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All during this period army intelligence was conducting a massive operation against domestic protest demonstrations and circulating this information throughout the government. "In all, an estimated 100,000 individuals were the subjects of army surveillance," Senator Frank Church's committee, which looked into military spying on civilians, later reported.
Tigar went to work for Edward Bennett Williams, Washington's famed defense attorney, and flourished. Still, he wanted to know what had happened to his clerkship and filed freedom of information suits to get the documents. Some 15 years later, a couple of heavily redacted documents came back from army intelligence. "Oliver Twist won the awed admiration of his fellow orphans when he had the supreme audacity to take his empty porridge bowl back to ask for more," stated one bizarre smear memo. "Oliver apparently has a counterpart among our young radicals. In 1966 Michael TIGAR was a candidate for the post of law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan Jr. The appointment fell through when Brennan was apprised of TIGAR's left-wing background." The other memo made perfectly clear what was going on: "TIGAR may still be as radical as he ever was, but even if his political position has changed, he may find that his widely publicized left-wing activities as a young man will plague him far into the future. This is a bitter lesson many of today's young radicals may have to learn."
Tigar gradually became friends with Brennan, who said many years later that he had "overreacted" in firing the young lawyer.
This brief story describes perfectly the smear campaign run by the FBI and its look-alikes during the '60s and '70s. It shows the slime politics played in the Supreme Court, the mendacity of the Johnson people, and, of course, business as usual for Hoover's FBI. And it reveals how military intelligence was employed to spread smears about people.
And this is precisely what Bush is in the process of recreating, so that the two-bit snoops from the Pentagon can fan out across the nation. Homeland security boils down to the FBI's acting on neighborhood snitch watches to penetrate and track supposed terrorist groups while the military dicks spread out like a plague of locusts to spread the gossip.
The CIA, which devoted long hours in the 1960s to reading outgoing foreign mail, wants to jump in and stop journalists from publishing embarrassing leaks. "We've got to do whatever it takesif it takes sending SWAT teams into journalists' homesto stop these leaks," James B. Bruce, vice chairman of the CIA's Foreign Denial and Deception Committee, told the Institute of World Politics last week, according to NewsMax.com. "Somehow there has evolved a presumptive right of the press to leak classified information. I hope we get a test case, soon, that will pit the government's need to prosecute those who leak its classified documents against the guarantees of free speech. I'm betting the government will win." Previously Bruce worked for the CIA as deputy national intelligence officer for science and technology in the National Intelligence Council.
Research: Cassandra Lewis, Caroline Ragon, Gabrielle Jackson