Standing Up to Government Spying, Then and Now

bonnie raines sketch

1971 FBI sketch of Bonnie Raines

“If we don’t do it, nobody will.” If nobody will stand up to J. Edgar Hoover, we must. That was the underlying theme some 40+ years ago when the United States government’s FBI was spying on American citizens and no one would step forth to put a stop to it. Half a century ago.

The perpetrators who burgled an FBI office to gain documentation on government spying on its citizens came forth this week. They say Edward Snowden’s recent disclosures of similar conspiracy-driven spying on citizens prompted them to come forward. That and the statute of limitations running out so they couldn’t be prosecuted.

What were you doing in 1971?