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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Oct. 17, 1973)
The Glass House Tapes By Louis E. Tackwood
Dissent and radicalism is probably as American as Mom
and apple pie. Government attempts to suppress dissent are
' i tally .is traditional, but it seep-' ivo been on the
losing side in the past few years. W ;h trie publication of
The Class House Tapes, the government has lost another
The glass house is the building in Los Angeles which
incorporates the technology and personnel used to gather
information on some 150 mi, ,i -- -i-ins.
The glss houss tape' hp t,
Louis E. TackwoGr o i . -
Angeles Police Def t. It is writ
Citizens' Research , m .ucstigs.t
mixture of libra's, r-wiri
Communists th- n. . help write mis book.
lackw time spy lor the police and the
I "(31. H; ' ii j to join various political organizations and
1'" 'i't 1 break them up by creating dissent or by creating
situations which would enable the police to arrest the
leaders of these organizations.
For example, one black iM .iant was set-up in the
following manner. Tackwood was given some money .vih
which he bought some heroin. Tackwood then visitr d his
fiiend and asked him to briefly hold some mo,, . ' j nirn.
The police suddenly appeared, and Tackwr i or tcsLificJ
that the heroin found on him was jul , , uir.ed from this
i,cc "iH bv
n agent , . s
with the aid 1
-'icals r.-;- and
ex lib: -
The book begins with the story of ". .wood's life. It
details how Tackwood, after being in trouble with the
police, was given a choice between '-r'w u.rd hoCOming an
agent. He became an agent. In an attempt to escape his
siti ;on, he contacted some of those with whom he was
to infiltrate and told them his story. However,
only oui ne-half of the book is about Tackwood. The
rest of it is a loose history of police suppression in Arr.nnca.
Most of Tackwood's . story is believable and can be
documented by other sources. Many of his personal beliefs
such as the organized conspiracy by the police to establish a
police state in America are definitely unbelievable.
My major objection to the book is with those who did
most of the writing, the members of the CRIC.
First of all, they organized thr; book poorly.
Tackwood's story is interrupted by histories of suppression
and left wing rhetoric which often is directionless and adds
little to the book.
The writing is melodramatic, and one I to ker;v
looking at the cover to bo reassuied that it isn't a James
Bund novel being read.
All this is disappointing, because the original idea of
simply having Tackwood tell his story is a good one. It's
especially frustrating to read political philosophies one
agrees with which make a poor showing.
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