READING LIST ON INTELLIGENCE
by Chip Berlet & Linda Lotz Revised (1/14/91)
Distributed by: Movement Support Network / Center for Constitutional Rights / National Lawyers Guild Civil Liberties Committee
This is the reading list circulated by Phil Agee at his Speakout lectures. For information about the refusal of the U.S. government to enter the country to lecture, see "Agee" topic in this conference.
For the reading list, see the following Reply files:
- CIA--SPECIFIC COUNTRIES AND REGIONS
- CIA--ALLIANCES WITH DICTATORS, FASCISTS AND NAZIS
- CIA--AT HOME
- CIA--MEMOIRS OF FORMER DIRECTORS & EMPLOYEES
- INTELLIGENCE NETWORKS & POLICY MAKERS
- THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION & COINTELPRO
- OTHER ASPECTS OF POLITICAL REPRESSION
- MAGAZINES, NEWSLETTERS & PERIODICALS
- WHAT TO DO - FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT
- WHAT TO DO - EDUCATION & ORGANIZING GUIDES
- WHAT TO DO - LITIGATION
- ODDS & ENDS
- "At War With Peace: U.S. Covert Operations" Kit Gage/NCARL, First Amendment Foundation, 1990. An indispensible pamphlet chronicling the history of CIA covert actions, its human costs, laws regulating it, and restrictions to information about it. $2.50 NCARL, 1313 West 8th Street, Suite 313, Los Angeles, CA 90017. 213-484-6661.
- "The Agency: The Rise and Decline of the CIA". John Ranelagh, 1987, Touchstone/Simon & Schuster. A revised edition of the most widely-accepted comprehensive history of the CIA, now current through Iran-Contragate and the appointment of William Webster as Director.
- "Under Cover: Thirty-Five Years of CIA Deception". Darrell Garwood, 1985, Grove Press. Fully documented history of covert operations by a former UPI Pentagon correspondent. Includes an extensive chronology.
- "The CIA, A Forgotten History: U.S. Global Interventions Since World War 2" William Blum, 1987, Zed Press. A thorough review of the record of CIA invlovement when the cold war turns hot.
- "Secret Warriors: Inside the Covert Military Operations of the Reagan Era." Steven Emerson, 1986, Putnam & Sons. The best comprehensive account of covert ops. during the Reagan Years.
- "Presidents' Secret Wars: CIA and Pentagon Covert Operations Since World War II." John Prados, Morrow, 1986. Good overview with linkage to problem of foreign policy and secrecy.
- "The Man Who Kept Secrets--Richard Helms and the CIA". Thomas Powers, 1979, Knopf. A portrait of the CIA Director who launched nefarious and deadly CIA activities in Chile, Iran and Vietnam.
- "The Secret Team: The CIA and its Allies in Control of the World" Fletcher Prouty, 1974. Early critical research on the CIA, but is marred by a somewhat over-reaching analysis.
CIA--SPECIFIC COUNTRIES AND REGIONS
- "Dirty Work I--The CIA in Western Europe." Philip Agee and Louis Wolf, 1978, Lyle Stuart. A compilation of articles including the classic "How to Spot a Spook" and a list of 700 alleged agents.
- "Dirty Work II--The CIA in Africa." Philip Agee and Louis Wolf, 1979, Lyle Stuart. (Available from Covert Action Information Bulletin, Box 50272, Washington, DC 20004). Articles focusing on Africa.
- "Weakness and Deceit: U.S. Policy and El Salvador." Raymond Bonner, 1984, New York Times Books.
- "With the Contras: A reporter in the fields of Nicaragua." Christopher Dickey, 1985, Simon and Schuster.
- "The CIA's Nicaraguan Manual: Psychological Operations in Guerrilla Warfare." CIA, 1985, Vintage. A collection of essays written by the CIA and others.
- "Washington's War on Nicaragua." Holly Sklar, 1988, South End Press. The only full review of U.S. foreign policy toward Nicaragua. Makes connections between rightist political ideology and support for covert operations as standard U.S. foreign policy tool.
- "Nicaragua: The Price of Intervention." Peter Kornbluh, 1987, Institute for Policy Studies. Some sections are useful for reference to counter-insurgency.
- "The Freedom Fighter's Manual." CIA, 1985, Grove Press. A copy, with translation, of the CIA's manual that targets D'Escoto and others in Nicaragua for disruption and assassination.
