The story of the 1971 break in of the FBI office in Media and its lessons for government surveillance
January 14, 2014
Guests: Betty Medsger, Bonnie Raines and John Raines
On March 8, 1971, Philadelphians BONNIE AND JOHN RAINES were two of eight people who broke into the FBIâ€™s Media, PA, office and stole files about the bureauâ€™s surveillance programs. The documents, which offered proof that the agency was engaged in an extensive counterintelligence program to target and harass anti-war and civil rights activists, were sent anonymously to several reporters and government officials including BETTY MEDSGER, a writer for the Washington Post. Incredibly, the crime went unsolved and it was only recently, with the publication of Medsgerâ€™s new book, The Burglary, that the names of people responsible for the break-in were revealed. Joining us to talk about the story, the burglary and the lessons it offers when it comes to the governmentâ€™s current surveillance programs are Bonnie and Howard Raines and author Betty Medsger.