Watched by the FBI... Andres Torres teaches in the Latin American, Latino, and Puerto Rican Studies Department. As a member of the radical Puerto Rican Socialist Party (PSP) in the 1970s and 80s, Professor Torres always suspected that he was under surveillance by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for his political activities. Yet, the extent of how much he was being monitored didn’t become clear until he made a Freedom of Information (FOI) request in 2006. Torres acquired 1,100 pages of FBI documents that tracked the minute details of his life and whereabouts during those decades, including meetings, marches, pickets, rent parties—and even picnics.
Torres, today a lecturer in Latin American, Latino and Puerto Rican Studies at Lehman, was reminded of the events of his past after the New York Times published a story in June on the New York Police Department’s extensive surveillance of high profile radical groups including The Black Panthers and The Young Lords during the same era. Click the link in the bio for the story. #FBI #PSP #surveillence