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Reading List on Intelligence Agencies and Political Repression.
This is the reading list developed by Linda Lotz and Chip Berlet for serious researchers and activists who wanted to deepen their knowledge of political repression at home and abroad.

Reading List on Security Studies by and for Social Movement Organizations

The reading list below is composed of selected books or reports that are written in a way that is both accessible and useful for those doing security or anti-repression work for social movement organizations.

Chronological

Serge, Victor. [1926] 1979. What Everyone Should Know About State Repression. London: New Park Publications.

Huberman, Leo. 1937. The Labor Spy Racket. New York: Modern Age Books.

The Public Eye collective. 1978. "COINTELPRO, What the Deleted Was It?" The Public Eye magazine, "Special Issue," edited by Harvey Kahn, with articles by Harvey Kahn, Sheila O'Donnell, Noam Chomsky, Mark Ryter, Chip Berlet. Tim Butz, and William Steiner; April.

American Friends Service Committee. 1979. The Police Threat to Political Liberty. Philadelphia: By the author.

Donner, Frank J. 1980. The Age of Surveillance: The Aims and Methods of America’s Political Intelligence System. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.

Lawrence, Ken. 1985. The New State Repression. Chicago: International Network Against New State Repression.

Churchill, Ward, and Jim Vander Wall. 1988. Agents of Repression: The FBI’s Secret Wars Against the Black Panther Party and the American Indian Movement. Boston: South End Press.

Churchill, Ward, and Jim Vander Wall. 1989. The COINTELPRO Papers: Documents from the FBI’s Secret Wars against Domestic Dissent. Boston: South End Press.

Glick, Brian. 1989. War at Home: Covert Action Against U.S. Activists and What We Can Do About It. Boston: South End Press.

Herman, Edward and Gerry O'Sullivan. 1989. The "Terrorism" Industry: The Experts and Institutions T hat Shape Our View of Terror . New York: Pantheon.

Donner, Frank J. 1990. Protectors of Privilege: Red Squads and Police Repression in Urban America. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Gelbspan, Ross. 1991. Break-Ins, Death Threats, and the FBI: The Covert War against the Central America Movement. Boston: South End Press.

Berlet, Chip & Matthew N. Lyons. 1998. Repression and Ideology: How Police Justify Labelling Demonstrators as "Terrorists. Originally published as “One Key to Litigating Against Government Prosecution of Dissidents: Understanding the Underlying Assumptions.” Police Misconduct and Civil Rights Law Report, in two parts, Vol. 5, No. 13, January-February Vol. 5, No. 14, March­April, West Group.

Chang, Nancy. 2002. Silencing Political Dissent: How Post-September 11 Anti-Terrorism Measures Threaten Our Civil Liberties. New York: Seven Stories.

Fernandez, Luis A. 2008. Policing Dissent: Social Control and the Anti-Globalization Movement. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. Visit www.policingdissent.info

Early issues of the Public Eye Magazine with articles on repression:

        Yellow color denotes publisher transition or joint issue
Publisher: The Repression Information Project   With the Guild Investigative Group
1 Vol. I, No. 1 1977 NCLC: America's Largest Political Intelligence Army   See also NCLC page
2 Vol. I, No. 2 1978 COINTELPRO: What the (deleted) was it?    
Publisher: The Repression Information Project and Citizens in Defense of Civil Liberties   In transition
3 Vol. II, No. 1 & 2 1979 Eyes Right: An Examination of the Several Right-Wing Currents    
Publisher: Citizens in Defense of Civil Liberties   A project of the National Lawyers Guild Civil Liberties Committee
4 Vol. II, No. 3 & 4 1980 Police Brutality: A Special Report    
6 Vol. III, No. 3 & 4 1982 Private Spies   See Hunt for Red Menace
7 Vol. IV, No. 1 & 2 1983 The New Witch Hunt   See Hunt for Red Menace
9 Vol. IV, No. 5 1989 Eleanor Roosevelt and the FBI   Joint Issue with FOIA, Inc.

Selected Authors:

Frank Donner

Donner, Frank J. 1990. Protectors of Privilege: Red Squads and Police Repression in Urban America. Berkeley: University of California Press.

_______. 1982. “The Campaign to Smear the Nuclear Freeze Movement.” The Nation magazine, November 6, pp. 456–465.

_______. 1980. The Age of Surveillance: The Aims and Methods of America’s Political Intelligence System. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.

_______. 1978. "The Terrorist as Scapegoat," The Nation magazine, May 20 (Vol. 226, No.19), pp. 590-594.

Chip Berlet

Chip Berlet. 2008. “ Right-Wing Witch Hunts, Then and Now: Debbie Almontaser and Hallie Flanagan” Z Magazine, May.

_______. 2005. “Extremists or Dissidents: Remapping and Rehabilitating Movements of Dissent,” The Politic, (Yale) magazine, February.

Berlet, Chip and Pam Chamberlain. 2003. “Resisting Repression: Executive Orders and Legislation Curtail Civil Liberties.” Resist Newsletter, Vol. 12 No. 5, July 2003, pp. 1-3.

