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Unamerican Activities : The Campaign Against The Underground Press: The Campaign Against The Underground Press

By Rips, Geoffrey

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Book Id: WPLBN0100002779
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Reproduction Date: 03/06/1981

Title: Unamerican Activities : The Campaign Against The Underground Press: The Campaign Against The Underground Press  
Author: Rips, Geoffrey
Language: English
Subject: Non Fiction, Political Science, Underground press publications -- United States.
Collections: History, Authors Community
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Publisher: City Lights Books
Member Page: History Is A Weapon .org


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Rips, G. (1981). Unamerican Activities : The Campaign Against The Underground Press. Retrieved from

The Campaign against the underground press /​ Geoffrey Rips ; with reports by Aryeh Neier, Todd Gitlin, Angus Mackenzie ; foreword by Allen Ginsberg ; edited by Anne Janowitz and Nancy J. Peters. The Campaign against the underground press (History Series), was digitized in May 2008.

In the mid-1970s, Allen Ginsberg, a member of PEN American Center's Freedom to Write Committee, suggested that it look into rampant government sabotage of the underground press movement. Most of PEN's 1500 members were aware of intelligence agency abuses but not of their extent. Because the Freedom to Write Committee works on behalf of imprisoned writers and censored writing around the world, it agreed to investigate if Ginsberg 'would provide the evidence he had amassed. Between 1968 and 1972, he had been collecting newspaper clippings, letters, and sworn affidavits from those who had been harassed, as well as files obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. People sent him reports of incidents, which they sometimes regarded as curious, sometimes as sinister; however, when assembled, they formed a pattern of systematic abuse. Ginsberg put this information at the disposal of the Freedom to Write Committee, which asked me, in 1979, to gather more information and write this report.

Table of Contents
Surveillance as censorship /​ by Aryeh Neier The underground and its cave-in /​ by Todd Gitlin Smoking typewriters /​ by Allen Ginsberg The campaign against the underground press /​ by Geoffrey Rips Sabotaging the dissident press /​ by Angus Mackenzie.


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