Paul WolfCOINTELPRO: The FBI's Covert Action Programs Against AmerSun Oct 23, 2005 00:5722.214.171.124
FBI counterintelligence programs to repress political dissent in the United States.
COINTELPRO: The FBI's Covert Action Programs Against American
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COINTELPRO is an acronym for a series of FBI counterintelligence programs designed to neutralize political dissidents. Although covert operations have been employed throughout FBI history, the formal COINTELPRO's of 1956-1971 were broadly targeted against radical political organizations. In the early 1950s, the Communist Party was illegal in the United States. The Senate and House of Representatives each set up investigating committees to prosecute communists and publicly expose them. (The House Committee on Un-American Activities and the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee, led by Senator Joseph McCarthy). When a series of Supreme Court rulings in 1956 and 1957 challenged these committees and questioned the constitutionality of Smith Act prosecutions and Subversive Activities Control Board hearings, the FBI's response was COINTELPRO, a program designed to "neutralize" those who could no longer be prosecuted. Over the years, similar programs were created to neutralize civil rights, anti-war, and many other groups, all said to be "communist front organizations." As J. Edgar Hoover, longtime Director of the FBI, put it.
FBI COINTELPRO Documents
The COINTELPRO Casebook
An outline of court cases related to COINTELPRO or COINTELPRO-like programs. (ongoing investigations of disfavored organizations for political, rather than legitimate law-enforcement purposes, often using harrassment, break-ins, provocateurs, etc. to disrupt them) Cases are arranged by group, rather than by legal issue, and are keyword-searchable through the picosearch engine below.
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