- "Ropes of Sand: America's Failure in the Middle East." Wilbur Crane Eveland, 1980, W.W. Norton. The CIA attempted to censor this in-depth examination of the U.S. activities in the Middle East.
- "The Foreign Policy of Intervention: The CIA in Guatemala." R.H. Immerman, 1983, University of Texas Press. From the 1954 overthrow of President Arbenz to the later role of the U.S. in Guatemala, our government has played a key role in that country.
- "Bitter Fruit--The Untold Story of the American Coup in Guatemala." Stephen Kinzer and Stephen Schleisinger, 1982, Doubleday.
- "Perilous Missions: Civil Air Transport and CIA Covert Operations in Asia." William M. Leary, 1984, University of Alabama.
- "Grenada--The Struggle Against Destabilization." Chris Searle, 1983, W.W. Norton. The coordinated efforts of the CIA and economic and diplomatic agencies to resist changes in Grenada.
- "Decent Interval." Frank Snepp, 1977, Vintage Books. A former CIA officer describes the Agency's failure to prepare for the evacuation of Saigon in 1975.
- "In Search of Enemies." John Stockwell, 1978, W.W. Norton. The former head of the CIA's Angolan Task Force criticizes the Agency's role in the country.
CIA--ALLIANCES WITH DICTATORS, FASCISTS AND NAZIS
- "Blowback: The First Full Account of America's Recruitment of Nazis, and its Disastrous Effect on Our Domestic and Foreign Policy." Christopher Simpson, 1988, Weidenfeld & Nicolson. The title says it all.
- "Old Nazis, the New Right, and the Reagan Administration: The Role of Domestic Fascist Networks in the Republican Party and their Effect on U.S. Cold War Politics." Russ Bellant, 1988, Political Research Associates. What the Blowback crowd did with their spare time after the OSS/CIA recruited them to the U.S. $6.50 from Political Research Associates, Suite 205, 678 Mass. Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139.
- "Inside the League: The Shocking Expose of How Terrorists, Nazis, and Latin American Death Squads Have Infiltrated the World Anti-Communist League." Scott Anderson and Jon Lee Anderson, 1986, Dodd, Mead. Traces role of anti-Semites and neo-Nazis sheltered by CIA in private covert action and propaganda wars around the world and how they network through WACL.
- "The Belarus Secret: The Nazi Connection in America." John Loftus, 1982, Paragon House. The first full account of the clandestine operation to bring Nazi collaborators to the U.S. to help wage guerrilla warfare against eastern bloc nations.
- "The Paperclip Conspiracy: The Hunt for the Nazi Scientists" How the U.S. covered up the thousands of corpses at Nazi slave labor rocket facilities so we would beat them Russkies in launching the first intercontinental ballistic missile.
- "Missing: The Execution of Charles Horman." Thomas Hauser, 1978, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (Touchstone / Simon & Schuster Edition, 1988). American officals turn their back when the Chilean Junta murders a young American.
- "The Great Heroin Coup: Drugs, Intelligence and International Fascism." Henrik Kruger, 1980, South End Press. Drug dealing and other activities in Southeast Asia.
- "Cry of the People--The Struggle for Human Rights in Latin America." Penny Lernoux, 1982, Doubleday. The Catholic Church in conflict with U.S. policy.
- "Hidden Terrors." A.J. Langguth, 1978, Pantheon Books. How the CIA, the Pentagon, and U.S. police advisors encouraged military takeovers in Latin America.
- "The Real Terror Network: Terrorism in Fact and Propaganda". Edward S. Herman, 1982, South End Press. How the CIA's advisors are actually contributing to terrorism, through training, supplying arms, etc. to foreign governments and rebel groups.
- "The Pentagon-CIA Archipelago: The Washington Connection and Third World Fascism". Noam Chomsky and Ed Herman, 1978, South End Press. U.S. counter-revolutionary violence and subversion in the Third World.
- "The Death Merchant". Joseph C. Goulden, 1984, Bantam. The story of Edwin Wilson , who used his CIA connections to operate an international arms firm and supplied Quaddafi with tons of explosives and with hit men for political assassinations.
- "Labyrinth" Taylor Branch and Eugene M. Propper, 1983, Penguin. The story of the search for the assassins of Orlando Letelier.
- "Secret Agenda, Watergate, Deep Throat and the CIA." Jim Hougan, 1984, Random House. One of many books exploring the CIA's role in Watergate.
