Fall 2011- Chapter 5- Governmental Crime- Part 2


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Unformatted text preview: ep their sanity if something like that happens all the time. I can see where four or five people get killed, something like that. But that was nothing like that, it was no accident whatsoever. Pure premeditated murder. And we're trained better than that and it's just not something you'd like to do. than The My Lai massacre led to the court martial of Lieutenant Calley in 1971. After a four­month­long trial, in which Calley claimed that he was following orders from his commanding officer, Captain Medina, he was convicted of premeditated murder for ordering the shootings. Calley was sentenced to life in prison but, two days after his sentencing, President Richard Nixon ordered him released from confinement, pending appeal of the sentence. Calley's sentence was later reduced, ultimately, to ten years in prison, but he only served four and one­half months in the military stockade at Fort Benning, Georgia. The Repressive State The Repressive State The repressive state engages in arguably less serious acts than the criminal state, such as systematically depriving its citizens of basic human rights, such as equality or freedom of speech. Repression by government takes many different forms, to include efforts to stifle protest by certain groups or to undermine their legitimate activities. COINTELPRO COINTELPRO In 1967, the FBI initiated COINTELPRO, an acronym for “Counterintelligence Program,” as a series of counterintelligence operations designed to neutralize political dissidents. FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover issued directives governing COINTELPRO which ordered FBI agents to “expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredit, or otherwise neutralize” the activities of numerous political organizations and their leaders. Roughly 85% of the groups targeted by COINTELPRO were groups and individuals that the FBI deemed “subversive,” including communist and sot organizations; organizations and individuals associated with the civil rights movement, to include...
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This note was uploaded on 02/20/2012 for the course CRJU E491 taught by Professor Mr.smith during the Fall '11 term at South Carolina.

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