Home/ Resources / Projects / CIA Cryptonyms / cryptonym: MERRIMAC

Cryptonym: MERRIMAC

Definition:
A penetration and surveillance project designed to monitor dissident groups and potential threats to Agency personnel and operations.
Status:
Documented
Sources:

104-10107-10031: QUESTIONABLE ACTIVITIES

"Office of Security proprietary agents covertly monitored dissident groups in the Washington area considered potential threats to Agency installations and personnel. In addition, Office of Security field offices collected intelligence on dissident groups."

1993.08.07.08:30:15:590032: CIA INTELLIGENCE COLLECTION ABOUT AMERICANS: CHAOS AND THE OFFICE OF S

Project "Merrimac...took the CIA into actual penetration with the dissident groups. And to the extent the collection requirement was broadened from warning of imminent attacks on CIA to general information about the groups' finances and policies, it brought the Office of Security even closer to performing essential security functions."

Church Committee: Book III - Supplementary Detailed Staff Reports on Intelligence Activities and the Rights of Americans Current Section: B. Project MERRIMAC

"The second general effort by the Office of Security to protect the CIA from threats posed by domestic disorder was Project MERRIMAC. MERRIMAC involved the participation of CIA assets in dissident groups in the Washington metropolitan area in order to obtain advance warning of demonstrations which posed a threat to CIA facilities and also to collect other intelligence about the groups and their members...(in 1967) the Office of Security initially chose four "indicator organizations" - the Women's Strike for Peace, the Washington Peace Center, the Congress of Racial Equality, and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee...in June (1967)...the collection requirement was expanded to include information about the organizations' financial operations and sources of support."

Contributors:
Carmine Savastano

Search Cryptonyms

 

Search tips and techniques

© Mary Ferrell Foundation. All Rights Reserved. |Press Room |MFF Policies |Contact Us |Site Map