Pacifism Treated as Subversion: The FBI and the War Resisters League

Posted: April 11, 2014 by MIke Bandana in Uncategorized
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Logan Bell

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Gloss: In 1939, in the midst of the Cold War, the FBI began surveillance on the War Resisters League. The WRL is and absolute pacifist organization, opposed to all war and violence, including proletarian revolution. The FBI investigated the WRL as a possible Communist or Fascist front organization, yet came up with no conclusive evidence.

Relevance: This is an example of how the “fourth arm of government” conducted extensive surveillance on groups THEY considered a threat, in the name of surveillance. This also chose the implications surveillance can have, countering our judicial oath, “innocent until proven guilty”.

Timeliness: Gives historical coverage on a controversial topic in current conversation, the government conducting domestic surveillance.


Dion, Susan. “Pacifism Treated As Subversion: The FBI And The War Resisters League.” Peace & Change 9.1 (1983): America: History & Life. Web. 11 Apr. 2014.



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