Court Orders Spy Agency Files Opened

Type 
Newspaper Article
Year 
1996
Creator(s) 
Date 
Fri, 06/14/1996
Doc # 
1EKI04.01
Abstract 

This newspaper article details the making public of the defunct Mississippi Sovereignty Commission’s files. The author notes that during the 1950s and 1960s the Commission, a segregationist spy agency, spied on, harassed, and libeled civil rights activists. Whereas Rita Schwerner Bender, wife of the late Michael Schwerner, argues that the documents should be opened, Ed King is fighting to protect the names of individuals listed in the Commission files. U.S. District Judge William H. Barbour has a plan for an eight-month process to make the files public. Those mentioned in the files would be offered a chance to respond. The article also lists several other secret documents obtained by The Clarion-Ledger.

Additional information 

Document Description: two-page photocopy of newspaper article; located in PLT Archive folder "Ed King 1996; Sovereignty Commission".

Rights 
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