Magazine article The Nation

Ghosts on the F.B.I. Payroll

Magazine article The Nation

Ghosts on the F.B.I. Payroll

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The F.B.I. likes to say it's just a bunch of crime busters, dedicated to the apprehension of perpetrators, without fear or favor, in peace and war. A more accurate description would be that the Bureau is a political police force, an ideological propaganda factory and an unaccountable corps of provocateurs and informants in constant competition with the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. From the campaign to discredit Martin Luther King Jr. to the murder of civil rights worker Violette Liuzzo the the Cointelpro subversion of the antiwar movement, the G-men too often have been agents of political corruption.

It's hardly surprising that the F.B.I. is nose-deep in corruption with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, for that huge and powerful labor syndicate is an important source of support for the Reagan Administration. Teamsters president Jackie Presser, perhaps taking his cue from Ronald Reagan's stoolie days in Hollywood, signed on in the early 1970s as an F. …

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