The FBI has historically served as a political police force, tasked not just with monitoring dissent but actively destroying it. Nowhere is that clearer than in their infiltration of the Left in the 1960s and ’70s.
Chip Gibbons is a journalist, whose work has been featured in Jacobin and the Nation. He is also the policy and legislative counsel for Defending Rights and Dissent, but the views expressed here are his own.
Early American socialists like Eugene Debs fought for free speech rights as a bulwark against state tyranny and employer despotism. We should take up their radical struggle for civil liberties today.
Recently released FBI documents detailing the bureau's actions against George Crockett Jr show how the bureau acts as the nation’s political police, relentlessly hounding radicals.
We obtained the FBI's files on Delmer Berg, a Communist and Abraham Lincoln Brigade veteran. They show the bureau's determination to surveil and crush dissent.
Lawmakers around the country are attempting to stifle protest movements. They're the real threats to free speech.
The Espionage Act turns 100 today. It helped destroy the Socialist Party of America and quashes free speech to this day.
The FBI embodies authoritarianism more than any other domestic agency. It can’t curb Trump’s autocratic tendencies.
Couching opposition to Trump in anti-Russia language will only end up benefiting the Right.
In the 1930s and '40s, conservative forces waged a relentless campaign to deport militant labor leader Harry Bridges.
For decades, the state has used lists like the no-fly list to expand its power and harass political dissidents.
Bill Clinton's "quiet war" on Iraq set the stage for George W. Bush's bloody invasion.