is an acronym for a series of FBI counter-intelligence programs designed to neutralize political dissidents. Although covert operations have been employed throughout FBI history, the formal COINTELPROs of 1956-1971 were broadly targeted against radical political organizations.

See the FBI's website posting of some of its COINTELPRO documents.

See also The COINTELPRO Papers, Chapter 6 ("New Left"), by Ward Churchill and Jim Vander Wall. South End Press, 1990 and 2002.

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