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The Resource The FBI & American democracy : a brief critical history, Athan G. Theoharis

The FBI & American democracy : a brief critical history, Athan G. Theoharis

Label
The FBI & American democracy : a brief critical history
Title
The FBI & American democracy
Title remainder
a brief critical history
Statement of responsibility
Athan G. Theoharis
Title variation
FBI and American democracy
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Athan Theoharis contends that a closer look at the historical record reveals a much less idealized and much more disturbing vision of the FBI and its impact on American society." "As Theoharis reveals, from its earliest days, FBI history has been marked by operational failures, overrated abilities, and the frequent use of highly suspect means - wiretaps, buggings, break-ins - that challenge the Constitution's guarantee against illegal searches. The agency has also been known to gather and disseminate derogatory (and often untrue) information in an effort to discredit citizens whose views were seen as "dangerous." Most disturbing, it has drifted toward equating political dissent with genuine subversion, an approach with potentially grave consequences for free and open public discourse." "Throughout, Theoharis raises serious questions about the extralegal nature of the FBI's activities and its troubling implications for the rule of law in America, which threaten both civil liberties and democracy itself. Drawing deeply upon primary sources (including declassified documents), his work should help all Americans reevaluate the FBI and its proper role in our society."--Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Theoharis, Athan G
Dewey number
363.25/0973
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HV8144.F43
LC item number
T49 2004
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • United States
  • Intelligence service
  • Internal security
  • Criminal investigation
  • Abuse of administrative power
Label
The FBI & American democracy : a brief critical history, Athan G. Theoharis
Link
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- The early years : creation and proscribed growth -- World War I and the origins of political surveillance -- Abuse of power, retrenchment, and morality -- The New Deal and a war on crime -- The origins of FBI intelligence, the crisis of World War II -- The early Cold War years : anticipating and curbing subversion -- Promoting Mccarthyism -- and morality (again) -- Secrecy and power : the undermining of accountability -- From anticommunism to law and order -- Scandal and limited reform -- A modern bureau and the politics of terrorism
Control code
ocm54767570
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
x, 195 p.
Isbn
9780700613458
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2004006077
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780700613458
  • (OCoLC)54767570
Label
The FBI & American democracy : a brief critical history, Athan G. Theoharis
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- The early years : creation and proscribed growth -- World War I and the origins of political surveillance -- Abuse of power, retrenchment, and morality -- The New Deal and a war on crime -- The origins of FBI intelligence, the crisis of World War II -- The early Cold War years : anticipating and curbing subversion -- Promoting Mccarthyism -- and morality (again) -- Secrecy and power : the undermining of accountability -- From anticommunism to law and order -- Scandal and limited reform -- A modern bureau and the politics of terrorism
Control code
ocm54767570
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
x, 195 p.
Isbn
9780700613458
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2004006077
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780700613458
  • (OCoLC)54767570

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