There were also other spaces among the most trusted sanctuary activists, or within the broader peace and solidarity movement, such as CISPES
, Comite Farabundo Marti, Salvadorenos Progresistas, and MASPS meetings or events, where the refugee identity could be moved to the background by the Central Americans in favour of a more empowered or militant persona.
For another assessment which places the CISPES
investigation in context with the First Amendment concerns raised by the FBI's investigative powers, see PHILIP B.
The House Intelligence Committee similarly investigated the FBI's CISPES
matter and was not denied the documents needed.
Under those laws, the CISPES
investigation would have been legal, on suspicion that CISPES
was supporting the Salvadoran rebel movement.
For example, an informer who infiltrated the Dallas CISPES
(Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador), a group which regularly met in a church, reports that his FBI contact encouraged him to seduce one of the nuns in the group and film it.
Frank Varelli, a Salvadoran expatriate, told the FBI that CISPES
was illegally funneling money to the FDR and the FMLN, guerrilla groups seeking to oust the Duarte government.
defines itself as a solidarity and anti-interventionist movement; beyond opposition to U.
are Communist-founded support groups such as CISPES
(Committees in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador), NACLA (North American Congress on Latin America), and WOLA (Washington Office on Latin America).
Activities such as the FBI's COINTIELPRO, Watergate, the Iran-Contra affair, and the investigation of CISPES
continue to be part of our political landscape.
In the 1980s, the FBI conducted a massive spying campaign against members of CISPES
(Citizens in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador) - a campaign that was a national disgrace when it was finally made public.
halted its notorious CISPES
probe, local police departments happily snooped on nuclear freeze and anti-nuclear protesters in the name of antiterrorism.
A fundraising event in San Antonio for the Committee In Solidarity with the People of El Salvador, CISPES
, was raided by police, and the House Foreign Affairs Committee placed restrictions on foreign aid.