By Geoffrey Rips, Anne Janowitz, Nancy J. Peters, Allen Ginsberg, Aryeh Neier, Todd Gitlin, Angus Mackenzie
Geoffrey Rips, coordinator of PEN American middle Freedom to put in writing Committee, has compiled a vital file on unlawful surveillance and harassment of the powerful self reliant press move of the Nineteen Sixties and Nineteen Seventies. mentioning executive documents and editors' records, he tells the tale of FBI, CIA, NSA, army and police efforts to silence dissident voices of antiwar, New Left, early life, women's and minority rights movements.
The FBI 12 element Plan to Disrupt the recent Left introduced a national crusade to ridicule, discredit, and 'confuse by means of misinformation.' govt brokers blackmailed, tapped telephones, monitored financial institution and tax files, beat up and jailed humans. Police searched with out warrants, destroyed presses and kit, countenanced terrorist thugs, bombings and homicide. Rips research of presidency excessive crimes and misdemeanors places questions of censorship and unfastened speech in sharp concentration.
Civil libertarian Aryeh Neier surveys political surveillance within the U.S. from the early nineteenth century to the 'invisible' censorship of state-of-the-art refined police networks.
Todd Gitlin, writer of 'The entire global is staring at' reports 'The Underground Press and Its Cave-In' within the context of the recent Left as a complete.
Looking into the CIA's Operation CHAOS, Angus Mackenzie specializes in the unusual case of agent and informer Sal Ferrera. And he info executive strain on list businesses to withdraw ads contracts which the underground press depended on for sales.
Allen Ginsberg, prophet and sleuth (instrumental in exposing CiA heroin trafficking), provided PEN with documents he amassed among 1968 and 1972 relating unlawful govt sabotage of the written notice. In his ahead he writes, 'Our invoice of Writes used to be followed to restrict the pushiness of police spies, govt gossips, agents-provocateurs, drunken busy-bodies, kinky bureaucrats, off-the-wall paper-pushers.'
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Through out the early 1960s, military intelligence agents maintained a public profile, even when dealing with nonmilitary groups. But in 1967, when the Armed Forces intelligence program was augmented to hunt for threats of civil disorder9 , agents did surreptitious spying on both military personnel and on civilians. Of course, military intelligence openly scrutinized writing and publishing by military personnel. In 1971, after Congress held hearings on domestic intelli gence, the military was pressured to reduce its surveillance of civilians.
IF YOl: ARE Sl:BPOENAED TO APPEAR BEFORE THE GRAND JURY, NOTIFY l:S AT ONCE. YOl: NEI:D LEGAL COUNSEL. 2. IF YOU KNOW OF OTHER PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN SUBPOENAED ALSO Cor,TACT U~ AT ONCE. >: ~ladi~oo Slnt't nll(,~o. o , 47 o to intimidate the press that spoke for the popular liberative movements of recent decades. In the past twenty years, the consolidation of domestic and international intelligence networks, the increasing feudal power of the multinational corporations, and the predominance of recording tape, the computer, and the silicon chip have brought a new sophistication to the control of the written word.
In monitoring and controlling underground writing, each police agency used its own strategy. 57 YOU'RE IN THE ARMY NOW Armed Forces intelligence operated openly when dealing with outspoken military personnel, presuming the right to control those already subject to military authority. Through out the early 1960s, military intelligence agents maintained a public profile, even when dealing with nonmilitary groups. But in 1967, when the Armed Forces intelligence program was augmented to hunt for threats of civil disorder9 , agents did surreptitious spying on both military personnel and on civilians.