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There's Something Happening Here: The New Left, the Klan, and FBI Counterintelligence 1st Edition

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Cunningham analyzes the counterintelligence program of the FBI that was discovered in the early 1970s and formally stopped as an illegal operation in violation of the target's civil rights. Illegal surveillance was conducted with a broad range of groups from the New Left to civil rights groups to the Ku Klux Klan and related hate groups. Cunningham asserts that while the formal COINTELPRO was outlawed, many of its practices have continued because they are rooted in the strong anti-communist era when the FBI's activities went far beyond mere surveillance. Cunningham reflects on both the similar and distinctly different treatment of the New Left, which FBI director J. Edgar Hoover considered to be unpatriotic, and the Klan, which was viewed as patriotic but prone to violence. Cunningham draws connections between structural deficiencies of the agency from the 1970s until today, and their impact on the agency's inability to detect the activities of the 9/11 terrorists. This is an absorbing book for readers interested in the balance between our government's questionable surveillance practices and concerns about national security. Vernon Ford
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"An absorbing book for readers interested in the balance between our government's questionable surveillance practices and concerns about national security." -- Vernon Ford, Booklist --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 366 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; 1st edition (2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520246659
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520246652
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,069,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a fascinating topic to research and learn about. First heard about COINTELPRO (Counter Intelligence Program) from a documentary we watched called '1971'. It was about a group of people who broke into an FBI building and stole all the documents. From that was found papers with the term COINTELPRO on them. That led to the further investigations and it was found that the FBI was performing domestic surveillance on people in the United States.

That really made me both mad and interested to learn more about the domestic surveillance. This book goes into further detail about the COINTELPRO program. It was a dissertation topic of the author and took several years to compile. With that in mind there is no fluff in this book, It is very weighty in material.

The author talks about several groups the FBI were interested in like the SDS (Students for Democratic Society), Black Panthers, and the KKK. Basically anyone with a possible link to socialism, or communism. Any group that went against the status quote was considered a threat to the country.

The tactics the FBI used was deplorable in most cases and illegal. Wire tapping, infiltrating groups and spreading lies against the top members, sometimes even assassinating its leaders like Fred Hampton. These are just some of the things that will get under your skin and make you ask the question if they still do that today.

Conclusion: COINTELPRO is a fascinating subject to read about. I would definitely recommend this book.
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I grew up in a university town during the 60's and 70's and I always got the impression that there was "something happening". It was during an internet search for information about that period of history and protest events that I came across this book. What I learned was more familiar than surprising. At any rate, I would advise anyone who aspires to write fiction or screenplays set in this time period to read either this book or something else on this subject. Without some knowledge of these activities, a writer would be naive and poorly informed.
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...we find out how the state tries to control (KKK) or destroy (New Left) citizen movements in the US. Law enforcement goes well beyond its bounds and serves the status quo or, as we call it today, the 1%.
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Mediocre reportage with no particular insights into the FBI Cointellpro program. History the way the New Left would like it.
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