Tuesday, January 7, 2014

1971 break-in at the FBI

Passed along in email:

On March 8, 1971, anti-Vietnam-war activists broke into a Federal Bureau of Investigation field office in Media, Pa. What they came away with in a heist that was never solved were suitcases full of documents proving that the FBI had overstepped its mandate and used lies, blackmail, and illegal mail interception among other tactics in its self-anointed quest to keep America pure, clean, safe ... you know, all the same stuff NSA and its supporters claim today in the face of Edward Snowden's and Bradley/Chelsea Manning's revelations.

The 1971 story seems incredibly antiquated in retrospect and yet one thing remains utterly clear -- what takes courage today took the same courage yesterday, and how lucky the rest of us are that such courage exists and is implemented.

Here is the NYTimes story.

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