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January 07, 2014 < Previous Entry | Next Entry >

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

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.