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A threat of the first magnitude : FBI counterintelligence & infiltration from the Communist Party to the Revolutionary Union--1962-1974

Author: Aaron J Leonard; Conor A Gallagher
Publisher: London : Repeater Books, an imprint of Watkins Media Ltd, 2018.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The untold story of the FBI informants who penetrated the upper reaches of organizations such as the Communist Party, USA, the Black Panther Party, the Revolutionary Union and other groups labeled threats to the internal security of the United States.Sometime in the late fall/early winter of 1962, a document began circulating among members of the Communist Party USA based in the Chicago area, titled "Whither the  Read more...
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Threat of the first magnitude
(OCoLC)984591433
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Aaron J Leonard; Conor A Gallagher
ISBN: 9781910924723 1910924725
OCLC Number: 1019873518
Notes: Title details screen (OverDrive, viewed January 29, 2018).
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Preface --
Introduction : counterintelligence & informants --
Prelude : the shadow of Roman Malinovsky --
Morris Childs & His handlers --
The FBI's Maoist sect --
Richard Aoki : the reliable source --
The infiltration of "America's Maoists" --
Don Wright's rise in the Revolutionary Union --
The FBI's representative on the national liaison committee --
The never-ending campaign against James Forman --
The wrecking of the national liaison committee --
Aftermath --
Conclusion --
Epilogue --
Bibliography --
Appendix : select FBI documents --
Notes --
Index --
Acknowledgements.
Other Titles: FBI counterintelligence & infiltration from the Communist Party to the Revolutionary Union--1962-1974
FBI counterintelligence and infiltration from the Communist Party to the Revolutionary Union--1962-1974
Responsibility: Aaron J Leonard & Conor A Gallagher.

Abstract:

The untold story of the FBI informants who penetrated the upper reaches of organizations such as the Communist Party, USA, the Black Panther Party, the Revolutionary Union and other groups labeled threats to the internal security of the United States.Sometime in the late fall/early winter of 1962, a document began circulating among members of the Communist Party USA based in the Chicago area, titled "Whither the Party of Lenin." It was signed "The Ad Hoc Committee for Scientific Socialist Line." This was not the work of factionally inclined CP comrades, but rather something springing from the counter-intelligence imagination of the FBI.A Threat of the First Magnitude tells the story of the FBI's fake Maoist organization and the informants they used to penetrate the highest levels of the Communist Party USA, the Black Panther Party, the Revolutionary Union and other groups labelled threats to the internal security of the United States in the 1960s and 1970s.As once again the FBI is thrust into the spotlight of US politics, A Threat of a First Magnitude offers a view of the historic inner-workings of the Bureau's counterintelligence operations--from generating "fake news" and the utilization of "sensitive intelligence methods" to the handling of "reliable sources"--that matches or exceeds the sophistication of any contenders.

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