Dear Democracy Now! Visitor: We are an independent, ad-free daily news program that serves millions of viewers and listeners each month. Our show is special because we make it our priority to go where the silence is. We put a spotlight on corporate and government abuses of power and lift up the stories of ordinary people working to make change in extraordinary times. We do all of this with just a fraction of the budget and staff of a commercial news show. We do it without ads, corporate sponsorship or government funding. How is this possible? Only with your support. If everyone who visited our website in the next week donated just $15, we would cover all of our operating costs for the year. We can't do it without you. Please donate today. It takes just a couple of minutes to do your part to make sure Democracy Now! is there for you and everybody else.

Your Donation: $
Thursday, June 6, 2002 FULL SHOW | HEADLINES | PREVIOUS: Attorney General John Ashcroft Requires Tens of...
2002-06-06

"Me and My Shadow": A History of the FBI’s Covert Operations and COINTELPRO

download:   Video Get CD/DVD More Formats
This is viewer supported news

Today on Democracy Now! we are going to return to the era of the FBI’s domestic so-called 'counter-intelligence' program, or COINTELPRO.

In early 1971, COINTELPRO came to light when a "Citizens Committee to Investigate the FBI" removed secret files from an FBI office and released them to the press. Agents began to resign from the Bureau and blow the whistle on covert operations that went far beyond intelligence gathering. That same year, publication of the Pentagon Papers, the Pentagon’s top-secret history of the Vietnam War, exposed years of systematic official lies about the war. The public exposure of COINTELPRO and other government abuses resulted in a flurry of apparent reform in the 1970s, but domestic covert action did not end.

We turn now to the last section of a radio documentary called "Me and My Shadow: Infiltration Of The Left By The US Government," which we began playing on yesterday’s program. The documentary was produced for Pacifica radio in 1976, just as the outline of the government’s secret war against the left was beginning to emerge. In the documentary, you’ll hear the voices of agent provocateurs–people the FBI hired to engage in violent acts, and to provoke others to do the same.

Tape:

  • "Me and My Shadow," produced by Adi Gevins and narrated by Don Sorta.

Creative Commons License The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.

This is viewer supported news