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APPENDIX 7.- DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE News RELEASE OF APRIL 1, 1976,

ANNOUNCING ESTABLISHMENT OF PROGRAM TO NOTIFY VICTIMS or FBI's COINTELPRO OPERATIONS

Department of Justice

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THURSDAY, APRIL 1, 1976

AG

Attorney General Edward H. Levi today announced that

he has established a special review committee to notify

individuals who may have been personally harmed by improper

COINTELPRO activities that they were the subjects of such

activities, and to advise them that they may seek further

information from the Department if they wish.

Notification will be made in those instances where the

specific COINTELPRO activity was improper, actual harm may

have occurred, and the subjects are not alrcady aware that they

were the targets of COINTELPRO activities.

The Attorney General stated that although he realized there

might be difficulties in carrying out the program, his

instructions to the committee set forth a mandatory general

rule, and that any exceptions recommended by the committee would

have to be taken up with an advisory committee and then

presented to him personally. Special care would be taken to preserve rights of privacy. Notification would be given as the Committee's review of COINTELPRO files progressed.

The special review committee has been set up within the

Office of Professional Responsibility, which is headed by

Michael E. Shaheen, Jr.

Members of the committee are Richard M.

Rogers, of the Department's Freedom of Information Unit; Susan N.

Wachtel, of the Civil Division, and Paul

v. Daly,

of the Office

of Congressional Affairs of the FBI.

The advisory group with which the committee will consult

will be chaired by Peter R. Taft, Assistant Attorney General in

charge of the Land and Natural Resources Division, and will

include Michael M. Uhlmann, Assistant Attorney General in charge

of the Office of Legislative Affairs and John Mintz, Legal

Counsel for the FBI.

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