- "Search for the Manchurian Candidate." John P. Marks, 1979, Quadrangle Press. The history of the CIA's drug and behavior control programs.
- "Acid Dreams: The CIA, LSD and the Sixties Rebellion." Martin Lee and Bruce Shlain, 1985, Grove Press. The CIA thought LSD would revolutionize the spy trade...nobody's perfect.
- "The Mind Manipulators." Alan W. Scheflin and Edward M. Opton, Jr., 1978, Paddington Press, distributed by Grosset & Dunlap. Reviews behavior modification experiments by the CIA and the Army.
CIA--MEMOIRS OF FORMER DIRECTORS & EMPLOYEES
- "Inside the Company." Philip Agee, 1978, Penguin Books. A diary spanning twelve years of Agee's CIA work with a special focus on Central and South America and Mexico.
- "On the Run." Philip Agee, 1987, Lyle Stuart. The CIA takes a dim view of Agee's philosophical turnabout and chases him around the world with an alarming lack of humor.
- "Deadly Deceits: My 25 Years in the CIA." Ralph Mcgehee, 1983, Sheridan Square. ($9.95 + 1.50 S/H c/o IMA 145 W. 4th St., N.Y., N.Y. 10012) Author's growing disillusionment with role of CIA as covert action arm of the presidency.
- "The CIA under Reagan, Bush and Casey: The Evolution of the Agency from Roosevelt to Reagan." Ray S. Cline, 1981, Acropolis Books. Expanded version of the former Director's memoirs.
- "Honorable Men: My Life in the CIA." William Colby and Peter Forbath, 1978, Simon and Schuster. From the former CIA Director during the Congressional investigations of the Agency.
- "Will: The Autobiography of G. Gordon Liddy." 1981, St. Martins Press. Gives insights into the man who had no qualms about torture or murder to `protect' the U.S. national security.
- "The Night Watch: My 25 Years of Peculiar Service." David Atlee Phillips, 1977, Athenum. A peculiar yet fascinating un-apologetic reminiscence.
- "Portrait of a Cold Warrior." Joseph Burkholder Smith, 1976, G.P. Putnam and Sons. An insightful look from the view of the agent on the street--in the Philippines, Indonesia and elsewhere.
INTELLIGENCE NETWORKS & POLICY MAKERS
- "The Terrorism Industry: The Experts and Institutions That Shape View of Terror." Edward Herman & Gerry O'Sullivan, 1990, Pantheon. A thorough discussion of how the concept and reality of terrorism has been packaged and manipulated for to promote authoritarian and rightist political ideology.
- "The Crimes of Patriots: A True Tale of Dope, Dirty Money, and the CIA." Jonathan Kwitny, 1987, W. W. Norton. Wall Street Journal reporter Kwitny unravels the mystery of the Nugan Hand Bank scandal.
- "The Puzzle Palace--A Report on America's Most Secret Agency." James Bamford, 1982, Houghton Mifflin. Details history, bureaucracy and scope of activities of the National Security Agency.
- "The Lawless State: The Crimes of the U.S. Intelligence Agencies." Morton Halperin et al, 1978, Penguin Books. (Available from the American Civil Liberties Union/Center for National Security Studies, 122 Maryland Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20002.) Overview of efforts to spy and disrupt by the CIA, FBI, NSA, IRS and grand juries.
- "A World of Secrets--the Uses and Limits of Intelligence." Walter Laquer, 1985, The 20th Century Fund. How foreign intelligence is used and misused; and what can be done as seen by mainstream critics.
- "Secret Contenders: The Myth of Cold War Counterintelligence." Melvin Beck, 1984, Sheriden Square Press. A devastating critique that details the waste and lunacy of some CIA clandestine operations and concludes that U.S. citizens are ultimately the real target of CIA propaganda campaigns.
- "Covert Action: The Limits of Intervention in the Postwar World" Gregory F. Treverton, Basic Books. A critical re-assessment of covert operations as a tool of U.S. foreign policy.
- "Intelligence Requirements for the 1990's: Collection, Analysis, Counterintelligence, and Covert Action." Roy Godson, ed., Lexington Books/D.C. Heath. Edited by one of the more horrific geeks of the intelligence empire, this collection of essays provides a blueprint for creating the U.S. police state. A shopping list for the guardians of post-Constitutional America. Sequal to the popular Intelligence Requirements for the 1980's series of books.
