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The story of a notorious 1971 activist burglary of an FBI office that led to the Bureau's numerous abuses against dissidents being exposed.

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Johanna Hamilton
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bonnie Raines Bonnie Raines ... Herself (as Bonnie)
John Raines John Raines ... Himself (as John)
Bob Williamson Bob Williamson ... Himself (as Bob)
Keith Forsyth Keith Forsyth ... Himself (as Keith)
Bill Davidon Bill Davidon ... Himself (as Bill)
Betty Medsger Betty Medsger ... Herself, reporter, The Washington Post
Terry Neist Terry Neist ... Himself, former FBI agent
Athan Theoharis Athan Theoharis ... Himself, professor of history, Marquette University
J. Edgar Hoover ... Himself, director of the FBI (archive footage)
Sanford Ungar Sanford Ungar ... Himself, journalist
Benjamin C. Bradlee ... Himself, executive editor, The Washington Post (archive footage)
Katharine Graham ... Herself, publisher, The Washington Post (archive footage)
George McGovern ... Himself, senator, South Dakota (archive footage)
Bob Dole ... Himself, senator, Kansas (archive footage)
Richard Nixon ... Himself (archive footage)
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On March 8th, 1971, eight ordinary citizens broke into an FBI office in Media, PA. Calling themselves the Citizens' Commission to Investigate the FBI, they removed every file in the office. Mailed anonymously, the stolen documents started to show up in newsrooms. The heist yielded a trove of damning evidence. The most significant revelation was COINTELPRO, a controversial, secret, illegal surveillance program overseen by lifelong Bureau director J. Edgar Hoover. Despite one of the largest investigations ever conducted, the FBI was unable to catch the burglars. Those responsible have never revealed their identities. Until now. For the first time the burglars have decided to speak about their actions. 1971 is their story, examining the consequences and implications of their actions - then and now. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 2014 (USA) See more »

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In the recreation of the crime scene which occurs during the Ali - Frazier fight of March 8th 1971, there are cut aways to another person in the building watching the fight. The fight was closed circuit only, and there was no cable TV in 1971, so anybody wanting to see the fight live either had to be in the arena or in theaters and auditoriums broadcasting the fight for a fee. See more »

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Foxy Devil
Performed by Luther Ingram & The G-Men
Smash Records
Re-released in 1971 following the revelations of the Media Buglary
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A microcosm that became a macrocosm...
26 November 2015 | by brooksrob1See all my reviews

An amazing story that many of us from that era have little exposure to...There was so much going on, this one slipped under the rug...

What these young people did in 71 was expose, for the first time, the seedy underbelly of the security apparatchik-publicly...

If you enjoy true exposes, especially when it comes to government malfeasance, this is a great and interesting glance at the tip of the iceberg...Hopefully, it leads to a greater understanding of what we are truly up against as a society...The paranoia of the system is astounding to behold...

We need to continue our vigilance and this movie should give you the courage to do something...Anything...We owe it to our progeny.


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