From 1956 to 1971, J. Edgar Hoover ran COINTELPRO (Counterintelligence Program).
A series of covert and illegal FBI operations aimed at surveilling, infiltrating, discrediting, and disrupting left wing political organisations in America. The leaders of pro-civil rights, anti-Vietnam war and pro-choice groups were among those targeted. When the programme was uncovered, it revealed the paranoia that consumed Hoover in his last decades in power and would change his legacy forever.
Produced by Benjie Guy. Mixed by Thomas Ntinas. Senior Producer: Charlotte Long.
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