- "The CIA and the Cult of Intelligence." Victor Marchetti and John Marks, 1980, Dell Books. Classic overview of the CIA and intelligence operations; updated to include deletions by the CIA.
- "The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia." Alfred W. McCoy, with Cathleen B. Read and Leonard P. Adams II, 1972, Harper--Colophon Books. How the CIA and Air America served as the conduit for the Golden Triangle opium trade in an effort to build an anti-communist army.
- "Gifts of Deceit: Sun Myung Moon, Tongsun Park and the Korean Scandal." Robert Boettcher with Gordon L. Freedman, 1980, Holt, Rinehart & Wilson. Moon's links to the Korean CIA and other assorted dirty linen is hung out in this documented expose. Shows Moon as a power-hungry anti-democratic theocrat.
- "Rollback: Right-wing Power in U.S. Foreign Policy." Thomas Bodenheimer & Robert Gould, 1989, South End Press. A look at the confrontational rightist political agenda that fuels U.S. militarism.
- "Out of Control: The Story of the Reagan Administration's Secret War in Nicaragua, the Illegal Arms Pipeline, and the Contra Drug Connection." Leslie Cockburn, 1987, Atlantic Monthly Press. This account by a CBS News correspondent is currently the best-documented expose on Iran-Contragate.
- "The Culture of Terrorism." Noam Chomsky, 1978, South End Press. A brilliant polemic which argues that behind Iran-Contragate is a relentless drive for world power by the U.S. government.
- "The Iran Contra Connection: Secret Teams and Covert Operations in the Reagan Era." Jonathan Marshall, Peter Dale Scott and Jane Hunter, 1987, South End Press. Hunter's section on the Israeli intelligence connection is compelling, but some of the other material drifts into conspiracy-minded conclusions not entirely supported with facts. Still, a good overview of Iran-Contragate covert action as not an isolated incident but a logical outcome of institutionalized U.S. covert action policy.
- "The Soft War: The Uses and Abuses of U.S. Economic Aid in Central America." Tom Barry and Deb Preusch, 1988, Grove Press. These researchers from the Albuquerque-based Resource Center have compiled a well-documented critique of the uses of so-called humanitarian aid in Central America.
- "Packaging the Contras: A Case of CIA Disinformation." Edgar Chamorro, 1987, Institute for Media Analysis. ($5.00 +1.00 S/H to 145 W. 4th St., N.Y., N.Y. 10012) A former Contra leader reveals how the CIA created the image of the Contras as the "democratic alternative."
THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION & COINTELPRO
- "War at Home: Covert Action Against U.S. Activists and What We Can Do About It." Brian Glick, 1989, South End Press. Must reading for all serious political activists. Provides a comprehesive and common sense approach for those who must engage in political activity while facing governmental and right-wing attacks. Includes a cogent analysis of the relationship between U.S. political economy and domestic covert action.
- "Agents of Repression: The FBI's Secret Wars Against the Black Panther Party and the American Indian Movement." Ward Churchill & Jim Vander Wall, 1988, South End Press. A chilling account of the murderous tactics used aginst non-white political activists. 500 pages and an extensive index and footnotes.
- "COINTELPRO Papers: Documents from the FBI's Secret Wars Against Dissent in the United States." Ward Churchill & Jim Vander Wall, 1989, South End Press. Actual FBI documents and commentary make a strong case for convincing skeptics. Replaces the "Counter-intelligence" book previously issued by the NLG.
- "The FBI v. The First Amendment" Richard Criley, 1990, First Amendment Foundation. The story of how the FBI attempted to "neutralize" the National Committee Against Repressive Legislation (NCARL) which was founded in 1960 as the National Committee to Abolish the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC/HCUA). 100 pages, $7.50. Available from: First Amendment Foundation, 1313 W. 8th St., Suite 313, Los Angeles, CA 90017.
- "The Liberals and J. Edgar Hoover." William W. Keller, 1989, Princeton University Press. How liberal congresspersons squirm and look away when they are supposed to oversee agencies of police power and thus allow their more reactionary collegues to craft agencies such as the FBI into tools of repression.
- "COINTELPRO: The FBI's Secret War on Political Freedom." Nelson Blackstock, 1976, Vintage Books. The FBI's campaign to infiltrate and disrupt the Socialist Workers Party; good overview of the other Bureau investigations of additional left organizations.
