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Cointelpro: The FBI's Secret War on Political Freedom Paperback – September 1, 1988


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  • Paperback: 203 pages
  • Publisher: Pathfinder Press (NY); 3rd Rep edition (September 1, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873488776
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873488778
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #391,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cointelpro is the first book to disclose, in indisputable and chilling words of FBI officials themselves, the two-pronged attack with which the FBI has attempted to discredit and destroy lawful and effective groups working for social justice. Gloria Steinem

Using taxpayers money, large numbers of federal officials have been and still are working overtime in an attempt to disrupt, confuse and thwart the black, labor, and socialist movements from achieving their goals of eliminating oppression and exploitation. That is the only conclusion to be drawn from reading the book. The Black Scholar

Background essays ... and facsimiles of nearly 100 FBI memos and other documents are worth the study of thoughtful readers. Publishers Weekly --Publishers Weekly


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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Tony Thomas on May 2, 2006
Format: Paperback
Though this book is almost thirty years old, it catalogs the tactics that the United States Government has been carrying since the spectre of fundamental social change came on the scene after the Russian revolution. The government continues to do this, and they will continue to do this as long as it is controled by the capitalist wealthy who know that the interests of the majority of working people in the and theirs are in conflict. Wherever movements that question this society's exploitation and injustice arise, they use the police forces both secret and public to disrupt them illegally, they spy on them, and they are not above violence.

I was active as a member, full time volunteer, and leader of the Socialist Workers Party during the years covered by this book. The law suit and struggle against FBI disruption of our organization, the antiwar movement, and the Black rights movement showed that the apartment I shared with other party activists had been broken into. The deposition the FBI had of me before the trial indicated that the FBI had been following me around, taking notes at everything I said from the time I became an SWP member at the age of 20 and even before. Yet, the FBI spying, that began in the 1930s, had not led to any prosecution of the SWP or any of its members.

We successfully fought this suit not because we believed that the legal system in this country will end the use of the government as a weapon against working people, against unions, Black rights, immigrants, women's rights, or antiwar fighters. We know they will use the government for that purpose as long as the government is in the hands of the capitalists and not in the hands of workers and farmers.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on March 10, 2003
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Cointelpro by Nelson Blackstock is a close and penetrating look at the illegal FBI counterintelligence program code-named COINTELPRO. Brought to light by a lawsuit filed in 1973 and settled thirteen years later, the COINTELPRO program, its methods for political disruption, techniques used by the FBI, CIA, and military intelligence, are all covered in-depth in this shocking and fascinating account. Enhanced with an introduction by Noam Chomsky, Cointelpro is especially timely reading in view of the radical measures being passed into law and implemented under the aegis of Homeland Security.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jane Harris on June 3, 2006
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If you're concerned about the future of democratic rights under the so-called Patriot Act, just take a short glimpse back in American history with COINTELPRO, the code-name for FBI's covert and illegal counterintelligence program. This book takes a look at the program through the prism of the Socialist Workers Party and Young Socialist Alliance because it was those two groups that went to court against the FBI in 1974. Through the lawsuit these two organizations launched, an avalanche of documents came to light. You'll read how the FBI used every dirty trick in the book to discredit these groups--getting members fired from their jobs, discredited as candidates, how they sought to drive a wedge between the followers of Malcolm X and the SWP, how hard they worked to upset the antiwar movement and more. Many important copies of documents appear in the book. Must reading for anyone concerned with attacks on freedom of speech and association, and how to fight back against government disruption plans.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Soraya on March 11, 2012
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This book will shatter the nieve perception most Americans hold as to the freedoms we possess, and the general view of our government as a fair and just organization. Ignorance is bliss, but knowledge is power.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jabez B. Wright on November 17, 2013
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This country always try to play the good guy to the world but, at home, America is truly run by the Devil. The things that they do to hold people down is quite disturbing. You don't play they're way, they will destroy you. They don't want minorities as equals, they want all minorities beneath them.
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