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Authorized and introduced in August of 1956 by FBI Director Hoover, the initial intentions of the COINTELPRO programmes were broadly focused towards disrupting and discrediting the reputation and the functionality of the Communist Party in the USA. However these methods of counterintelligence increasingly became a means through which the Bureau could act on their wider sentiments of opposition to and fear of newly emerging politically motivated groups who appeared to Hoover as aligning themselves
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