Sue Ann Martinson | Dissent, Activism, and Oppression in the 1970s and Today: An Exploration

Rise Up Times

Part I  The 70s: The Burglary, Hoover’s Secret FBI and the Antiwar Movement, COINTELPRO

Never once did I hear anybody, including myself, raise the question: Is this the course of action which we have agreed upon lawful, is it legal, is it ethical or moral?”

── William Sullivan, head of the FBI’s Domestic Intelligence Division under FBI director J. Edgar Hoover(1)

Editor’s Note: A slightly different version of this article appeared in the Women Against Military Madness Newsletter, Volume 33, Number 5, Fall I 2015.

Betty Medsger’s The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI is the story of the Citizens Commission to Investigate the FBI, the courageous activists who broke into an FBI office on March 8, 1971 in the small town of Media, Pennsylvania, 12 miles from Philadelphia. Medsger tells the story of the break-in and of those involved at the same time examining…

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