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Ward Churchill

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Agents of Repression: Withstanding the Test of Time

Fifteen years after the initial publication of Agents of Repression, Churchill discusses the continued threat of state policing and repression through a look at the recent history of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s campaign against the release of American Indian Movement (AIM) activist Leonard Peltier and the high-level cover-ups regarding the murder of AIM member Anna Mae Aquash. The FBI’s ongoing conduct with respect to Peltier, as well as the Aquash murder and many other still-unresolved homicides on Pine Ridge, indicates the extent to which the mentality and operational priorities of America’s political police have remained constant despite the supposed reforms it underwent during the late 1970s. The book is timelier than ever given the Patriot Act, a measure that formally sanctions many of the worst abuses the FBI engaged in a generation ago.

political persecution, murders and murder attempts, activists, law enforcement, Native North Americans, atrocities, internationalists and anti-imperialists, Pictou-Aquash, Anna Mae, American Indian Movement (AIM), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

Citation: Social Justice Vol. 30, No. 2 (2003): 44-50