Decades before WikiLeaks and Edward Snowden, there was The Citizens' Commission to Investigate the FBI. In 1971, eight ordinary citizens covertly entered a small FBI field office in Media, Pennsylvania, stole over 1000 classified documents and leaked them to the public. What they uncovered shocked the world—illegal surveillance programs and intimidation campaigns targeting law-abiding Americans—and initiated a Congressional investigation of the previously unaccountable and untouchable FBI. Despite a nationwide manhunt, the culprits were never found and never came forward…until now. Forty-four years after the theft, the members of The Citizens’ Commission reveal their identities in this thrilling story of civil disobedience, privacy and democracy that begs the question, ‘who watches the watchmen?’
Director Johanna Hamilton will participate in a Skype Q&A on March 8, at 6:30 p.m.