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CAUT Bulletin Archives

August 2002

Agents of Repression

The FBI's Secret Wars Against the Black Panther Party and the American Indian Movement

Ward Churchill & Jim Vander Wall. Cambridge, Massachusetts: South End Press, 2002; 550 pp; hardcover $40 US., paper $22 US.
For those wondering why Bill Clinton could pardon billionaire white-collar fugitive Marc Rich but not Native American leader Leonard Peltier, important clues can be found in this classic study of the FBI's counterintelligence program against the Black Panther Party and the American Indian Movement. Written by a key AIM member and one of its most knowledgeable supporters, Agents of Repression, features one of the best histories of the FBI siege of Wounded Knee. The 1973 attack resulted in Peltier's imprisonment. The book also provides a well-written synthesis of the FBI efforts against the Black Panthers. This edition, Volume 7 of the South End Press Classics Series, includes a new introduction examining the cases of Leonard Peltier and Anna Mae Aquash and the infiltration of AIM by the FBI. While the FBI seems a less flagrantly violent organization now than in the 1970s, twenty-first century readers will learn why America's political police force remains a threat to those committed to fundamental social change.

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