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Several of the police departments belonging to the group have recently been caught in illegal wiretapping, burglary, and spying on the private lives of ordinary citizens.
The LEIU is, in effect, a huge, private domestic-intelligence agency.” article published in September 1979 under the headline “FBI Admits Spreading Lies About Jean Seberg” was the lead story on the paper’s front page.
Illegal counterintelligence operations have been perpetrated against Americans by urban police departments in the U. COINTELPRO’s official goal was to “expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredit, or otherwise neutralize” individuals and groups deemed to be subversive. The agency even perpetrated crimes such as blackmail and assassinations.
Published articles and anecdotal reports have appeared with increasing frequency – especially in the past decade or so – alleging that something comparable to the FBI’s COINTELPRO operations is still happening, although it naturally involves more advanced surveillance technology.
One of the first significant works of investigative journalism about U. domestic counterintelligence operations in the post-COINTELPRO era appeared just 7 months after the U. Senate’s “Church Committee” issued its final report about COINTELPRO and MKUltra.
Pulitzer Prize nominee George O’Toole, a novelist and historian who specialized in the history of American espionage, and who had worked for the CIA as an analyst, wrote an article titled , exposed a secretive quasi-governmental organization called the Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Units (LEIU).
Accomplices – such as neighbors, co-workers, and even friends or relatives of the victim in some cases – are recruited to participate (often unwittingly) by counterintelligence personnel using various means, such as by telling them that the target is a potential threat or that the target is the subject of an “investigation.” A whole set of psychological operations are perpetrated against targeted individuals.
These methods, described in detail in the overview below, include such things as threats, slander, vandalism, abusive phone calls, computer hacking, tormenting the victim with noise, and “mobbing” (orchestrated verbal harassment by strangers, neighbors, or co-workers).