Historian Jon Wiener was a consultant on the new documentary The U.S. vs. John Lennon, which opens in limited release Friday. Wiener spent 14 years fighting to gain access to the FBI's secret files on the former Beatle. This interview originally aired on Jan. 25, 2000.
The National Security Archive is a repository for intelligence documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. Its contents include papers related to the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Iran-Contra affair --and, more recently, to pre-9/11 warnings about Osama bin Laden. It is led by Tom Blanton.