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War at Home: Covert action against U.S. activists and what we can do about it (South End Press Pamphlet Series) Paperback – July 1, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0896083493 ISBN-10: 0896083497 Edition: 1st

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  • Series: South End Press Pamphlet Series (Book 6)
  • Paperback: 90 pages
  • Publisher: South End Press; 1st edition (July 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0896083497
  • ISBN-13: 978-0896083493
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #997,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Ken McCarthy on January 8, 2002
Format: Paperback
Whether you are a social activist or a person interested in hisory and current events this short book is an important read. It's a little known fact that the federal government, when it is not funding terrorists like Osama bin Laden, uses millions of tax payer dollars each year to surveil, harass, and disrupt legitimate First Ammendment activities of groups it disapproves of here in the United States. Glick documents these activities (often referred to as COINTELPRO for the FBI program of the same name) and gives human rights, peace, civil rights and environmental groups (the most frequent targets) an undertanding of how these anti-democratic operations work and how to indentify and counteract them. As one of the founding fathers said: "The price of Liberty is eternal vigilance" and this is an important work in that grand tradition.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Phil Myers on March 29, 2007
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This little pamphlet is an absolutely indispensable primer on covert government repression for activists in the US and abroad.

Glick lays out a meticulously documented capsule history of systematic US government repression against activist groups since the 1920s, with particular focus on the 1960s. Drawing on the government's own documents as well as activist's accounts, Glick shows how the FBI and local police forces used a wide range of tactics from spying to harassment, disruption, false arrest, and cold-blooded murder to divide, demoralize, terrorize, immobilize, and behead the social movements of the 1960s.

But above and beyond this eye-opening and outrageous account, Glick offers concrete, specific, and practical advice for activist groups that will face these same vicious and unrelenting government attacks as the struggle for freedom and justice continues.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough to those who, as Ashanti Alston put it, "care, and dare" enough to challenge the powers-that-be.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By golgotha.gov on October 11, 2008
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WAR AT HOME (1989)
by Brian Glick

This small booklet details the actions of the FBI's infamous Counter-Intelligence Program, also known as "COINTELPRO". Author Brian Glick is a former member of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) who as a lawyer worked on the defense counsel for Black Panther Geronimo Pratt. The booklet asserts that rather than being discontinued in the 1970s, Cointelpro activities are still in use to this day.

The first chapter is an overview of Cointelpro's officially recognized period, concentrated mostly in the 1960s. The FBI had started to monitor Communist groups in the 1950s, but the multitude of radical groups that developed in the sixties led to a substantial rise in surveillance activities. Groups targeted were predominately left-wing, socialist or communist in orientation, including the Socialist Workers Party, Communist Party USA and the Students for a Democratic Society. Nobody was more aggressively targeted than the Black nationalist groups such as the Black Panthers and the Nation of Islam. Perhaps the most controversial of their targets was Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights movement. The FBI used several different strategies to disrupt the groups. One was that they would fabricate correspondence between a figure in one group and send it to another. For example they might make up an angry letter made to look like it was written by a Communist Party member and mail it to the Black Panthers. This was done to prevent a cohesive alliance from forming between the disparate groups.

The second chapter lays out what the author believes are the targets of the New Cointelpro. Some of these are continuations of the 1960s incarnation, such as Black and Latino groups.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven H Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on April 16, 2012
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Author Brian Glick wrote in the Introduction to this brief 1989 book, "Government harrassment of U.S. political activists clearly exists today, violating our fundamental democratic rights and creating a climate of fear and distrust which undermines our efforts to challenge official policy. Similar attacks on social justice movements came to light during the 1960s. Only years later did we learn that these had been merely the visible tip of an iceberg. Largely hidden at the time was a vast government program to neutralize domestic political opposition through 'covert action' (political repression carried out secretly or under the guise of legitimate law enforcement). The 1960s program, coordinated by the FBI under the code name 'COINTELPRO,' was exposed in the 1970s and supposedly stopped. But covert operations against dissidents did not end. They have persisted and become an integral part of government activity. This book is designed to help today's activists learn from the history of COINTELPRO, so that future movements can better fight this war at home." (Pg. 5)

He notes that, although COINTELPRO was supposedly combatting enemy intelligence, "the government's targets were not enemy spies"; it was used against "perceived domestic threats to the established political and social order." (Pg. 10-11) Included among these were the Communist Party USA; the Socialist Workers Party; Students for a Democratic Society, and many others (pg. 11-13).

He cautions, "we can hardly afford to ignore these many signs of danger... Covert action has been legalized and endorsed at the highest levels of government. Official secrecy has been restored. Government harrassment of domestic dissidents continued unabated...
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