In this well-researched and detailed book, José Angel Gutiérrez, as a scholar and a fearless leader for decades on behalf of Chicanas and Chicanos in the U.S., does an excellent job in exposing the civil/human rights abuses of the American government in general and oppressive FBI apparatus in particular against los de abajo. As a self-described Chicano militant, the author exposes a contradiction of the FBI’s racist surveillance against brown people, where the gaze of Big Brother doesn’t differentiate in spying on righteous militants, aspiring for radical/structural transformations, versus moderate Mexican Americans and groups, seeking reformist changes.
His volumes (and presumably forthcoming third volume)…make a significant contribution to our ever-evolving understanding of the FBI and its deep interest in a seemingly inexhaustible array of subjects. If the FBI files that are the basis of these books were either eventually scanned and posted online or deposited in a library, Gutiérrez’s goal of resurrecting these histories would advance considerably. I am confident, as an FBI scholar myself, that these important works will augment future comprehensive histories of the FBI.