The abuses by the CIA and the FBI revealed in the Church Committee Hearings are breathtaking. It is no surprise that the corporate media never talks about what these hearings revealed. They have been effectively memory holed.
Unfortunately, as stomach turning as the facts revealed by congressional investigators were, only a portion of the CIA/FBI’s crimes were revealed as they destroyed documents and lied, even under oath, at almost every turn.
This is not to say that there were not some communist groups, some backed by Russia and/or China, in the United States that were dangerous and were legitimate national security threats, there were. But almost any political group or individual who the FBI decided was “no good” was given the same treatment as genuine national security threats.
These enemies of the FBI and the CIA included Dr. Martin Luther King, run of the mill local “women’s lib” groups, actors, journalists and more.
The spying and dirty tricks campaigns, or shall we simply call it “The Treatment” even included groups that were anti-communist such as the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) who was the premier civil rights organization from the 1940’s through the 1980’s. CORE was aligned with the National Rifle Association so no one could make a legitimate case that they were not patriotic. The left often criticized CORE for not being radical enough.
Actress Jean Seberg made a monetary contribution to the Black Panther Party. FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover decided to ruin her life by ordering a 10 year long dirty tricks campaign against her. This included planting false stories in Newsweek and other press organizations. This caused her to be virtually blacklisted by Hollywood. When she was pregnant they planted false stories in the press that she was having affairs and that a prominent Black Panther was the father of her unborn baby. The stress of the ongoing dirty tricks campaign caused her to go into premature labor causing the death of her baby.
Seberg eventually fled the country, staying and France and Italy, so the CIA took up where the FBI left off. The harassment campaign continued until she took her own life in 1979.
The FBI also maintained a “security index” of persons who should be placed into concentration camps with no habeas corpus. While many on the index were certainly from dangerous and subversive organizations, many were simple political activists. Congress authorized no such plans.
Senator Phil Hart said during hearing that people close to him were telling him these activities were going on and he just didn’t believe it because he thought “the govt just wouldn’t do it.”
Deputy Director of the FBI James Adams testified in the hearings and tried to obfuscate as best he could about how the FBI waged a campaign to try and get Dr. Martin Luther King to kill himself. One of the letters the FBI sent Dr. King is shown below the video:
DEMOCRATS/CORPORATE MEDIA IN FITS OVER NEW HOUSE “CHURCH COMMITTEE” HEARINGS TO INVESTIGATE FBI/CIA – LINK.
TUCKER: DID THE CIA ENGINEER WATERGATE TO TAKE OUT NIXON BECAUSE LIKE JFK HE CHALLENGED THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY? – LINK.
The Church Committee Hearings resulted in a Final Report that was six books long plus supplemental reports.