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Before we finalised any arrangements though, I got a Skype call from her in the middle of my study session one afternoon.
Sullivan, described the methods employed during Co Intel Pro as “rough, tough, and dirty.” The tactics ranged from selectively enforcing tax codes & government regulations, to fabricating evidence and using perjured testimony to illegally incarcerate Americans. The FBI conspired with local police departments to commit crimes ranging from illegal break-ins and vandalism, to assaults, beatings, and assassinations of American citizens. The FBI’s actions were successfully kept a secret for over 15 years, until a group called the Citizens’ Commission to Investigate the FBI burglarized an FBI Field Office in Media, Pennsylvania. Several dossiers acquired during the burglary were passed to news agencies, who initially refused to publish the information. Co Intel Pro-type activities may continue today under the rubric of ‘investigation.’” Those taking part in political activity three decades after the official conclusion of Co Intel Pro still find themselves under scrutiny by federal officials. The New York Times reported in 2004 that the FBI conducted interviews of 40 to 50 activists in the lead-up to the presidential elections.
And I did, pretty much, and I was perfectly fine - until suddenly I wasn't.