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.
Chip Gibbons is policy director of Defending Rights & Dissent. He hosted the Still Spying podcast, which explored the history of FBI political surveillance. He is currently working on a book on the history of the FBI exploring the relationship between domestic political surveillance and the emergence of the US national security state.
Boots Riley on communism, Sorry to Bother You, and what kind of political action the present moment demands.
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 was passed today in 1917. 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.