November 20

Ep. 0041: COINTELPRO

From 1954 to 1971, J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI ran a “Counterintelligence Program” (“Cointelpro”) that targeted such diverse people as communists, civil rights activists, antiwar groups, black power leaders, and the Ku Klux Klan for illegal and unconstitutional surveillance, harassment, defamation, and even physical attack.

Join Prof CJ as he discusses:

  • The origins of Cointelpro
  • The nature of the operation
  • How the FBI applied Cointelpro under at least 4 presidents to all sorts of “extremists” and “subversives” (no matter how peaceful their methods), including efforts to defame Martin Luther King to the point of suicide
  • The exposure of Cointelpro to the public in 1971 and its (supposed) cessation that year
  • The investigation of the operation by the Church Committee in the US Senate
  • How the FBI frequently shared info with other government agencies, including the CIA and NSA
  • How reforms aimed to curb this sort of thing were short-lived at best
  • How things in some ways are worse today

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Posted November 20, 2014 by profcj in category "American History", "Podcasts

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