1975 December 2

Former FBI Undercover Agent Testifies to Infiltration, Illegal Actions Against Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW)


The Senate Church Committee investigation of abuses by the FBI, the CIA and other intelligence agencies on this day heard testimony about activities of an undercover agent who spied on the Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW). The former undercover agent, Mary Jo Cook, explained that her mission was not only to get information on individuals (including “who they were sleeping with”) but also to take “a leadership role” and to steer the VVAW in a moderate political direction. In short, the FBI was directly interfering with the activities of a political group.

Read the Senate Church Committee report on the FBI use of informants (pp. 225–270): http://www.aarclibrary.org/publib/contents/church/contents_church_reports_book3.htm

Learn more: Wallace Terry, Bloods: An Oral History of the Vietnam War (1984)

And more: Robert Jay Lifton, Home from the War: Vietnam Veterans: Neither Victims Nor Executioners (1973)

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