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Betty Medsger is an author and investigative reporter. Medsger is the author of several books, including The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI. Medsger was instrumental in uncovering the work of COINTELPRO and secret activities by the FBI. She is the former chair of the Department of Journalism and Professor Emerita at San Francisco State University.

J. Edgar Hoover Operated a Shadow FBI Engaged in Illegal Surveillance: Exposing the Secret (2014)

Read the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/search?ie=U… https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betty_M… Joyce Haber (1931–1993) was an American gossip columnist who worked for the Los Angeles Times. Haber was one of Hollywood’s last powerful gossip columnists who “were capable of canonizing a film or destroying a star”. She took over the old job of Hedda Hopper. Haber left the Times in 1976 to write a roman a clef titled The Users. It was her only novel, rose to the top of the New York Times Bestseller List, and was made into a tele-film with the same name. She was married to television producer Douglas S. Cramer from 1966-1972 and had two children, Douglas S. Cramer III and Courtney Cramer, with him. In 1994, Cramer attempted to produce a two-act play about their marriage entitled The Last Great Dish but failed to get it off the ground. Haber was instrumental in an FBI black-op that led to the suicide of actor Jean Seberg. According to Washington Post journalist Betty Medsger (The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI, published 2014), Haber agreed in 1970 to plant an unfounded rumour in her column to the effect that Seberg’s pregnancy was the result of a liaison with a leader of the Black Panther Party. This was to be in retaliation for Seberg’s public support of the Black Panther Party. Seberg miscarried shortly afterwards, and thereafter suffered from depression which ultimately led to her suicide in 1979. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joyce_H… The Citizens’ Commission to Investigate the FBI was an activist group operational in the US during the early 1970s. Their only known action was breaking into a two-man Media, Pennsylvania, office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and stealing over 1,000 classified documents. They then mailed these documents anonymously to several US newspapers to expose numerous illegal FBI operations which were infringing on the First Amendment rights of American civilians. Most news outlets initially refused to publish the information, saying it related to ongoing operations and that disclosure might have threatened the lives of agents or informants. However, The Washington Post, after affirming the veracity of the files which the Commission sent them, ran a front-page story on March 24, 1971, at which point other media organizations followed suit. “The complete collection of political documents ripped off from the F.B.I. office in Media, Pa., March 8, 1971” was published for the first time as the March 1972 issue of WIN Magazine, a journal associated with the War Resisters League. The documents revealed the COINTELPRO operation, and led to the Church Committee and the cessation of this operation by the FBI. Noam Chomsky has stated: According to its analysis of the documents in this FBI office, 1 percent were devoted to organized crime, mostly gambling; 30 percent were “manuals, routine forms, and similar procedural matter”; 40 percent were devoted to political surveillance and the like, including two cases involving right-wing groups, ten concerning immigrants, and over 200 on left or liberal groups. Another 14 percent of the documents concerned draft resistance and “leaving the military without government permission.” The remainder concerned bank robberies, murder, rape, and interstate theft.[1] The theft resulted in the exposure of some of the FBI’s most self-incriminating documents, including several documents detailing the FBI’s use of postal workers, switchboard operators, etc., in order to spy on black college students and various non-violent black activist groups. Some 40 years after their successful infiltration, some of the perpetrators decided to go public. In 2014, Betty Medsger’s book The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret F.B.I. was released, which contains the burglars’ description of the burglary and revealed the identities of five of the eight burglars. Filmmaker Johanna Hamilton also made a documentary titled 1971 (2014). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citizen… John Curtis Raines (October 27, 1933 in Minneapolis – November 12, 2017) was an American professor, activist, and whistleblower. He was a member of the Citizens’ Commission to Investigate the FBI, which stole documents from an FBI office and exposed illegal activity and abuses of power, including COINTELPRO. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_C….

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