- 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: 5.3 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,437,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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) 1st Edition
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I bought this book on the mistaken notion that it was a guide for the concerned citizen to combat radical groups in American society. After reading, I've discovered its exactly that; It just happens to be written from the opposite perspective. War At Home is a good guide from which a pro-American individual or group can develop countermeasures to the radical/fringe/hate groups in our midst. That's not what the author intended, but as the book so eloquently demonstrates, information is a weapon.
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... full-scale covert operations are already underway to neutralize today's opposition movements before they can reach the massive level of the 1960s." (Pg. 31-33)
He suggests that the government will attempt to make "the victims of official violence appear to be the aggressor," and provoke dissident movements to "tear themselves apart through factionalism and other modes of self-destruction." (Pg. 38) The remainder of the book is devoted to practical suggestions for how to protect oneself and dissident organizations from such covert government operations.
The impact of this book is only increased by later government actions (e.g., since the post-9/11 Patriot Act was passed); it will be of considerable interest---even more than 20 years after it was written---to activists and dissidents of the Left.
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.