Abuse of Power: How Cold War Surveillance and Secrecy Policy by Athan Theoharis

By Athan Theoharis

Athan Theoharis, lengthy a revered authority on surveillance and secrecy, verified his acceptance for meticulous scholarship along with his paintings at the loyalty protection software built below Truman and McCarthy. In Abuse of strength, Theoharis keeps his research of U.S. executive surveillance and historicizes the Sep 11 response.

Criticizing the U.S. government's mystery actions and guidelines in periods of "unprecedented crisis," he recounts how presidents and FBI officers exploited matters approximately foreign-based inner protection threats.

Drawing on details sequestered until eventually lately in FBI files, Theoharis indicates how those mystery actions on the planet battle II and chilly conflict eras improved FBI surveillance powers and, within the method, eroded civil liberties with out considerably advancing valid defense interests.

Passionately argued, this well timed booklet speaks to the prices and effects of still-secret post-9/11 surveillance courses and counterintelligence disasters. eventually, Abuse of energy makes the case that the abusive surveillance rules of the chilly battle years have been repeated within the government's responses to the September eleven attacks.

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S. diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union.  . ”34 Clark agreed to the proposed study. Department officials, however, eventually concluded that, rather than seeking legislation authorizing a detention program, the government should during an emergency either declare martial law or suspend the writ of habeas corpus. ”35 Justice Department officials agreed to the bureau’s broad standards but not the recommendation to seek legislative authorization. ” They instead opted for a strategy whereby the president would proclaim an emergency, at which time legislation would be introduced to authorize a detention program.

In effect, by signing this letter, Truman had inadvertently unleashed the FBI and had done so without the White House staff’s conducting an independent review of this proposal (as would have been the case had he issued his own directive rather than simply sign the Hoover-drafted letter). ; Stokely Carmichael; Elijah Muhammad; Malcolm X; H. Rap Brown; Roy Cohn; Benjamin Spock; the National Lawyers Guild; the Southern Christian Leadership Conference; the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee; the Socialist Workers Party; the Black Panthers; the Nation of Islam; Thomas Corcoran; Bartley Crum; William Beecher; Lloyd Norman; Hanson Baldwin; Marvin Kalb; Hedrick Smith; I.

16 In reality, by approving the Hoover-drafted letter, President Truman extended FBI wiretapping authority to a broad range of undefined “subversive” activists and in the process formally abandoned Roosevelt’s “national-defense” rationale. The unqualified phrase “vitally affecting the domestic security, or when human life is in jeopardy” would encompass such uses during kidnapping investigations and the targeting of radical and left-liberal political activists. In effect, by signing this letter, Truman had inadvertently unleashed the FBI and had done so without the White House staff’s conducting an independent review of this proposal (as would have been the case had he issued his own directive rather than simply sign the Hoover-drafted letter).

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