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Coming Up: Meet the Antiwar Activists Who Broke Into an FBI Office in 1971 & Exposed COINTELPRO

January 07, 2014
Web Exclusive

On Wednesday, Democracy Now! will interview three peace activists who just revealed their involvement in one of the biggest mysteries of the Vietnam War era — the 1971 break-in of an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania. The burglars took every paper in the office, including documents revealing the existence of the secret counter-intelligence program, nicknamed COINTELPRO, which at the time was targeting black nationalists, antiwar activists and Native American groups.

A group called the "Citizens’ Commission to Investigate the FBI" took credit for the theft, but no one has ever admitted to taking part in the action — until today.

We will speak to three of the eight burglars: Keith Forsyth, Bonnie Raines and John Raines. We will also speak to their longtime attorney David Kairys and journalist Betty Medsger, author of the new book, "The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI."

Stream the interview live on Wednesday, January 7 8-9am ET at democracynow.org.


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