In 1975, The US Senate's "Church Committee", officially known as The United States Senate Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities, launched a series of investigations into the abuses by US government agencies such as the FBI, CIA, NSA, IRS and others. Part of the committee's investigation examined the Federal Bureau of Investigation's "war" against Civil Rights Leader Martin Luther King, Jr. That investigation produced a case study detailing the dangerous and often unconstitutional actions that J. Edgar Hoover's FBI took against Dr. King. This audiobook contains that case study.
The FBI collected information about Dr. King's plans and activities through an extensive surveillance program, employing nearly every intelligence-gathering technique at the Bureau's disposal. Wiretaps, which were initially approved by Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, were maintained on Dr. King's home telephone from October 1963 until mid-1965; the SCLC headquarters' telephones were covered by wiretaps for an even longer period. Phones in the homes and offices of some of Dr. King's close advisers were also wiretapped. The FBI has acknowledged 16 occasions on which microphones were hidden in Dr. King's hotel and motel rooms.