The FBI took surveillance photos as the activists planned for the action as well as on the night of the break-in.
Robert Hardy reported to his FBI contacts on a daily basis. Their conversations were recorded and later transcribed by stenographers at the FBI. During the trial, the transcribed copies of the daily briefings became know as the “Hardy Reports.” Although the defense repeatedly asked that the reports be entered into evidence, Judge Fisher refused to admit them.
This FBI memo was written by Robert Mardian, assistant Attorney General and head of the Department of Justice's internal-security division. Mardian reported directly to John Mitchell.
These photos were taken inside the draft board after the activists were arrested.
News of the arrests made the front page of the New
York Times and was reported in that week’s Newsweek and Time magazines.
But the arrests especially electrified the Camden area.
As the FBI prepared to apprehend the Camden activists,
officials discussed which major government officials should be notified
after the arrests were made. Henry Kissinger appeared on their list.
The activists released the following statement while
in jail awaiting their bail hearings.
Robert Hardy had been expected to be the government’s
star witness. Instead, he wrote an affidavit for the activists in which
he maintained that the FBI had helped carry out the action by enlisting
him as an agent provocateur.
Each of the defendants made an opening statement to
the court. The following is an excerpt from Fr. Michael Doyle.
The trial of the Camden 28 lasted 63 days, from February
5 – May 20, 1973. This is the trial’s witness index list.
(source: “Peace Warriors: The Story of the Camden 28”)
An excerpt from the trial transcript of May 20, 1973.
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