Betty Medsger: Exposing domestic surveillance, anno 1971

June 12, 2014
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Betty Medsger, 2014 Susman Lecturer, New York City, June 6 2014. Photo Len Tsou.

Betty Medsger, 2014 Susman Lecturer, New York City, June 6 2014. Photo Len Tsou.

On June 6, journalist Betty Medsger delivered the annual Susman Lecture, based on her recent book The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI. Medsger’s book features the never-before-told full story of the history-changing break-in at the FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, in 1971. The burglars were a group of unlikely activists—quiet, ordinary, hardworking Americans—who revealed a shocking truth, confirming what some had long suspected: that J. Edgar Hoover had created and was operating, in violation of the U.S. Constitution, his own shadow Bureau of Investigation. The lecture honors ALBA’s founder, the Lincoln veteran Bill Susman. See the entire lecture here:

 

Betty Medsger ALBA Susman Lecture 2014 from Sebastiaan Faber on Vimeo.

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