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The COINTELPRO Papers

Documents From the FBI’s Secret Wars Against Dissent in the United States

Ward Churchill and Jim Vander Wall

Pages: 560
Edition: Classics Series, Volume 8
ISBN: 0-89608-648-8
Format: paper
Release Date: 2002-01-01
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Description of The COINTELPRO Papers.

Readers anxious about the loss of civil liberties under George W. Bush will find ground for their fears—and suggestions for activism—in The COINTELPRO Papers. Ward Churchill and Jim Vander Wall’s exposé of America’s political police force, the FBI, reveals the iron fist hiding beneath the velvet glove of “compassionate conservatism.”

Reproducing many original FBI memos, the authors provide extensive analysis of the agency’s treatment of the Left, from the Communist Party in the 1950s to the Central America solidarity movement in the 1980s. Ward Churchill’s substantial new preface to this South End Press Classics edition updates the cases of several incarcerated Black Panthers and analyzes the events at Ruby Ridge and Waco, as well as the wars on drugs and terrorism. Churchill makes a compelling argument that US law enforcement has become thoroughly militarized, with devastating consequences for all those who work for social justice.

“Churchill and Vander Wall document the contunuing war, real and symbolic, which the FBI waged against a variety of protest groups during the early 1970s and since then as well. Chapter by chapter, we are saddened to learn that the agency was truly an equal opportunity offender.”—American Indian Quarterly

“In this detailed review of the subversive activities of the national political police over many years, the authors show that the commitment to undermine free association and independent thought is deeply rooted in national policy and subject to only superficial challenge. Their harrowing and extensively documented study lends much credibility to their supposition that ‘COINTELPRO lives on,’ and efforts to organize poor and oppressed people and dissident movements will be targeted for destruction by state power.”— Noam Chomsky