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COINTELPRO letter from J. Edgar Hoover to Special Agent in Charge, Albany
5 July 1968

FBI 01, p.1

1 - Mr. DeLoach
1 - Mr. Felt
1 - Mr. Bishop
1 - Mr. W.C. Sullivan
1 - Mr. C.D. Brennan
1 - [deleted]
1 - [deleted]

SAC, Albany 7/5/68

Director, FBI (100-449698)

COUNTERINTELLIGENCE PROGRAM
INTERNAL SECURITY
DISRUPTION OF THE NEW LEFT
(COINTELPRO - NEW LEFT)

Bulet 5/10/68 requested suggestions for counterintelligence action against the New Left. The replies to the Bureau's request have been analyzed and it is felt that the following suggestions for counterintelligence action can be utilized by all offices:

1. Preparation of a leaflet designed to counteract the impression that Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and other minority groups speak for the majority of students at universities. The leaflet should contain photographs of New Left leadership at the respective university. Naturally, the most obnoxious pictures should be used.

2. The instigating of or the taking advantage of personal conflicts or animosities existing between New Left leaders.

3. The creating of impressions that certain New Left leaders are informants for the Bureau or other law enforcement agencies.

4. The use of articles from student newspapers and/or the "underground press" to show the depravity of New Left leaders and members. In this connection, articles showing advocation of the use of narcotics and free sex are ideal to send to university officials, wealthy donors, members of the legislature and parents of students who are active in New Left matters.

5. Since the use of marijuana and other narcotics is widespread among members of the New Left, you should be alert to opportunities to have them arrested by local authorities on drug charges. Any information concerning the

2 - All Field Offices

SEE NOTE PAGE THREE

FBI 01, p.2

Letter to SAC, Albany
RE: COUNTERINTELLIGENCE PROGRAM
100-449698

fact that individuals have marijuana or are engaging in a narcotics party should be immediately furnished to local authorities and they should be encouraged to take action.

6. The drawing up of anonymous letters regarding individuals active in the New Left. These letters should set out their activities and should be sent to their parents, neighbors and the parents' employers. This could have the effect of forcing the parents to take action.

7. Anonymous letters or leaflets describing faculty members and graduate assistants in the various institutions of higher learning who are active in New Left matters. The activities and associations of the individual should be set out. Anonymous mailings should be made to university officials, members of the state legislature, Board of Regents, and to the press. Such letters could be signed "A Concerned Alumni" or "A Concerned Taxpayer."

8. Whenever New Left groups engage in disruptive activities on college campuses, cooperative press contacts should be encouraged to emphasize that the disruptive elements constitute a minority of the students and do not represent the conviction of the majority. The press should demand an immediate student referendum on the issue in question. Inasmuch as the overwhelming majority of students is not active in New Left matters, it is felt that this technique, used in carefully selected cases, could put an end to lengthy demonstrations and could cause embarrassment to New Left elements.

9. There is a definite hostility among SDS and other New Left groups toward the Socialist Workers Party (SWP), the Young Socialist Alliance (YSA), and the Progressive Labor Party (PLP). This hostility should be exploited wherever possible.

10. The field was previously advised that New Left groups are attempting to open coffeehouses near military bases in order to influence members of the Armed Forces. Wherever these coffeehouses are, friendly news media should be alerted to them and their purpose. In addition, various

FBI 01, p.3

Letter to SAC, Albany
RE: COUNTERINTELLIGENCE PROGRAM
100-449698

drugs, such as marijuana, will probably be utilized by individuals running the coffeehouses or frequenting them. Local law enforcement authorities should be promptly advised whenever you receive an indication that this is being done.

11. Consider the use of cartoons, photographs, and anonymous letters which will have the effect of ridiculing the New Left. Ridicule is one of the most potent weapons which we can use against it.

12. Be alert for opportunities to confuse and disrupt New Left activities by misinformation. For example, when events are planned, notification that the event has been cancelled or postponed could be sent to various individuals.

You are reminded that no counterintelligence action is to be taken without Bureau approval. Insure that this Program is assigned to an Agent with an excellent knowledge of both New Left groups and individuals. It must be approached with imagination and enthusiasm if it is to be successful.

As an economy measure the caption "COINTELPRO - NEW LEFT" should be used on all communications concerning this Program.

NOTE:
See memo C.D. Brennan to W.C. Sullivan dated 7/3/68, captioned as above, prepared by BAW: jes.