- "The Age of Surveillance: The Aims & Methods of America's Political Intelligence System." Frank Donner, 1980, Alfred Knopf. The classic tome documenting surveillance and harassment in the United States from World War I to 1980.
- "The FBI and Martin Luther King, Jr." David J. Garrow, 1981, Norton. Documents the extensive investigation undertaken by the Bureau to find ways to discredit and disrupt his quest for freedom.
- "The File." Penn Kimball, 1985, Avon. How an innocent man became the subject of an FBI investigation.
- "Hoover and the Un-Americans: The FBI, HUAC, and the Red Menace." Kenneth O'Reilly, 1983, Temple University Press. Documents the role of the FBI in engineering the rise of McCarthyism.
- "Racial Matters": "The FBI's Secret File on Black America, 1960--1972." Kenneth O'Reilly, 1988, Free Press. How the FBI attacked the civil rights movement while posing as its defender against violent attacks. Useful to expose the film "Mississippi Burning" as a dangerous lie.
- "The Killing of Karen Silkwood." Richard Rashke, 1981, Houghton Mifflin. The FBI's role in the life, and investigation after the death of the Oklahoma atomic worker.
- "Beyond the Hiss Case: The FBI, Congress and the Cold War." Athan Theoharis, 1982, Temple University Press.
- "FBI." Sanford Unger, 1976, Little Brown and Co. An in-depth study, with background on many officials; glossary of acronyms for COINTELPRO investigations.
- "In the Spirit of Crazy Horse" Peter Matthiessen, 1983, Viking Press. The story of how the FBI targeted the American Indian Movement.
- "Voices from Wounded Knee." Told by the participants and residents of Wounded Knee. 1976, Akwesasne Notes (a Native American newspaper published from the Mohawk Nation, Rooseveltown, New York 13683). An account of the occupation at Wounded Knee, with some details on FBI presence on the Pine Ridge Reservation.
OTHER ASPECTS OF POLITICAL REPRESSION
- "It Did Happen Here: Recollections of Political Repression in America." Bud Schultz and Ruth Schultz, 1989, University of California Press. With their own words, victims of political repression in the U.S. discuss their lives and their battles. A powerful indictment of the myth of equal justice under law in the U.S.
- "Liberty Under Siege: American Politics 1976-1988" Walter Karp, 1988, Henry Holt & Co. Reviewing this book, Bill Moyers quipped it was "like a cold shower on the morning after. Here, finally, is a reveille for reality, a call to stop this long intoxication with illusion and look at what has been happening to our republic."
- "Universities in the Business of Repression: The Academic-Military-Industrial Complex and Central America." Jonathan Feldman, 1989, South End Press. How campus-based research programs are influenced by a militarist mentality.
- "Under Cover: Police Surveillance in America" Gary T. Marx, 1988, Twentieth Century Fund/University of California Press. The most thoughtful critical analysis of undercover police techniques currently available.
- "Murder Under Two Flags:The U.S., Puerto Rico, and the Cerro Maravilla Cover-up." Anne Nelson, 1986, Ticknor & Fields. How Puerto Rican police officials murdered young "Independenistas" as part of an illegal intelligence operation and then enlisted U.S. government agencies in the cover-up.
- "Domestic Intelligence: Monitoring Dissent in America." Richard E. Morgan, 1980, University of Texas. Considers the tension between privacy and the need for government to protect the community, from the perspective of the government."My Discovery of America." Farley Mowat, 1985, Atlantic Monthly Press. A Canadian naturalist writer details how he was denied entry to the U.S. under the 1950 McCarren-Walters Immigration Act and how the American people came to his support.
- "The Great Fear." David Caute, 1978, Simon and Schuster. Anti-communist purge under Truman and Eisenhower.
- "Political Repression in Modern America, 1870 to Present.", 2nd edition. Robert J. Goldstein, 1978, Schenkman Books, Inc. Government, corporate and other pressures brought to bear on political groups through the years.
- "Political Hysteria in America--the Democratic Capacity for Repression." Murray B. Levin, 1971, Basic Books. Underlying forces that create repressive periods such as the Red Scare of the 1920's and the McCarthy era.
- "Spooks: The Haunting of America--the Private Use of Secret Agents." Jim Hougan, 197, William Morrow and Co. How private agents, often former FBI or CIA employees, now provide security services for multinational corporations.
