PHILADELPHIA — The perfect crime is far easier to pull off when nobody is watching.

So on a night nearly 43 years ago, while Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier bludgeoned each other over 15 rounds in a televised title bout viewed by millions around the world, burglars took a lock pick and a crowbar and broke into a Federal Bureau of Investigation office in a suburb of Philadelphia, making off with nearly every document inside.

They were never caught, and the stolen documents that they mailed anonymously to newspaper reporters were the first trickle of what would become a flood of revelations about extensive spying and dirty-tricks operations by the F.B.I. against dissident groups.

The burglary in Media, Pa., on March 8, 1971, is a historical echo today, as disclosures by the former National Security Agency contractor Edward J. Snowden have cast another unflattering light on government spying and opened a national debate about the proper limits of government surveillance. The burglars had, until now, maintained a vow of silence about their roles in the operation.

See also: Bonnie Raines, one of the burglars, tells the story in her own words.

The home is an example of what social scientists call a “sacred space,” one that we fill with material things but also with meaning. It’s where we engage in private family rituals — eating, praying, loving — and it’s where we let our guard down. It’s a place where we set the terms and have control. Failing to govern that space and keep it safe creates a feeling of not only insecurity but profound inadequacy.

The post-traumatic stress of home burglary

What would burglars take if they broke into your home? For one writer, material losses pale in comparison to the psychological.

Grand Jury Indicts Newly Elected Ohio Tea Party Representative On Three Felony Counts (VIDEO)

Grand Jury Indicts Newly Elected Ohio Tea Party Representative On Three Felony Counts (VIDEO)

An Ottawa County, Ohio Grand Jury recently indicted newly elected Tea Party state representative, Steven Kraus, on three felony charges. The Grand Jury found that there is probable cause to try Kraus for burglary, theft and breaking and entering.

Kraus, who made his living as a real estate agent and auctioneer prior to being elected as an Ohio state representative on November 4, 2014, was seen…

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