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Selected Books

The Age of Surveillance: The Aims and Methods of America's Political Intelligence System by Frank J. Donner, New York: Knopf, 1980, Vintage, 1981

Agents of Repression: The FBI's Secret Wars Against the Black Panther Party and the American Indian Movement by Ward Churchill and Jim Vander Wall, South End Press, Cambridge, MA, 1988

Blue by Day, White by Night: Organized White Supremacist Groups in Law Enforcement Agencies by Michael Novick, People Against Racist Terror (PART), PO BOX 1990, Burbank, CA 91507, Revised and Updated, February 1993

Break-ins, Death Threats and the FBI: The Covert War Against the Central America Movement by Ross Gelbspan, Cambridge, MA, South End Press, 1991

Challenging the Secret Government: The Post-Watergate Investigations of the CIA and FBI by Kathryn S. Olmsted, Chapel Hill, The University of North Carolina Press, 1996

The COINTELPRO Papers: Documents From the FBI's Secret Wars Against Dissent in the United States by Ward Churchill and Jim Vander Wall, Cambridge, MA, South End Press 1990, 2002

COINTELPRO: The FBI's Secret War on Political Freedom by Nelson Blackstock, New York, Pathfinder Press, 1988
 
COINTELPRO: The FBI's Secret War on Political Freedom, Exclusive Documents from Illegal Counterintelligence Programs the government was forced to reveal, edited by Cathy Perkus, Introduction by Noam Chomsky, New York, Monad Press, 1975
 
FBI Secrets: An Agent's Exposé by M. Wesley Swearingen, South End Press, 1995

The FBI v. The First Amendment by Richard Criley, First Amendment Foundation, Los Angeles, 1990.
In the Spirit of Crazy Horse by Peter Matthiessen, New York, Viking Press, 1991

It Did Happen Here: Recollections of Political Repression in America by Bud Schultz and Ruth Schultz, Berkeley University of California Press, 1989

Protectors of Privilege: Red Squads and Police Repression in Urban America by Frank Donner, University of California Press, Berkeley, 1992

Secrets: The CIA’s War at Home by Angus Mackenzie, Berkeley, University of California Press, 1999

State Secrets by Paul Cowan, Nick Egleson, and Nat Hentoff, New York, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1973

There’s Something Happening Here: The New Left, the Klan, and FBI Counterintelligence by David Cunningham, Berkeley, University of California Press, 2005.

War at Home: Covert Action Against U.S. Activists and What We Can Do About It by Brian Glick, South End Press, 1999

Articles

Churchill, Ward and Jim Vander Wall, “COINTELPRO Against the Black Panthers: The Case of Geronimo Pratt,” Covert Action Information Bulletin, No. 31, January 1989

Goldstein, Robert Justin, “The FBI's Forty Year Plot,” The Nation, No. 227, July 1, 1978

Goldstein, Robert Justin, “An American Gulag? Summary Arrest and Emergency Detention of Political Dissidents in the United States,” Columbia Human Rights Law Review, No. 10, 1978

Gary T. Marx, “Thoughts on a Neglected Category of Social Movement Participant: The Agent Provocateur and the Informant,” American Journal of Sociology, vol. 80, no. 2 (September 1974)

National Lawyer's Guild, Counterintelligence: A Documentary Look at America's Political Police, Volume One, Chicago, 1978.

Government Reports

Final Report of the Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities of the United States Senate, Ninety Fourth Congress, First Session, U.S. Government Printing Office, No. 94-755, April 14, 1976, Volumes 1–6

Hearings Before the Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities of the United States Senate, Ninety Fourth Congress, First Session, U.S. Government Printing Office, Sept. 16–Dec. 5, 1975, Volumes 1–7



COINTELPRO Resources

The following resources may prove helpful to those who wish to dig deeper into the history and continuing impact of COINTELPRO. This is a brief, basic list—there are many other books, films, and websites that delve into aspects of this history; there are many other possible directions for political action and research. And, as the film makes clear, there are still many of the crimes of COINTELPRO that remain unknown.

Websites: There is some duplication on the websites listed, which we have retained given the ever-changing nature of the web, so that the important resources, such as “COINTELPRO: The Untold American Story” remain available. Also, some of the sites include full text and/or excerpts of many of the books listed below.

COINTELPRO: The Untold American Story is a compilation by Paul Wolf with contributions from Robert Boyle, Bob Brown, Tom Burghardt, Noam Chomsky, Ward Churchill, Kathleen Cleaver, Bruce Ellison, Cynthia McKinney, Nkechi Taifa, Laura Whitehorn, Nicholas Wilson, and Howard Zinn. It was presented to then U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, at the World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa by members of the Congressional Black Caucus attending the conference: Donna Christianson, John Conyers, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Barbara Lee, Sheila Jackson Lee, Cynthia McKinney, and Diane Watson.

It can be found at the following sites:
http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/FBI/COINTELPRO_Untold_Story.html

http://www.whale.to/b/wolf_coin.html

This Political Research Associates site has much information, and, still in progress, allows the user to look at files state-by-state.
http://www.publiceye.org/liberty/Feds/cointelpro.html

Paul Wolf, who made the compilation, also has additional information on COINTELPRO on his site at:
http://www.icdc.com/~paulwolf/cointelpro/cointel.htm

Human Rights in the US: The Unfinished Story of Political Prisoners/Victims of COINTELPRO is an important pamphlet.

This site includes a good collection of book excerpts and articles relating to COINTELPRO. This is the main contents listing: http://www.whale.to/b/cointelpro_q.html

Among the reference books listed below, the site includes excerpts from Secrets: The CIA’s War at Home by Angus Mackenzie: http://www.whale.to/b/mackenzie_h.html

And War at Home: Covert Action Against U.S. Activists and What We Can Do About It by Brian Glick: http://www.buildingliberty.us/war-at-home/index.html

The Third World Traveler site, another collection, also includes the Brian Glick book: http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Third_World_US/COINTELPRO70s_WAH.html

This site includes the “Intelligence Activities and The Rights of Americans, Final Report of the Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities,” also known as the Church Committee Report: http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/FBI/Church_Committee_Report.html

A collection entitled “COINTELPRO: The Sabotage Of Legitimate Dissent” appears here:
http://whatreallyhappened.com/RANCHO/POLITICS/COINTELPRO/cointelpro.html

Chapter 1 of the book listed below There’s Something Happening Here: The New Left, the Klan, and FBI Counterintelligence by David Cunningham, can be accessed here:
http://www.ucpress.edu/excerpt.php?isbn=9780520246652#readchapter1

Political prisoner Sundiata Acoli has prepared analysis and information on political prisoners and the prison movement:
http://www.scribd.com/doc/28866348/Who-Are-New-Afrikan-Political-Prisoners-and-Prisoners-of-War-and-a-Brief-History-of-the-New-Afrikan-Prison-Struggle

This site includes information on the assassination of Fred Hampton of the Black Panther Party:
http://www.scribd.com/doc/26742855/The-Murder-of-Chairman-Fred-Hampton-Sr-by-Chicago-Police-and-F-B-I

Information on the case of Leonard Peltier of the American Indian Movement: http://ishgooda.org/peltier/

The site includes documents from the FBI's Secret Wars Against Dissent in the United States
by Ward Churchill and Jim Vander Wall and related information: http://ishgooda.org/peltier/cointel.htm

An article on the break-in to the offices of the FBI in Media, Pennsylvania: http://www.commondreams.org/views06/0308-27.htm

Hip-Hop Fridays: COINTELPRO: The Untold American Story Part 3: http://www.blackelectorate.com/print_article.asp?ID=632