Before Snowden and Manning, There Were the Burglars
Congratulations to the nonviolent activists who have come forward after exposing illegal FBI spying 43 years ago.
On March 8, 1971, a group of eight peace activists, including two professors, broke into an FBI office in a Philadelphia suburb and carried away every document they could lay their hands on.
The team of burglars, a sort of real-life “Ocean’s Eleven,” strongly believed they would find evidence of FBI lawbreaking.
They found the evidence they were looking for, and much more.
The seized documents revealed the existence of an illegal, top-secret undertaking, codenamed COINTELPRO (Counterintelligence Program), whose purpose was basically to suppress political dissent in the United States.
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