_______. 2003. “Déjà Vu All Over Again: A Capsule History of Political Repression in the US.” Resist Newsletter, Vol. 12 No. 5, July, p. 3.

_______ and Abby Scher. 2003. “Political Profiling: Police Spying on Peaceful Activists.” Amnesty Now, Amnesty International, USA, Vol. 29, No. 1, Spring, pp. 20-23, 27.

_______. 2002. “Surveillance Abuse.” Encyclopedia of Crime and Punishment. David Levinson, ed., ( Berkshire Reference Works). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

_______. 2002. “Encountering and Countering Political Repression.” In Mike Prokosch and Laura Raymond, eds., The Global Activists Manual: Local Ways to Change the World. New York: Thunder Mouth Press/Nation Books (with United for a Fair Economy).

Berlet, Chip & Matthew N. Lyons. 1998. “Repression and Ideology: How Police Justify Labelling Demonstrators as ‘Terrorists’.” Originally published as “One Key to Litigating Against Government Prosecution of Dissidents: Understanding the Underlying Assumptions.” Police Misconduct and Civil Rights Law Report, in two parts, Vol. 5, No. 13, January-February Vol. 5, No. 14, March­April, West Group.

Berlet, Chip. 1995. “Frank Donner: An Appreciation,” CovertAction Quarterly, Summer.

King, Dennis and Chip Berlet. 1993. “ADLgate,” Tikkun magazine, Vol. 8, No. 4, 1993. (On the San Francisco spying scandal).

_______. 1993. “The A.D.L. Under Fire: It’s Shift to Right Has Led to Scandal,” The New York Times, May 28, p. A29 (Op-Ed).

Berlet, Chip. [1987] 1993. The Hunt for Red Menace: How Government Intelligence Agencies and Private Right­wing Countersubversion Groups Forge Ad Hoc Covert Spy Networks that Target Dissidents as Outlaws. Revised. Cambridge, MA: Political Research Associates.

Berlet, Chip. 1992. “Re–framing Dissent as Criminal Subversion,” CovertAction Quarterly, No. 41, Summer 1992.

Berlet, Chip and William K. Burke. 1992.“Corporate Fronts: Inside the Anti–Environmental Movement,” Greenpeace magazine, Jan./Feb./March.

_______ and Linda Lotz. 1992 “Reading List on Intelligence Agencies & Political Repression: Political Rights Information Series #4, (pamphlet) updated. New York, NY: Movement Support Network, Center for Constitutional Rights. Originally published in the 1970s.

Sklar, Holly and Chip Berlet. 1991. “NED, CIA and the Orwellian Democracy Project,” CovertAction, Winter 1991-1992 No. 39.

Berlet, Chip. 1991. “Hunting the Green Menace,” The Humanist, July/August.

_______. 1991. “Nibbling Away of Our Civil Liberties,” Utne Reader, September/October 1991.

_______. 1991. “The FBI and Right-Wing Spy Networks: Political Rights Information Series #5, (pamphlet), New York, NY: Movement Support Network, Center for Constitutional Rights.

_______. 1990. “Taking off the Gloves: The Environmental Movement…is being harassed, spied on, and discriminated against,” Greenpeace magazine, Sept./Oct.

Interview. 1990. “A Conversation on Surveillance: With Conceptual Artist Julia Scher and Civil Liberties Activist Chip Berlet, May 30, revised 1991, Political Research Associates, http://www.publiceye.org/liberty/con_sur.html.

Berlet, Chip. 1989. “Forgotten But Not Gone: Violations of Civil and Political Rights in the U.S.,” Extra!, Summer.

_______. 1988. “The FBI’s Witch Hunt,” The Boston Globe, op-ed, March 16, p. 17.

_______. 1986. “Bound for Glory: Secret Agencies: Beyond Democracy,” Utne Reader, Oct/Nov 1986.

_______. 1986. “Socialist Workers Party V. Attorney General: Using Civil Rights Litigation Against Federal Intelligence Agencies (Parts I & II), Police Misconduct & Civil Rights Law Report, Vol.1, No.17/18, 1986.

_______. 1985. Privacy and the PC: Mutually Exclusive Realities? Chicago: Midwest Research [now Political Research Associates]. Prepared for the 1985 national conference on Issues in Technology and Privacy—sponsored by the Center for Information Technology and Privacy Law, John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois, June 21­23.

_______. 1982. “Private Spies: A New Threat to Constitutional Rights,” The Public Eye, Vol. III, Issues 3 & 4.

_______. 1980. "Carving Up the Constitution: Judicial and Government Attacks on the Press,” Alternative Media, Vol. 12, No. 1

_______. 1978, "Media Op." The Public Eye magazine, April, in "Special Issue: “COINTELPRO, What the Deleted Was It?"

_______. 1977. “Counterspy: How a Group of Ex-Agents Turned on Their Bosses: and Began Publishing a Magazine That Sent Shudders Through the U.S. Intelligence Community," Alternative Media, Vol 9 No 5 Jan/Feb.
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