LAWFUEL – The Legal Newswire – The National Law Enforcement Museum isn’t scheduled to open for another four years. But it doesn’t need a bricks-and-mortar building to provide access to interviews of FBI agents about big cases on which they’ve worked.
Surprisingly candid interview transcripts will be posted by the end of 2008 on the museum’s Web site, reports the Washington Post. Subjects discussed include the Watergate investigation, Cold War counterespionage and the Ku Klux Klan.
The site will serve as the official repository for the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI, whose Web site also discusses the oral history project.
Six transcripts are already up on the Society of Former Agents’ Web site, http://www.socxfbi.org. In one, former agent Joseph F. Campisi talks about working in Buenos Aires for 18 months starting in summer 1941, when he intercepted Nazi spies coming out of Germany. In another, former agent Dallas A. Johnson talks of the bureau’s failed attempt at using secret ink for codes in the New York bureau in 1940. In a third, former agent Allan Gillies describes finding 99 cut diamonds in the watch pocket of a German spy when Gillies arrested him in 1945.
The former agents’ site will link to the National Law Enforcement Museum site by the end of 2008.