Readers anxious about civil liberties under George W. Bush will find fodder for fears--and suggestions for activism--in "The COINTELPRO Papers." Ward Churchill and Jim Vander Wall's expose of America's political police force, the FBI, reveals the steel fist undergirding "compassionate conservatism's" velvet glove. Using original FBI memos, the authors provide extensive analysis of the agency's treatment of the left, from the Communist Party in the 1950s to the Central America solidarity movement in the 1980s. The authors' new introduction posits likely trajectories for domestic repression.
Ward Churchill is author of "From a Native Son." Jim Vander Wall is co-author of "Agents of Repression: The FBI's Secret Wars Against the Black Panther Party and the American Indian Movement," with Ward Churchill.