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Revolutionary parties and organizations are subject to infiltration by police and reactionary organizations. This takes several forms depending on the purpose of the infiltrating organization.


Surveillance Wp→ is the most common purpose. Simple surveillance simply involves showing up and taking notes. Surveillance of the leadership of an organization involves both long-term participation and being supportive and useful. The Communist Party USA was successfully infiltrated by the FBI during the Cold War with a substantial portion of the active members at its low point of 5,000 members being FBI informants including the functionaries who received funds from the Soviet government.

Active disruption

Agents provocateurs and other disruptive agents are also used; most notoriously during the COINTELPRO program conducted in the United States from 1956 to 1971.

Fraternal organizations

Other communist political tendencies sometimes engage in infiltration of revolutionary parties or organizations, both for surveillance and disruption and in order to gain control of their leadership. This is particularly true of organizations such as the Students for Democratic Society which have undefined goals and open membership.