By James K. Davis
The New Left was once based in 1962, and as a social and political protest circulation, it captured the eye of the state within the Sixties. by way of 1968, the hot Left was once marching in unison with hundreds and hundreds of political motion teams to accomplish one goal—the finish of the battle in Vietnam. lower than J. Edgar Hoover's course, the FBI went from an intelligence assortment service provider in the course of WWII, to a firm that attempted to undermine protest events just like the New Left. Hoover considered the hot Left as a danger to the yank lifestyle, so in a huge attempt of questionable legality, the FBI applied a few 285 counter-intelligence (COINTELPRO) activities opposed to the hot Left. the aim of COINTELPRO used to be to infiltrate, disrupt, and in a different way neutralize the full flow. honestly, the FBI meant to salary struggle at the antiwar movement.
In this real-life secret agent story—J. Edgar Hoover and his G-Men, wiretaps, burglaries, incorrect information campaigns, informants, and plants—Davis deals a glimpse into the eternally interesting international of the Sixties. Kent country, Columbia college, Vietnam Moratorium Day, the 1968 Democratic nationwide conference, the Cambodian invasion and March opposed to demise are all tested during this riveting account of the longest early life protest stream in American heritage. this is often the single ebook committed solely to the hot Left COINTELPRO, and the 1st one written after the declassification of greater than 6,000 counterintelligence files that display the real nature and quantity of the FBI's Assault at the Left.
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S. S. servicemen had been killed while acting as advisors to the South Vietnamese Army. In April of 1964, over two hundred members of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom met in Washington to discuss Vietnam. The organization issued a press release which called for an immediate withdrawal of American forces and a convening of the Geneva Conference at the earliest possible date. Soon after, the National Guardian carried a large advertisement signed by almost one hundred college students saying flatly that they would refuse military service in Vietnam.
23 On May 9, C. D. Brennan, a top intelligence official working directly with Hoover and Sullivan, wrote the memo that created the New Left COINTELPRO. ‘‘Our nation is undergoing an era of disruption and violence caused by various individuals generally connected with the New Left,’’ it said.
Assault on the Left: The FBI and the Sixties Antiwar Movement by James K. Davis