRO operations of 1956-1971 were broadly targeted against organizations that were (at the time) considered to have politically radical elements, ranging from those whose stated goal was the violent overthrow of the US government (such as the Weathermen) to Martin Luther King Jr.
COINTELPRO began in 1956 and was designed to "increase factionalism, cause disruption and win defections" inside the Communist Party U.S.A. Supporters of the program argue that the project was rooted in the Bureau's knowledge that some domestic leftwing and radical organizations were manipulated by hostile foreign intelligence agencies.
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