FBI and CIA Interference in Civil Rights Movement Is Revealed (Great Events from History II: Human Rights Series)
Article abstract: Overstepping their traditional boundaries of investigation, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) attempted to disrupt and discredit various civil rights and peace movements in the 1960’s.
Summary of Event
For many years, the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) enjoyed a sterling reputation under the leadership of its longtime director, J. Edgar Hoover. In the later years of Hoover’s administration, however, questions about overzealousness and abuse began to arise. Similar questions were raised about the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) which always had been more controversial. Most of the CIA controversy focused on its foreign operations, for it was forbidden a domestic intelligence role. In the early 1970’s, however, evidence emerged of illegal or improper domestic activity by both agencies, a significant part of that activity targeted against civil rights and anti-Vietnam War groups and individuals.
In 1971, a group calling itself the Commission to Investigate the FBI revealed a number of FBI documents which suggested that the agency had conducted intrusive, if not illegal, campaigns against a number of antiwar and leftist organizations. In October of the same year, the Committee for Public Justice and the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University sponsored a conference, “Investigating the FBI,” which...
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