Title:                      The COINTELPRO Papers

Author:                  Ward Churchill

Churchill, Ward (2002) and Jim Vander Wal. The COINTELPRO Papers: Documents From The FBI’s Secret Wars Against Dissent in The United States. Cambridge, MA: South End Press

LCCN:    2002106479

HV8144.F43 C48 2002

Date Updated:  March 28, 2016

An agent provocateur[1] is an agent deployed deliberately to entrap a target by pretending to be sympathetic to that person’s cause or purpose. Usually regarded as a tactic of last resort because it has dubious legal status in liberal democracies, it is an instrument favored by totalitarian regimes unconcerned with ethical standards.

In the United States, the COINTELPRO program of the Federal Bureau of Investigation had FBI agents pose as political radicals to disrupt the activities of political groups in the U.S., such as the Black Panthers, Ku Klux Klan, and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.

The COINTELPRO Papers is in pdf form online.

The following is from “Sometimes Desert Is Better Than the Meal, by Kenneth R. Kahn (May 6, 2003)

Ward Churchil and Jim Vander Wall have done an outstanding and meticulous job in assembling and explaining the FBI’s secret war on dissent in America, no wonder America is plagued with criminals, the supposed “good guys” are all out on black bag jobs committing their own crimes!!

Since it is a well known historical fact that J. Edgar Hoover, America’s semen stained supercop, was blackmailed by the mafia into silence, it stands to reason that he would need a new enemy to focus the attention of the American people. What better enemy than home grown political dissenters who would destroy the genteel American order—white men first.

The book focuses upon the FBI’s most notorious episodes—the COINTELPRO efforts against the Communist Party USA, Socialist Workers Party, the New Left, the American Indian Movement and the Black Panthers as demonstrative proof of the Bureau’s efforts to undermine and destroy the constitutional rights of all Americans.

It is, for me, the concluding chapter that ties everything together and offers some real life solutions to the peristent cancer that is the FBI. From 1956 to the “offical end” of COINTELPRO in 1971, the FBI committed:

* 2,218 separate actions.

*2,305 admitted warrantless telephone taps.

*697 “bugs against domestic political targets.”

*57,486 CIA mail intercepts.

“During the various Congressional committee investigations, the Bureau carefully hid the facts of its involvement in the 1969 Hampton-Clark assassinations. Simultaneously, it was covering up its criminal witholding of exculpatory evidence in the murder trial of LA Panther leader Geronimo Pratt.” (p. 303).

At the end, the authors offer the inescapable conclusion that priority number one is for the left to develop a strategy to come to grips with the FBI and the escalating power of “law enforcement” as well as the implications and consequences of the merging of the U.S. military and the domestic law enforcement apparatus.

Churchill and Vander Wall have written an excellent book which recounts history and warns us of the impending scenario we face by ignoring the increased power of the FBI, the US military and law enforcement in general.



[1] West, Nigel (2006). Historical Dictionary of International Intelligence. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press


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