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Counterintelligence Activities and the FBI

David Cunningham

in There's Something Happening Here

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9780520239975
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520939240 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520239975.003.0002
Counterintelligence Activities and the FBI

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This chapter focuses on the nearly century-long history of the FBI. It details the Bureau's consistent mission of stifling political dissension through intelligence and counterintelligence activities, and discusses the significance of focusing on the 1960s and, in particular, COINTELPRO. The chapter argues that the FBI's allocation of repression makes sense only through an examination of organizational processes within the Bureau itself. More specifically, it focuses on how information about protest activity that flowed through the FBI can explain how repression was allocated against a wide range of protest targets. However, despite the overall focus on processes endogenous to the FBI, we need to be sensitive to the context within which the Bureau's counterintelligence activities emerged, as well as to create a basis for understanding the interactive relationship between repression and protest.

Keywords: FBI; COINTELPRO; political dissent; intelligence

Chapter.  10901 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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