15 Nov 2016 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm
Annenberg Room 109
Open to the Public
On November 15th at 6 PM, MARC will be screening the documentary 1971 about the Citizen’s Commission to Investigate the FBI, who broke in to an FBI field office to steal the documents that revealed the extent of FBI's illegal surveillance against dissident groups. The panel discussion after the screening will include three of the members of Citizen’s Commission as well as their lawyer.
Please make sure to RSVP here.
On March 8, 1971 eight ordinary citizens broke into an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, a town just outside Philadelphia, took hundreds of secret files, and shared them with the public. In doing so, they uncovered the FBI’s vast and illegal regime of spying and intimidation of Americans exercising their First Amendment rights.
Told though a combination of exclusive interviews, rare primary documents from the break-in and investigation, national news coverage of the burglary and dramatic re-creations, the story of the Citizens’ Commission unfolds, with haunting echoes to today’s questions of privacy in the era of government surveillance.
The subjects joining us on the 15th:
- Keith Forsyth was the master lock picker for the Citizens' Commission during the break-in.
- Bonnie Raines, who cased the inside of the FBI office for the Citizens' Commission providing invaluable intelligence for the break-in.
- John Raines drove one of the getaway cars. He planned the rollout after the break in, including the release of documents to the press.
- David Kairys, a professor of constitutional law at Temple Law School, who has represented the Citizens’ Commission for the last 40 years.
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