Re: Sixties scholarship and the internet (multiple responses)
Sun, 1 Feb 1998 10:09:52 -0500

From: John Andrew <

For those who want to work in FBI files, there is also a great resource
available on the internet - It's called "Secret No More" - and is an
alphabetical listing, with case numbers, of released FBI files - along with
a guide indicating how to get them- the URL is - take a look and perhaps
you'll find some useful references -
John Andrew

John Andrew email: J_ANDREW@ACAD.FANDM.EDU
Department of History fax 717-399-4413
Franklin and Marshall College
Lancaster, PA. 17604-3003

"Fantasy Will Set You Free" - Steppenwolf

From: "Jeff A. Hale" <>

Picking up on the COINTELPRO thread, the most comprehensive source for
_post_- 1976 (i.e. Church Committee) information on continuing FBI
illegalities (spying on Americans, etc.) is Ward Churchill's _The
COINTELPRO Papers_ (also South End Press). All recent books by Athan
Theoharis are also outstanding.

But locating anything resembling a comprehensive list of former radicals in
any given sixties organization, black, white, or Hispanic, will be very
difficult (SDS may be an exception -- many chapters and occasionally some
record keeping practices). "Official" materials from the archives of the
organizations themselves are rarely still in existence (one rare exception
of fairly good records [including chapter membership lists] for a
counterculture/radical group is the "John and leni Sinclair Papers" [White
Panther Party] at the Bentley Historical Library on the U-Michigan North

Warning: relying on any "government" sources for these membership lists
would be according them some level of credibility which they do not
deserve. The historical record is ample that nearly every "suspects"
and/or "radicals" list ever made in the annals of U.S. anti-subversive
police action (urban "Red Squads," FBI, Congressional committees, etc.)
were highly innaccurate (usually overblown beyond belief -- the "vacuum
cleaner" approach to identifying subversive "targets").

Jeff Hale
The College of Santa Fe

At 01:45 AM 1/28/98 -0500, you wrote:
>From: doug norberg <>
>Subject: Re: Sixties scholarship and the internet
>Greetings, Sandra,
>Although there are many books that have detailed the activities of the
>FBI and CIA during the formally constituted COINTELPRO years, most
>have not detailed the ongoing activities after the Church Commission
>report, so many people think those activities are all in the past. A
>good book for those who are concerned about the history and the
>ongoing threat these governmental forces pose, is Brian Glick's "War
>at Home: Covert Action against U.S. activists and What we Can do About
>it" available from South End Press for the ridiculous price of $5.00.
>I would recommend it not only to ex-60s and -70s activists, but also
>to those like your students who are thinking more about their
>tomorrows than about our pasts.
>Doug Norberg
>From: (Hal Muskat)
>Subject: African Americans & Govt Programs
>To those with interest in the subject of information collection, access to
>lists, privacy/First Amendment issuues & the govts ability to collect and
>manipulate information, you should see:
>"Secrets, The CIA's War At Home" by ANGUS MACKENZIE
>University of California Press.
>Angus, an award winning nitty gritty investigative take no shit journalist
>spent his adult life exposing government secrets and lies. This book is a
>phenomenal legacy.
>From: jo grant <>
>Subject: Re: Sixties scholarship and the internet
>> Certainly this
>>latter image prevailed among people I knew years ago and even the very
>>thought of surveillance of private citizens is still greeted with
>>skepticism by more than a few of my current acquaintances.
>>Sandra in Maconga
>Touchy subject. Names,lists, etc. Particularly of activists.
>My experience is that the government, local, state and federal, will go to
>great lengths and any cost to infiltrate and monitor individuals and groups
>who question their authority and their actions.
>Years after the "Prisoners Digest International" was infiltrated by
>ex-prisoner agents who were parolled from a state and a federal prison
>specifically to join our group which resulted directly with one person
>killed and many more arrested on trumpted up drug charges I began geting
>inquiries about our subscription list. People I did not know wanting to get
>the PDI going again. Friends of friends of subscribers long disappeared.
>I burned the list.
>j grant
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