Tuesday
14
May

Courtesy Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library

FBI launches COINTELPRO

FBI director J. Edgar Hoover sends all field offices an urgent memo authorizing an operation called "Counterintelligence Program/New Left" (or COINTELPRO). It is one of a series of covert projects aimed at infiltrating, discrediting, and disrupting domestic political organizations.

Pictured: J. Edgar Hoover.