Tuesday, July 11, 2017

During the Vietnam War, FBI used the press as a cover to “avoid embarrassment” while surveilling protests

Files on Howard Zinn show the Bureau hiring a freelance photographer to capture Selective Service protest on Boston Common

A memo from Howard Zinn’s FBI file shows how the Bureau relied on third-party contractors and press coverage to avoid scrutiny of its surveillance of Vietnam protestors.

Near the end of the first section of Zinn’s file, released after a FOIA request by Chris Caesar, is an April 1968 memo from the FBI’s Boston office regarding a coordinated nationwide protest against the draft.


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