One of those subjects is Ramon Bosque-Perez, a sociologist and the researcher now leading the effort at the Hunter center to preserve the F.B.I. historical trove.
was one of the authors of a 1997 book on the Puerto Rican police dossiers, known as "carpetas."
said the first inkling that he
was under investigation came in the late 1960's, when he
was still in high school and politically active.
Two plainclothes police officers visited his
said, and advised her
to keep him out of trouble.
When Mr. Bosque-Perez, who later became president of the main pro-independence group at the University of Puerto Rico, claimed his surveillance files, he learned that he had been tracked through the early 1980's.
files recorded his
arrest for refusing to register for the draft and his
participation in public events beginning in high school, he
much bulkier police dossier, running more than 2,000 pages, he
said, included such minutiae as the license plates of the cars he
drove and a partial guest list of a wedding he
"The extent of the invasion of privacy and of the threat to the basic right of citizens to express themselves politically was surprising," said Mr. Bosque-Perez, who said it took him 10 years to obtain his bachelor's degree because his political activities led to frequent suspensions by college administrators.