Operation MH/CHAOS was once the code identify for a family espionage venture carried out by means of the primary Intelligence service provider within the late1960s and early Seventies. MH/CHAOS: The CIA’s crusade opposed to the unconventional New Left and the Black Panters is an insider’s account of the CIA’s Counterintelligence Staff’s certain Operations team first charged through Presidents Lyndon Johnson and later by way of Richard Nixon to discover overseas intelligence, terrorist, businesses or govt contacts, controlling or influencing Anti-Vietnam warfare activists or American black extremists protesting, bombing and undertaking different anti-government, illegal or unlawful actions within the usa. The operation used to be introduced less than Director of important Intelligence Richard Helms, through leader of counter-intelligence, James Jesus Angleton, and headed by way of Richard Ober. The program's target was once to unmask attainable overseas impacts at the pupil antiwar move. The "MH" designation signified that this system had a world quarter of operations. while President Nixon got here to place of work in 1969, the entire latest household surveillance actions have been consolidated into Operation MH/CHAOS and used CIA stations in a foreign country to document on antiwar actions of usa voters touring out of the country, utilizing equipment equivalent to actual surveillance and digital eavesdropping, using "liaison providers" in protecting such surveillance. The operations have been later extended to incorporate 60 officials. In 1969, following the growth, the operation started constructing its personal community of informants for the needs of infiltrating numerous international antiwar teams positioned in international international locations that may have ties to family teams. finally, CIA officials increased this system to incorporate different leftist or counter-cultural teams without discernible connection to Vietnam, similar to teams working in the women's liberation circulate, together with scholars for a Democratic Society, the Black Panther occasion and girls Strike for Peace. additionally precise used to be the Israeli embassy, and family Jewish teams resembling the B'nai B'ritht. because of the Watergate break-in, concerning former CIA officials, Operation MH/CHAOS was once discontinued. the key nature of this system was once uncovered via Seymour Hersh within the New York Times
on December 22, 1974. the subsequent yr, extra information have been printed in the course of consultant Bella Abzug's condominium Subcommittee on executive info and person Rights. the govt., based on the revelations, introduced the fee on CIA actions in the usa (The Rockefeller Commission), lead via then vice chairman Nelson Rockefeller, to enquire the intensity of the surveillance.
In MH/CHOAS, the writer, who's a former CIA officer, refutes the costs made by means of the New York Times and the Washington Post on the time that this family spying software first made headlines, and takes factor with conclusions of the Rockefeller fee and the Church Committee. He relates how the specific Operations workforce started, was once staffed and the way it used to be remodeled into an anti-terrorist unit prior to it ceased operation. Rafalko information the knowledge that specific Operations staff accrued opposed to the hot Left and Black extremists and makes the case that the MHCHAOS application was once justified, why the CIA used to be the logical employer to behavior the gathering, and the results suffered later by way of American counterintelligence as a result of those investigations.