Reading List on Intelligence Agencies & Political Repression

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WHAT TO DO-Freedom of Information Act

WHAT TO DO-Education & Organizing Guides

WHAT TO DO-Litigation

RESOURCES

WHAT TO DO-Freedom of Information Act

  • Are You Now or Have You Ever Been in the FBI Files? Ann Mari Buitrago and Leon Andrew Immerman, 1981, Grove Press. Overview of the FOIA-how to use it, how the FBI will respond, and glossary of terms to help read documents when they arrive. Hard to Find.
  • Using the FOIA-A Step by Step Guide. Center for National Security Studies. Detailed instructions, sample letters, and what to expect from a range of agencies. $2.00 from CNSS, 122 Maryland Ave. N.E., Washington DC 20002.

WHAT TO DO-Education & Organizing Guides

  • If An Agent Knocks: Federal Investigators and Your Rights. Center for Constitutional Rights. Explains why it is important to have an attorney with you when you talk to the FBI, regardless of how innocuous the agents' questions may be. English and Spanish editions available. $1 plus postage. Write: CCR, 666 Broadway, New York, NY 10012.
  • Radical Re-entry (And Departure): Coming through Customs. Center for Constitutional Rights. Because Customs agents are stopping political activists at the borders in search of information such as contacts in Nicaragua, this booklet is helpful for the political traveler. $1 plus postage. Write: CCR (see above).
  • Political Rights Information Series. A collection of essays including "Common Sense Security" by Sheila O'Donnell and this reading list. Produced by the National Lawyers Guild Civil Liberties Committee and the Center for Constitutional Rights. Write: Political Research Associates.

WHAT TO DO-Litigation

  • Litigation Under the Federal Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act. Editions updated regularly. Allan Adler, Ed. Important reference book for attorneys using the FOIA; covers many federal agencies. Write: Center for National Security Studies, 122 Maryland Ave. N.E., Washington DC 20002.
  • The Law of Electronic Surveillance. Major update 1984, supplemented annually. James C. Carr. Write: Clark Boardman, 435 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014.
  • Representation of Witnesses Before Federal Grand Juries. The Grand Jury Project. Updated periodically, supplemented annually. Write: Clark Boardman (see above).
  • Police Misconduct Law and Litigation Manual. Michael Avery and David Rudovsky, National Lawyers Guild Civil Liberties Committee, Updated annually. Also available is the bi-monthly litigation newsletter: Police Misconduct and Civil Rights Law Report. Write: Clark Boardman (see above).
  • Police Misconduct and Civil Rights Law Report. National Lawyers Guild Civil Liberties Committee, Bi-monthly litigation newsletter and companion to above manual. Write: Clark Boardman (see above).
  • Civil Rights Litigation and Attorneys Fees Annual Handbook. National Lawyers Guild Civil Liberties Committee. A more issue-oriented and broadly-targeted collection of essays. Issued annually. Write: Clark Boardman (see above).

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