Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1977. 495p, illustrations, index. 24 cm. First edition. Gray cloth; dust jacket. Signed and inscribed by Frank Church "To Clive, a journalist with scruples, from his friend..." Frank Church served as Democratic Senator from Idaho from 1957 to 1981 and was a candidate in the 1976 election. The Church Committee. United States Senate Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities, was formed in 1973 and "faced a formidable task: to conduct a wide-ranging investigation of the nation’s most secret agencies and programs, and based on those findings, write a detailed report including legislative recommendations....the Church Committee investigated and identified a wide range of intelligence abuses by federal agencies, including the CIA, FBI, Internal Revenue Service, and National Security Agency. In the course of their work, investigators identified programs that had never before been known to the American public, including NSA’s Projects SHAMROCK and MINARET, programs which monitored wire communications to and from the United States and shared some of that data with other intelligence agencies. Committee staff researched the FBI’s long-running program of “covert action designed to disrupt and discredit the activities of groups and individuals deemed a threat to the social order,” known as COINTELPRO. The FBI included among the program’s many targets organizations such as the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the anti-Vietnam War movement, and individuals such as Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as local, state, and federal elected officials.[United States Senate web page]. An unread copy in fine condition.
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