- "The Private Sector: Rent-a-cops, Private Spies and the Police Industrial Complex. "George O'Toole, 1978, W.W. Norton. Very hard to find but worth it.
MAGAZINES, NEWSLETTERS & PERIODICALS
- "Covert Action Information Bulletin." Following in the footsteps of the original 1970's Counterspy Magazine, this periodical chronicles CIA activities around the world. Also looks at surveillance and disinformation campaigns in the U.S. Write: PO Box 50272, Washington DC 20004.
- "The National Reporter" (Formerly called "Counterspy)". Another spin-off from the original Counterspy, it ceased publication in late 1988.
- "First Principles: National Security and Civil Liberties." Newsletter that focuses on intelligence operations that undermine fundamental political rights. Special emphasis on the problems of reform. Write: Center for National Security Studies, 122 Maryland Ave. NE, Washington DC 20002.
- "Lies of Our Times: A Journal to Correct the Record" Devoted to the analysis of misinformation, disinformation and propaganda. Institute for Media Analysis, Inc., Sheriden Square Press, Inc., 145 West 4th Street, New York, N.Y. 10012.
- "The Right to Know & the Freedom to Act" Newsletter of the National Committee Against Repressive Legislation. A First Amendment monitoring service. $15 annually. Write: NCARL, 1313 West 8th Street, Suite 313, Los Angeles, California 90017.
- "Movement Support Network News." This newsletter provides information about current harassment of the sanctuary and Central American movement supporters in the U.S. A recent chronology shows extensive harassment including: visits to activists, IRS audits, and activities at the U.S. border. $7.50 per year ($6.00 limited income). Write: Center for Constitutional Rights, 666 Broadway, New York, NY 10012.
- "Public Eye" Another spawn of the first "Counterspy." Not currently publishing. Last issue Spring 1989.
- "Our Right to Know" Defunct. Last issue Spring 1989.
- "Guild Notes". Newspaper that covers current surveillance and harassment litigation. Write: National Lawyers Guild, 55 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10013.
WHAT TO DO
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT
- "Are You Now or Have You Ever Been in the FBI Files?" Ann Mari Buitrago and Leon Andrew Immerman, 1981, Grove Press. Overview of the FOIA--how to use it, how the FBI will respond, and glossary of terms to help read documents when they arrive.
- "Using the FOIA--A Step by Step Guide." Center for National Security Studies. Detailed instructions, sample letters, and what to expect from a range of agencies. $2.00 from CNSS, 122 Maryland Ave. N.E., Washington DC 20002.
- "FOIA-Kit" Available from CCR (see above).
EDUCATION & ORGANIZING GUIDES
- "If An Agent Knocks: Federal Investigators and Your Rights." Center for Constitutional Rights. Explains why it is important to have an attorney with you when you talk to the FBI, regardless of how innocuous the agents' questions may be. English and Spanish editions available. $1 plus postage. Write: CCR, 666 Broadway, New York, NY 10012.
- "Radical Re-entry (And Departure): Coming through Customs." Center for Constitutional Rights. Because Customs agents are stopping political activists at the borders in search of information such as contacts in Nicaragua, this booklet is helpful for the political traveler. $1 plus postage. Write: CCR (see above).
- "Political Rights Information Series."
#1 Common Sense Security by Sheila O'Donnell. Simple list of safe practices.
#2 Bugs, Taps & Infiltrators: What to do about political spying. by Linda Lotz. How to face these problems seriously but without paranoia.
#3 Redbaiting & Political Smears by Chip Berlet & Rachel Rosen DeGolia. How smears are used to derail dissident movements, and some suggestions for countering them.
#4 Reading List on Intelligence Agencies and Political Repression by Linda Lotz & Chip Berlet. A lengthy annotated bibliography which Phil Agee distributes at his speaking engagements.
#5 The Hunt for Red Menace: The FBI and Right-Wing Spy Networks. by Chip Berlet. Ideological justifications used by government agencies for infiltrating and disrupting activist groups.
- "Red-Baiting Packet" Bill of Rights Foundation. A collection of material concerning McCarthy-style smear attacks, both old and new. Includes essays by long-time activists Anne Braden and Frank Wilkinson. $2 from BORF, Suite 1400, 220 S. State Street, Chicago, IL 60605.
