The Burglary That Exposed FBI Surveillance

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John Edgar Hoover, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the United States, gives a speech during a testimony before the senate internal security committee, on November 17, 1953.
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On March 8, 1971, a small group of activists that called themselves the Citizens' Commission to Investigate the FBI staged a break-in of FBI offices in Media, Pennsylvania.

The files they discovered there revealed that J. Edgar Hoover had authorized the wide-scale surveillance and intimidation of anti-war protesters and other dissident groups.

The story of the burglary and the activists behind it is chronicled in former Washington Post journalist Betty Medsger's new book, “The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret F.B.I." Medsger and burglars John and Bonnie Raines spoke with Retro Report producer Bonnie Bertram for a new piece looking back on that break-in and its consequences.