Wednesday, May 28, 2014
National Constitution Center
On March 8, 1971, eight ordinary citizens calling themselves the Citizens’ Commission to Investigate the FBI, broke into an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, 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.
For the first time, the members of the Citizens’ Commission have decided to come forward and speak out about their actions. 1971 is their story.
This symposium is proud to host a special preview screening of this new film. A discussion panel featuring the filmmaker, members of the Media burglary team, and their attorney, will follow the screening.
6 - 6:15 p.m. Registration
6:15 - 8 p.m. Special Preview Screening of 1971 Followed By Discussion Panel
8 - 9 p.m. Reception
The FBI was unaccountable and untouchable until 1971, when a group of ordinary citizens uncovered its illegal domestic spying programs.
These actions exposed COINTELPRO, the FBI's illegal surveillance program that involved the intimidation of law-abiding Americans and helped lead to the country's first Congressional investigation of U.S. intelligence agencies.
Jeffrey L. Vagle
Chair, Cyberspace Law Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association Pepper Hamiliton LLP
• Keith Forsyth
Member, Citizens’ Commission to Investigate the FBI
• Johanna Hamilton
Documentarian and Creator of 1971
• David Kairys Professor of Law
Temple University Beasley School of Law
• Betty Medsger
Former Washington Post reporter and Journalism Department Chair, San Francisco State University, Author, The Burglary
• Bonnie Raines
Member, Citizens' Commission to Investigate the FBI
• John Raines
Professor of Religion, Temple University, Member, Citizens' Commission to Investigate the FBI
Pepper Hamilton LLP, Temple University Beasley School of Law and the National Constitution Center present “Worthwhile Tradeoffs": Surveillance in a Constitutional Democracy. The second program of a two part symposium.