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There's Something Happening Here
By David Cunningham

There's Something Happening Here

The New Left, the Klan, and FBI Counterintelligence

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There's Something Happening Here by David Cunningham

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Using over twelve thousand previously classified documents made available through the Freedom of Information Act, David Cunningham uncovers the riveting inside story of the FBI's attempts to neutralize political targets on both the Right and the Left during the 1960s. Examining the FBI's infamous counterintelligence programs (COINTELPROs) against suspected communists, civil rights and black power advocates, Klan adherents, and antiwar activists, he questions whether such actions were aberrations or are evidence of the bureau's ongoing mission to restrict citizens' right to engage in legal forms of political dissent. At a time of heightened concerns about domestic security, with the FBI's license to spy on U.S. citizens expanded to a historic degree, the question becomes an urgent one. This book supplies readers with insights and information vital to a meaningful assessment of the current situation. "There's Something Happening Here" looks inside the FBI's COINTELPROs against white hate groups and the New Left to explore how agents dealt with the hundreds of individuals and organizations labeled as subversive threats. Rather than reducing these activities to a product of the idiosyncratic concerns of longtime director J. Edgar Hoover, Cunningham focuses on the complex organizational dynamics that generated literally thousands of COINTELPRO actions. His account shows how - and why - the inner workings of the programs led to outcomes that often seemed to lack any overriding logic; it also examines the impact the bureau's massive campaign of repression had on its targets. The lessons of this era have considerable relevance today, and Cunningham extends his analysis to the FBI's often controversial recent actions to map the influence of the COINTELPRO legacy on contemporary debates over national security and civil liberties.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520246652
ISBN-10: 0520246659
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Pages: 382
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 5-Aug-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - David Cunningham

David Cunningham is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Brandeis University.

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