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.
Locally, the New England Resistance was planning a demonstration on the Boston Common with an estimated 10,000 people to attend – including Professor Zinn and a relatively youthful Noam Chomsky.
To gather the “best possible evidence” regarding anti-draft rallies, the Boston office was requesting funds to hire the independent photographer ██████.
The Boston office had used ██████’s equipment and services before, they’d been quite satisfied …
and, all things considered, ██████ worked pretty cheap.
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