FBI Crimes - Excerpt from ...

War at Home

Brian Glick, ISBN 0-89608-349-7

The excerpt below is an example of crimes committed by the American FBI.

The purpose of posting this excerpt is for use when someone hostile to our search for justice states that government "would never do such a thing", referring to crimes against the government's own citzens.

The author permits limited, properly footnoted excerpts without written permission.

Memo to Field Offices


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the law, FBI agents and police officers routinely roughed up 1960s activists
and often threatened or injured them.  The coordinator of PEN American 
Center's Freedom to Write Committee recorded the experience of one
alternative newspaper:

    Kudzu, produced in Jackson, Mississippi, served as a major
    organizational center for the New Left and counterculture in the
    area.  The tenacity of the paper and its allies can be gauged by 
    the fact that by 1968 the newspaper had survived a conviction on
    obscenity charges, the arrest of salespeople, the confiscation of
    cameras, and even eviction from its offices.  On October 8, 1968, 
    eighteen staff members and supporters of Kudzu were attacked
    and beaten by Jackson deputy sherriffs ... In 1970, Kudzu was
    put under direct surveillance by the FBI.  For more than two months
    FBI agents made daily searches without warrants ... On October 
    24 and 25, Kudzu sponsored a Southern regional conference of the
    Underground Press Syndicate.  The night before the conference the 
    FBI and Jackson detectives searched the Kudzu offices twice.  
    During the search, an FBI agent threatened to kill Kudzu staffers.
    On the morning of October 26, FBI agents again searched the offices.
    That evening local police entered the building, held its eight
    occupants at gunpoint, produced a bag of marijuana, then arrested
    them ... A Kudzu staff member commented, "The FBI used to be
    fairly sophisticated, but lately they have broken one of our doors, 
    pointed guns in our faces, told us that 'Punks like you don't have 
    any rights', and threatened to shoot us on the street if they see 
    us with our hands in our pockets."  [166]

Similar violence was used to disperse 1960s demonstrations, with proactive 
acts by undercover agents often providing a convenient pretext.  Southern
police attacks on civil rights workers in the early 1960s have been widely 
publicized, most recently in the film "Eyes on the Prize".  Contrary to the 
impression promoted by the media, however, 1960s brutality against political
protesters was not limited to any one period or region.  As progressive
momentum surged in the final years of the decade, "Southern justice" spread
throughout the country.  Unarmed demonstrators were attacked by police and 
national guardsmen in Ohio (Kent State), Kansas, Wisconsin, Illinois, New 
York, California and Puerto Rico as well as Mississippi (Jackson State) and
North Carolina (Orangeburg).  Thousands were beaten and injured. Hundreds
were wounded and hospitalized.  At least 17 were killed. [167]

166.    Rips, Geoffrey, "The Campaign against the Underground Press"
        (A PEN American Center Report), in UnAmerican Activities
        (City Lights Books, 1981); Mackenzie, Angus, "Sabotaging the
        Dissident Press", Columbia Journalism Reveiw, March 3,
        1981; Armstrong, David, A Trumpet to Arms: The Alternative
        Media in America (South End Press, 1981), pp. 137ff.

167.    Goldstein, pp. 509-513; Petition to the United Nations,
        p. 24


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This is not an excerpt from Brian Glick's writing itself.  It is, however,
an excerpted FBI directive to its field offices, both in Brian Glick's files
and in the FBI Reading Room in Washington DC.  Another source of FBI
COINTELPRO papers is COINTELPRO PAPERS: Documents from the FBI's Secret
War on Domestic Dissent (South End Press, 1989.  REMEMBER THE FOLLOWING



Bulletin 5/10/68 requested suggestions for Counterintelligence action against
the New Left.  The replies to the Bureau's request have been analyzed and it
is felt that the following suggestions for counterintelligence action can be
utilized by all offices:

1.  Preparation of a leaflet desgined to counteract the impression that
    Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and other minority groups
    speak for the majority of students at universities.  The leaflet 
    should contain photographs of New Left leadership at the respective
    university.  Naturally the most obnoxious pictures should be used.

2.  The instigating of or the taking advantage of personal conflicts or
    animosities existing between New Left leaders.

3.  The creating of impressions that certain New Left leaders are
    informants for the Bureau or other law enforcement agencies.

4.  The use of articles from student newspapers and/or the "underground
    press" to show the depravity of New Left leaders and members.  In
    this connection, articles showing the use of narcotics and free sex
    are ideal to send to university officials, wealthy donors, members
    of the legislature and parents of students who are active New Left

5.  Since the use of marijuana and other narcotics is widespread among
    members of the New Left, you should be alert to opportunities to 
    have them arrested by local authorities on drug charges ...

6.  The drawing up of anonymous letters regarding individuals active in
    the New Left.  These letters should set out their activities and
    should be sent to their parents, neighbors, and the parents'
    employers.  This could have the effect of forcing the parents to
    take action.

7.  Anonymous letters describing faculty members and graduate assistants
    in the various institutions of higher learning who are active in New
    Left matters.  The activities and associations of the individual
    should be set out.  Anonymous mailings should be made to university
    officials, members of the state legislature, Board of Regents, and
    to the press.  Such letters could be signed "A Concerned Alumni" or
    "A Concerned Taxpayer".

8.  Whenever  New Left gropus engage in disruptive activities on college
    campuses, cooperative press contacts should be encouraged to emphasize
    that the disruptive elements constitute a minority of the students
    and do not represent the conviction of the majority ...

9.  There is a definite hostility among SDS and other New Left groups
    toward Socialist Workers Party (SWP), the Young Socialist Alliance
    (YSA), and the Progressive Labor Party (PLP).  This hostility should
    be exploited wherever possible.

10. The field was previously  advised that the New Left gropus are
    attempting to open coffeehouses near military bases in order to 
    influence members of the Armed Forces.  Wherever these coffeehouses
    are, friendly news media should be alerted to them and their purpose.
    In addition, various drugs such as marijuana, will probably be utilized
    by individuals running the coffeehouses or frequenting them.  Local
    law enforcement authorities should be promptly advised whenever you
    receive an indication that this is being done.

11. Consider the use of cartoons, photographs, and anonymous letters 
    which will have the effect of ridiculing the New Left.  Ridicule
    is one of the most potent weapons we can use against it.

12. Be alert for opportunities to confuse and disrupt New Left activities
    by misinformation.  For example, when events are planned, notification
    that the event has been cancelled or postponed could be sent to various
    individuals ...

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