Army Surveillance in America, 1775-1980 Joan M. Jensen

ISBN: 9780300046687

Published: September 25th 1991

Hardcover

328 pages


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Army Surveillance in America, 1775-1980  by  Joan M. Jensen

Army Surveillance in America, 1775-1980 by Joan M. Jensen
September 25th 1991 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 328 pages | ISBN: 9780300046687 | 5.49 Mb

Since the Revolution, Americans have debated what action the military should take toward civilians suspected of espionage, treason, or revolutionary activity. This important book-the first to present a comprehensive history of military surveillanceMoreSince the Revolution, Americans have debated what action the military should take toward civilians suspected of espionage, treason, or revolutionary activity.

This important book-the first to present a comprehensive history of military surveillance in the United States-traces the evolution of Americas internal security policy during the past two hundred years. Joan M. Jensen discusses how the federal government has used the army to intervene in domestic crises and how Americans have protested the violation of civil liberties and applied political pressure to limit military intervention in civil disputes.

Although movements to expand and to constrain the military have each dominated during different periods in American history, says Jensen, the involvement of the army in internal security has increased steadily. Jensen describes a wide range of events and individuals connected to this process. These include Benedict Arnolds betrayal of West Point- the colonial wars in Cuba, where Lt. Andrew Rowan, the nations first officer spy, won a medal for carrying a Message for Garcia- the development of War Plans White in the 1920s to guide the armys response in the event of domestic rebellion- the activities of J.

Edgar Hoover and the FBI in the 1950s and 1960s- the use of the National Guard in the South at the height of the civil rights movement- and the surveillance of and violence against protesters during the Vietnam War. Scrutinizing the historic workings of the American government at closer range than has ever been done before, Jensen creates a vivid picture of the growing invisible intelligence empire within the United States government and of the men who created it.



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