Interview with Tom Hayden
QUESTION 21
INTERVIEWER:

UH, WHEN, WHAT, WHAT DID THIS, WHAT DID THIS TELL YOU, WHAT DID THIS MAKE YOU FEEL ABOUT THIS?

Tom Hayden:

Well I think the lesson th—-uh, that was learned very uh, rapidly was that the FBI in the South could not be counted upon to enforce the Constitution, that they had other priorities. And that secondly, uh, they were doing everything they could uh, to distort the true aims of the movement and uh, cast negative uh, aspersions on Dr. King and, and others. How far this reached into the Justice Department or the Kennedy administration, we didn't know, but it certainly uh, tarnished our original belief that the federal government, particularly with its law enforcement arm would be there uh, to uh, uh, uh, stop the violence and ensure the right to vote. We were very much on our own, now that was the conclusion that we drew.