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  •  Back in the day (26+ / 0-)

    When we were involved in the anti-war movement, way back in the 60s, we didn't know what had hit us.

    This letter from Hoover to one of his agents is just a small sampling of the methods that may be employed against OWS. I don't think it will work. And it's not worth getting paranoid about. But it is something everyone should be aware of.

    The operation to discredit us is already in full gear.

    •  Nothing Resembling Today's Intelligence State (6+ / 0-)

      and intelligence economy existed then. Both the corporatists and the machine know what we're going to be thinking next week.

      Paranoid no but sober and prepared, yes.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Thu Oct 27, 2011 at 09:09:03 PM PDT

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      •  at least we had SOME privacy back then (0+ / 0-)

        today privacy is an archaic word. They can and do track every one and every thing. Computers changed it all in ways we haven't even tested yet.

        America could have chosen to be the worlds doctor, or grocer. We choose instead to be her policeman. pity

        by cacamp on Thu Oct 27, 2011 at 10:29:43 PM PDT

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      •  Be careful (5+ / 0-)
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        Both the corporatists and the machine know what we're going to be thinking next week.

        The insidious thing is that one of Hoover's directives might well have been:

        Foster the impression that we are so powerful we know what they are thinking next week.

        It becomes a black hole of paranoia.

        Reminds me of Rovian post-modernism, i.e., "we create reality."

  •  Right now the rwers are trying to find a label (8+ / 0-)

    that is icky and sticks. And so they are throwing all kinds of things - product of acorn, antisemetic, pot smokers, and they haven't figured out that blanket accusations don't do much other than confuse people.

    It has helped, I think, that there are leaders galore and so targeting one doesn't do the trick.

    Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society. - Mark Twain

    by glitterscale on Thu Oct 27, 2011 at 08:54:30 PM PDT

    •  Yes But You're Thinking Mostly of the Visible (3+ / 0-)

      leaders and pundits.

      What this is about is the behind the scenes activity. For those of us who've seen what they can do first hand, it's not trivial and it doesn't go away because they have a bad news day or week for their side.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Thu Oct 27, 2011 at 09:10:32 PM PDT

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    •  One way the OWS movement has an advantage... (4+ / 0-)
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      that the anti-war movement didn't have in its nascent stage back in 1968 is the fact that the media has already legitimized OWS to a great extent.

      Despite occasional, plaintiff cries of "What are their demands?" and "Who's their leader?" most of the talking heads in the -- not Fox -- traditional media have come out and agreed with the general rationale of the movement, i.e., vast wealth inequality, a broken political system, and the lack of CEO accountability for purposely crashing the economy.

      I think this is a hopeful time. I'm very optimistic. Despite a few setbacks, with a little bit of luck, perseverance, and more unintentional help from feckless, tone-deaf city officials, this movement will be successful. And, hopefully, we will accomplish this mission in less time than it took the anti-war protesters four decades ago.

      Solidarity forever

  •  I'm struck by the (5+ / 0-)

    "New Left" label: I've always known about it but it raises the question for me of what kind of "left" do we have now in 2011 if the "New" Left was the one from 1968?  

    Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

    by a gilas girl on Thu Oct 27, 2011 at 09:11:38 PM PDT

    •  we now have a "Deep Left" considering the (6+ / 0-)

      concern for deep(er) ecology, globalization, the security state and if you look above the "Mr. Felt" is "Deep Throat"

      I am off my metas! Präsidentenelf-maßschach; Warning-Some Snark Above"Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03)

      by annieli on Thu Oct 27, 2011 at 09:19:34 PM PDT

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      •  Yes, but also, in a sense, we are going back (4+ / 0-)
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        ...to the old left. Pro union, economic issues moving to the forefront again. Somewhere along the way, we forgot the the best civil rights policy, and the best social reform policy, and the best way to speed up the evolution to a tolerant, enlightened society, is to create economic security for everyone.

        •  the new left always included the unions and the (3+ / 0-)

          new left always included the old left - these were the underlying sectarian issues among various groups. It was always about social justice and the adjectives aren't very important.

          I am off my metas! Präsidentenelf-maßschach; Warning-Some Snark Above"Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03)

          by annieli on Thu Oct 27, 2011 at 10:04:07 PM PDT

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        •  "no left"? (4+ / 0-)

          at least not compared to what we had back then. Just look at all the left orgs mentioned in the memo. Plus they were all very active and organizing hard around the world. There were also a lot of minority left groups like the American Indian Movement that I helped lead. Today the "left" is pretty much dead and gone.

