Fall 2011- Chapter 5- Governmental Crime- Part 2

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Unformatted text preview: members of the Chicago Police Department, as part of a COINTELPRO operation. part Chomsky The FBI conducted more than 2000 COINTELPRO The FBI conducted more than 2000 COINTELPRO operations before the programs were officially discontinued in April of 1971, as a result of public exposure. In 1976, the Senate Select Committee on Governmental Operations described the COINTELPRO program in the following terms: The unexpressed major premise of much of COINTELPRO is that the Bureau has a role in maintaining the existing social order, and that its efforts should be aimed toward combating those who threaten that order. The Bureau conducted a sophisticated vigilante operation aimed squarely at preventing the exercise of First Amendment rights of speech and association, on the theory that preventing the growth of dangerous groups and the propagation of dangerous ideas would protect the national security and deter violence. The unexpressed major premise of the programs was that a law enforcement agency has the duty to do whatever is necessary to combat perceived threats to the existing social and political order. The Corrupt State The Corrupt State The corrupt state involves a scenario in which government authority is used to enrich its leadership. Enrichment generally takes the form of financial enrichment for those in control of a governmental enterprise, although it can also involve enhancement of the political power of an official. The Negligent State The Negligent State The negligent state is characterized as committing “crimes of omission,” i.e., failing to prevent loss of human life, suffering, and deprivation, that are in its power to prevent. The concept might be applied to many countries, including the United States, in reference to their failures to address problems such as epidemic diseases and natural disasters. State­organized Crime State­organized Crime State­organized crime consists of acts defined by law...
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