Professor Emerita Medsger Discusses Discovery of Secret FBI

April 17, 2014

GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- Students, who had previously read Medsger’s book “The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI,” highlighted different points of Medsger’s talk that affected them the most. “It was really interesting. I hadn’t heard about that story before,” Peter Snarr, a junior journalism student, read Medsger’s book in one of his classes and wanted to hear her speak. “It was interesting to see how this stuff reprints itself because the Snowden stuff came out and it’s pretty much the exact same thing, like Snowden is obviously Internet surveillance and this is kind of like paper trails,” Snarr said. Medsger was an SF State professor for 17 years, leaving in 1994. She taught ethics, where she shared parts of her story with her students. “We would talk about what if somebody steals information and gives it to you,” she said. “And we would have fun discussing what are the ethical issues, what are the legal issues, then I would reveal my own experiences.”