Army Surveillance in America, 1775-1980

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Yale University Press, 1991 - History - 325 pages
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This eye-opening scholarly study reveals the extraordinary extent of the U.S. Army's role in domestic surveillance from the nation's beginning to recent times. Jensen illustrates how military interventions at home and civilian reactions to them (during the early labor movement, for instance) led to formal internal-security policies like the Plant Protection Program during WW I--the government systematically kept tabs on vast numbers of workers, guarding against espionage and sabotage - and contingency plans for a 'war against American civilians' (War Plans White) which were drawn up in the 1920s at the Army War College. The author describes how Army surveillance changed intent from counterespionage to counterdissent during the Vietnam war, as the Army was drawn deeply into infiltration of the antiwar movement. Also traced here are the emotionally charged debates over civil liberties and the limits of government power provoked by the frequent executive use of the Army to maintain internal security.

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Interesting little book explaining the Army's growing role in intelligence gathering both overseas and domestically. My interest in domestic intelligence gathering and the suppression of radical ... Read full review

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In many ways these two penetrating works are complementary. Both authors are academic historians who have written extensively on the perplexing and disturbing question of domestic surveillance by the ... Read full review


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Joan M. Jensen is the author of eleven books and more than fifty articles on United States history, including "Promise to the Land: Essays on Rural Women" and the Pulitzer Prize-nominated "Loosening the" "Bonds: Mid-Atlantic Farm Women, 1750-1850.

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