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Witnesses testified before the Senate Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities, commonly known as the Church Committee, on FBI intelligence activities. From November 18, 1975, committee staffers Frederick Schwarz and Curtis Smothers detailed FBI abuses including spying, bugging, and attempted intimidation of Martin Luther King, Jr. From November 19, 1975, James Adams, deputy associate director of the FBI’s Intelligence Division, admitted to some excesses but defended a number of these FBI practices.
Testimony before the committee revealed that the FBI engaged in a prolonged attempt to discredit the work of Martin Luther King Jr. because it associated his work with communism. The agency, the committee discovered, engaged in such activities as warning prominent individuals not to meet with King, sending threatening letters to his home, and searching for evidence of activities that could embarrass him.
Book Sources: Church Committee (1975)
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