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Building Liberty | COINTELPRO

More Resources on the FBI's COINTELPRO Operations

Introduction to COINTELPRO by Noam Chomsky - Public Eye Magazine

Overview of COINTELPRO by Mark Ryter - Public Eye Magazine



Richard Nixon and J. Edgar Hoover
playing with dynamite

Browse Documents from FBI COINTELPRO Operations (sorted by state and city)

More COINTELPRO Document Collections

More Documents Revealing Continued Political Spying


Background Articles on COINTELPRO

Selected Bibliography on Intelligence Abuse with links to purchase at Powell's Bookstore online


Read War at Home
by Brian Glick,
South End Press
[authorized online version]


COINTELPRO 101 is a 56-minute educational video that will open the door to understanding this history. This documentary will introduce viewers new to this history to the basics and direct them to other resources where they can learn more. The intended audiences are the generations that did not experience the social justice movements of the sixties and seventies.



A Video from the
Freedom Archives:


The FBI and the Media During COINTELPRO by Chip Berlet

More on Political Repression

For recent reports, visit

Security for Activists
Common Sense Advice

The Hunt for Red Menace by Chip Berlet


Section Guide

David Kaplan of California's Center for Investigative Reporting called COINTELPRO "the largest known program yet in domestic suverillance."

Kaplan observed that "between 1965 and 1975, the FBI opened more than 500,000 intelligence files on more than one million Americans, according to a Congressional report."

"Among the Bureau's targets: Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement, anti-Vietnam War Groups, and the underground press."



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