          America could have chosen to be the worlds doctor, or grocer. We choose instead to be her policeman. pity

          by cacamp on Thu Oct 27, 2011 at 10:24:13 PM PDT

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          •  maybe... (1+ / 0-)
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            the "unleft?"

            Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

            by a gilas girl on Thu Oct 27, 2011 at 11:49:46 PM PDT

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          •  Yes (1+ / 0-)
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            The left in the US has been almost wiped out, replaced with what you might call the neoleft of the corporatist Democrats. We are only now getting our voices back.

            •  it's true that many 60s DFHs got jobs or tenure (0+ / 0-)

              but not unlike the closing scene in 1900 when the flags emerge or in Terminator 2 when the underground arms cache is unearthed and John Connors says:

              One thing about my mom... she always plans ahead.
              The ‘New International’ is an untimely link, without status ... without coordination, without party, without country, without national community, without co-citizenship, without common belonging to a class. The name of New International is given here to what calls to the friendship of an alliance without institution among those who ... continue to be inspired by at least one of the spirits of Marx or of Marxism. It is a call for them to ally themselves, in a new, concrete and real way, even if this alliance no longer takes the form of a party or a workers’ international, in the critique of the state of international law, the concepts of State and nation, and so forth: in order to renew this critique, and especially to radicalise it Specters of Marx

              I am off my metas! Präsidentenelf-maßschach; Warning-Some Snark Above"Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03)

              by annieli on Fri Oct 28, 2011 at 08:55:08 AM PDT

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    •  I like to call it the "Conscientious Left"... (2+ / 0-)
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  •  Memories, Like the corners of my mind (3+ / 0-)
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    6. The drawing up of anonymous letters regarding individuals active in the New Left. These letters should set out their activities and should be sent to their parents, neighbors and the parents' employers. This could have the effect of forcing the parents to take action.

    7. Anonymous letters or leaflets describing faculty members and graduate assistants in the various institutions of higher learning who are active in New Left matters. The activities and associations of the individual should be set out. Anonymous mailings should be made to university officials, members of the state legislature, Board of Regents, and to the press. Such letters could be signed "A Concerned Alumni" or "A Concerned Taxpayer."

    I am off my metas! Präsidentenelf-maßschach; Warning-Some Snark Above"Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03)

    by annieli on Thu Oct 27, 2011 at 09:12:44 PM PDT

  •  Ya, don't think it will work now either, times (4+ / 0-)

    they are different.  They're already loosing the labeling approach.  I saw on CNN a profile of 100 OWS protesters nationwide and it clearly showed a wide variety of good citizens, however you cut it.  That's on the MSM now.  But it's not like methods and tactics haven't been studied, analyzed, and improved since Hoover's days as with anything else.  I think the globalists will try to steer it toward supposed solutions that won't actually do anything or worse, work toward their globalist goals.  
    Good food for thought here.  Thanks.

  •  they tried to get me killed back then (9+ / 0-)

    The FBI sent out memos to every local and tribal law enforcement in South Dakota saying that AIM was coming to their towns for a violent takeover. It didn't work that time but it very well could have since we did tend to travel enmass to various reservations organizing. It came out at my later trials after Wounded Knee that they had been trying to set us up for a couple of years using the tactics discribed in the diarists memo.

    America could have chosen to be the worlds doctor, or grocer. We choose instead to be her policeman. pity

    by cacamp on Thu Oct 27, 2011 at 09:58:44 PM PDT

    •  You were lucky. One of the tactics COINTELPRO (1+ / 0-)
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      used was to simply have a couple of officers break into a person's house and put a bullet in their chest and then two bullets in their head.  Fortunately OWS has no real leader otherwise the same thing would have probably happened already.

      There is no saving throw against stupid.

      by Throw The Bums Out on Fri Oct 28, 2011 at 09:24:16 AM PDT

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  •  This Document Shows the Birth (5+ / 0-)

    of the Concern Troll. Particularly poignant is the phrase 'A Concerned Alumni', whose obvious grammatical inadequacy should have tipped off readers that the writer was probably not an actual college grad.

  •  Arlo (2+ / 0-)
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    And friends, somewhere in Washington, enshrined in some little folder, is a study in black and white of my fingerprints.

    "Remember Bob. No fear, no envy, no meanness" Liam Clancy to Bob Dylan

    by BOHICA on Fri Oct 28, 2011 at 08:36:22 AM PDT

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