PATRIOT Act Renewed on COINTELPRO Break-In Anniversary
“Thirty-five years ago, a group of anonymous activists broke into the small, two-man office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Media, Pa., and stole more than 1,000 FBI documents that revealed years of systematic wiretapping, infiltration and media manipulation designed to suppress dissent.
“The Citizens’ Commission to Investigate the FBI, as the group called itself, forced its way in at night with a crowbar while much of the country was watching the Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier fight. When agents arrived for work the next morning, they found the file cabinets virtually emptied.
To this day, no individual has claimed responsibility for the break-in. The FBI couldn’t solve it.
“Found among the Media documents was a new word, “COINTELPRO.”
Allan M. Jalon. A Break-In To End All Break-Ins. LATImes.com. March 8, 2006.
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