- "Reports on The Secret Team" Publications and organizing guides on Iran-Contragate and intelligence abuse are available from the Christic Institute. The Christic Institute stresses the role of individual bad actors rather than systemic or institutional problems, and sometimes their allegations stretch beyond their ability to provide documentation, still they have been in the forefront of organizing grassroots opposition to U.S. covert action. Christic Institute, 1324 North Capitol Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20002-3337.
- "NameBASE (formerly SPYBASE)." A computerized database with search features comprising an index of date and page citations to appearances of the names of more than 20,000 individuals and organizations in hundreds of books and thousands of newspaper and magazine clippings, all dealing with the CIA, FBI and U.S. government repression in general. Available for MS-DOS and CP/M machines. Write for pricing for your computer. Available from Public Information Research, P.O. Box 5199, Arlington, VA 22205. 703-241-5437.
- "Computer Accessed Information Systems (BBS's)." Persons with a computer and modem can read and download information on covert action and repression from the following local computer Bulletin Board Systems: AMNET (617) 221-5815, (3,12,24bps-24hr-8N1); NYONLINE (718) 852-2662, (3,12,24bps-24hr-8N1); Beyond War, (718) 442-1056; NOWAR, (312) 939-4411 (3,12,24bps-24hr-8N1). For information on the international PEACENET, call (415) 923-0900 [voice], or write PEACENET, 3228 Sacramento St., San Francisco, CA 94115.
- "Litigation Under the Federal Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act." Editions updated regularly. Allan Adler, Ed. Important reference book for attorneys using the FOIA; covers many federal agencies. Write: Center for National Security Studies, 122 Maryland Ave. N.E., Washington DC 20002.
- "The Law of Electronic Surveillance." Major update 1984, supplemented annually. James C. Carr. Write: Clark Boardman, 435 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014.
- "Representation of Witnesses Before Federal Grand Juries." The Grand Jury Project. Major update 1984, supplemented annually. Write: Clark Boardman (see above).
- "Police Misconduct Law and Litigation Manual." Michael Avery and David Rudovsky, National Lawyers Guild Civil Liberties Committee, Updated annually. Also available is the bi-monthly litigation newsletter: Police Misconduct and Civil Rights Law Report. Write: Clark Boardman (see above).
- "Police Misconduct and Civil Rights Law Report." National Lawyers Guild Civil Liberties Committee, Bi-monthly litigation newsletter and companion to above manual. Write: Clark Boardman (see above).
- "Civil Rights Litigation and Attorneys Fees Annual Handbook." National Lawyers Guild Civil Liberties Committee. A more issue-oriented and broadly-targeted collection of essays. Issued annually. Write: Clark Boardman (see above).
ODDS & ENDSReport All Incidents to the Movement Support Network!
The Movement Support Network (MSN) is a project of the Center for Constitutional Rights with cooperation from the National Lawyers Guild. MSN was founded in 1984 to respond to increasing government surveillance and harassment of people involved in Central America solidarity work and people active in the sanctuary movement. Since then the network has expanded to serve as a monitoring mechanism to collect information about surveillance and harassment of persons involved in peace and social justice issues.
By collecting and disseminating information on specific incidents, MSN not only organizes opposition to such abuses, but also raises public awareness of important civil liberties issues, and helps activists place isolated incidents in a national context. For more information or to report an incident, contact MSN, 666 Broadway, New York, N.Y., 10012.
The MSN HOTLINE # is (212) 614-6422.
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This list was originally compiled by Linda Lotz with the assistance of the Midnight Special Bookstore, Santa Monica, CA, and Political Research Associates, Cambridge, MA. Chip Berlet continues to update and revise the listing. Some of these books are no longer in print, but were included because of their historical and reference value. They may be available at your local library or through an inter-library loan program.
Linda Lotz is the field secretary of the American Friends Service Committee's Pacific Southwest Regional Office. Ms. Lotz was formerly a staff organizer for the now-defunct Campaign for Political Rights, a Washington, D.C.-based coalition which organized against covert action abroad and political surveillance and repression at home. She continues to monitor political repression of dissidents and activists.
Chip Berlet is a paralegal investigator and journalist who has written extensively about government intelligence abuse for publications ranging from the "Chicago Sun-Times" to "Covert Action Information Bulletin". He is secretary of the National Lawyers Guild Civil Liberties Committee, and works on the staff of the Cambridge-based Political Research Associates where he monitors authoritarianism. He is currently co-writing a book, with PRA director Dr. Jean Hardisty, about the growing strength of the political right wing in the United States.