The COINTELPRO Papers: Documents from the FBI's Secret Wars Against Dissent in the United States

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by Ward Churchill and Jim Vander Wall

Black Classic Press

1990, 2001, 2022, paperback

SKU: 9781574782158


Ward Churchill and Jim Vander Wall's exposé of America's political police force, the FBI, reveals the steel fist undergirding "compassionate conservatism's" velvet glove. Using original FBI memos, the authors provide extensive analysis of the agency's treatment of the left, from the Communist Party in the 1950s to the Central America solidarity movement in the 1980s. The authors' new introduction posits likely trajectories for domestic repression.

The lawlessness wreaked on The Black Panther Party and the American Indian Movement by agencies of the U.S. government - the murders, assaults, spying, frame-ups and the illegal imprisonments of innocent people should never be forgotten.  Agents of Repression and The COINTELPRO Papers ensure that the memory of this troubled period is recorded with accuracy and the rigorous detail it deserves.  The Black Classic Press editions of these two important works contain a new introductory retrospective by author Ward Churchill detailing the history of both books and significant related events that have occurred since their original publication.  


"The COINTELPRO Papers is a godsend for all of us that write, litigate, or otherwise delve into the arcane mysteries of a government gone mad." -- William Kunstler, radical civil rights attorney and co-founder of the Center for Constitutional Rights

“In this detailed review of the subversive activities of the national political police over many years, the authors show that the commitment to undermine free association and independent thought is deeply rooted in national policy and subject to only superficial challenge. Their harrowing and extensively documented study lends much credibility to their supposition that ‘COINTELPRO lives on,’ and efforts to organize poor and oppressed people and dissident movements will be targeted for destruction by state power.” -- Noam Chomsky

About the Authors:

Ward Churchill is an American author and political activist. He was a professor of ethnic studies at the University of Colorado Boulder from 1990 until 2007. The primary focus of his work focuses the historical treatment of political dissenters and Native Americans by the United States government. He was a member of the Governing Council of the Colorado chapter of the American Indian Movement. Among his two dozen books are Wielding Words Like Weapons, Pacifism as Pathology, and Kill the Indian, Save the Man.

Jim Vander Wall is an active supporter of indigenous people's sovereignty, and has written several articles on FBI counterintelligence operations.