Interview with Mary Frances Berry
QUESTION 17
JACKIE SHEARER:

OK, so now, heading into the homestretch, um, I wanna, um, ask you the question about, um, the Panthers, and, um, then we'll do COINTELPRO and then Attica, and then that's it.

MARY FRANCIS BERRY:

OK, you ready?

JACKIE SHEARER:

Almost.


MARY FRANCIS BERRY:

Tell me when you're ready. Many of us thought. Many of us thought, in the, ah, sixties, ah, that, especially with the activities of the Black Panthers and other organizations in the mid- and late-60s that the FBI and intelligence agents were everywhere and also with the anti-war movement, and we would tell each other stories about them spreading disinformation, and, um, and the sowing dissension in the ranks, but, and about them even perpetrating activities which led to the death of some people. But we didn't know that it was all true. And so when we found out later that in fact these counter-intelligence activities were going on, it wasn't a surprise. It's despicable, but it was not a surprise.