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Spying on America : the FBI's domestic counterintelligence program

Author: James Kirkpatrick Davis
Publisher: New York : Praeger, 1992.
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"COINTELPRO"--An acronym for "Counterintelligence Program"--is the code name the FBI gave to the secret operations aimed at five major social and political protest groups: the Communist party, the Socialist Workers party, the Ku Klux Klan, black nationalist hate groups, and the New Left movement. Spying on America, the first book to chronicle all five of the operations, tells the story of how the FBI, from 1956  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Davis, James Kirkpatrick.
Spying on America.
New York : Praeger, 1992
(OCoLC)651827934
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Kirkpatrick Davis
ISBN: 0275934071 9780275934071
OCLC Number: 24009976
Description: x, 192 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. The Media Office Raid: Secret FBI Counterintelligence Becomes Public --
2. The Communist Party U.S.A. COINTELPRO --
3. The Socialist Workers Party COINTELPRO --
4. The White Hate Group COINTELPRO --
5. The Black Nationalist Hate Group COINTELPRO --
6. The New Left COINTELPRO --
7. The End of COINTELPRO?
Responsibility: James Kirkpatrick Davis.

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An exploration of the the FBI's five COINTELPRO (Counterintelligence Programme) operations, which directed its efforts against social and political protest movements, from the Communist Party to the  Read more...

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Davis--coauthor of Kelley (1987), the autobiography of former FBI director Clarence M. Kelley--delves into the FBI's secret counterintelligence program (COINTELPRO), which from 1956 to 1971 aimed to Read more...

 
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