FBI Files: Directors, Agents and Personnel of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

Background

The following are FBI files of prominent FBI figures and agents.

Many of the files are broken into different parts, for easier downloading. Many also have “bookmarks” in the .pdf showing the different sections available on each file.

FBI Files

 Gunderson, Theodore – [2,320 Pages, 117.6MB ] – Theodore L. Gunderson (November 7, 1928 – July 31, 2011) was an American Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent In Charge and head of the Los Angeles FBI. According to his son, he worked the case of Marilyn Monroe and the John F. Kennedy cases. He was the author of the best-selling book How to Locate Anyone Anywhere.
Smoot, Howard Dan– [2,030 Pages, 1.2GB] – Please note: VERY large file size – Howard Drummond Smoot, known as Dan Smoot (October 5, 1913, in East Prairie, Mississippi County, Missouri – July 24, 2003, in Tyler, Smith County, Texas), was a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent and a conservative political activist. From 1957 to 1971, he published The Dan Smoot Report, which chronicled alleged communist infiltration in various sectors of American government and society.
Society of Former Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Society of Former Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation – [ File #1File #2 | File #3 | File #4 | File #5 | File #6 | File #7 | File #8 | File #9 | File #10 | File #11 | File #12 ] – [ 3,047 Total Pages ] – The Society of Former Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (SFSAFBI) is the official world-wide benevolent service organization for former Special Agents of the FBI. In 1972, the Society was called “Mr. Hoover’s Loyal Legion” by Nation Magazine. The Society of Former Special Agents was founded in 1937, and its membership, restricted to former Special Agents of the FBI, has grown to almost eight thousand men and women who previously served as Special Agents of the FBI. Located in Dumfries, Virginia, it has 129 nationwide chapters. Through the Former Agents of the FBI Foundation, created by the Society to further its charitable work, it has established several law enforcement awards, including the “Louis E. Peters Memorial Award,” which is jointly awarded by it and the FBI, and is the highest public service award recognized by the FBI. (Source: Ernie Lazar)
Wackenhut, George – [1,747 Pages, 168.6MB] – George Russell Wackenhut, (September 3, 1919 – December 31, 2004) was the founder of the Wackenhut private security corporation. In 1951, Wackenhut joined the FBI as a special agent in Indianapolis and Atlanta, handling counterfeit money and bad-check cases and tracking down Army deserters. He resigned in 1954 to launch Special Agent Investigations in Coral Gables, Florida, with three other former agents – William Stanton, A. Kenneth Altschul and Miami lawyer and FBI agent Ed Du Bois, Jr.,  Following an infamous in-office fist fight with Du Bois in 1955, a professional split occurred and Du Bois went on to form his own company, Investigators, Inc., focusing on private investigations. In 1958, Wackenhut bought out his remaining partners, renamed the company after himself and expanded into the security guard field, and went public in 1965.
Wackenhut Wackenhut Corporation – FBI Release #1 – [ File #1 51.0MB | File #2 19.09MB | File #3 30.36MB | File #4 20.36MB ] – [ 1,023 Total Pages ]
 Wackenhut Corporation – FBI Release #2 – [488 Pages, 168.6MB]The Wackenhut Corporation was founded in 1954, in Coral Gables, Florida, by George Wackenhut and three partners (all former FBI agents). In 2002 the company was acquired for $570 million by Danish corporation Group 4 Falck (itself then merged to form British company G4S in 2004). In 2010, G4S Wackenhut changed its name to G4S Secure Solutions (USA) to reflect the new business model.  

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CARNIVORE (DCS1000) — FBI Files on Their Email and Electronic Communication Monitoring Software

Background

Carnivore, later renamed DCS1000, was a system implemented by the Federal Bureau of Investigation that was designed to monitor email and electronic communications. It used a customizable packet sniffer that can monitor all of a target user’s Internet traffic. Carnivore was implemented in October 1997. By 2005 it had been replaced with improved commercial software.

In June of 2018, I requested all FBI documents about the system. In July of 2018, I received the first release of records. The request is still open for additional records to be released. This page will be updated once complete.

Document Archive

 FBI Release #1 on CARNIVORE – [608 Pages, 377MB] 

 



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FBI Files – Cold War Era

Background

The following list of documents pertain to FBI files and the Cold War era. They were obtained from the FBI under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

Communist Index – FBI File 100-HQ-358086 – [1,204 Pages, 864.2MB] – This file is numbered 100-HQ-358086, and appears to be titled, “Communist Index” though some of the records vary. The records deal with suspected communists throughout various locales in the United States.
Communist Party, USA in Soviet Intelligence, February 1953 – [62 Pages, 5.2MB]
yuri nosenko Nosenko, Yuri – [325 Pages, 15.2MB] – FOIA Case File & Processing Notes [28 Pages, 13.5MB] – Lt. Col. Yuri Ivanovich Nosenko (Russian: Юрий Иванович Носенко; October 30, 1927 – August 23, 2008) was a KGB defector and a figure of significant controversy within the U.S. intelligence community, since his claims contradicted another defector, Anatoliy Golitsyn, who believed he was a KGB plant.  The harsh treatment he received as part of the early US interrogation was one of the “abuses” documented in the Central Intelligence Agency “Family Jewels” documents in 1973.  Nosenko claimed that he could provide important negative information about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, affirming that he had personally handled a review of the case of Lee Harvey Oswald, who had lived in the Soviet Union prior to the Kennedy assassination. Nosenko said that, while the KGB had conducted surveillance of Oswald, it had never tried to recruit him. This issue was critical because KGB involvement with Oswald might suggest Soviet involvement in the Kennedy assassination – a prospect that could have propelled the Cold War into a nuclear war. Nosenko insisted that after interviewing Oswald it was decided that he was not intelligent enough and also “too mentally unstable,” a “nut,” and therefore unsuitable for intelligence work. Nosenko also stated that the KGB had never questioned Oswald about information he might have gained as a U.S. Marine, including work as an aviation electronics operator at Naval Air Facility Atsugi in Japan. According to the FBI, additional records which may have existed on Nosenko, were destroyed.
john paisley Paisley, John Arthur – [291 Pages, 19.1MB] – John Arthur Paisley (August 25, 1923 – September 24, 1978) was a former official of the Central Intelligence Agency. Paisley served in the CIA from 1963 to 1974.  During his career, he was heavily involved in Soviet operations. Paisley retired as deputy director in the Office of Strategic Research, the branch that monitored Soviet military movements and nuclear capabilities.  Please note: Additional records may exist, which have been requested. Check back on this page for further additions.
Soviet Diplomatic Activities – [437 Pages, 217.0MB] – This is the partially declassified FBI File: 65-HQ-30092, Soviet Diplomatic Activities. The entire file consists of tens of thousands of pages, and will take thousands of dollars to get declassified. I had amended my request to receive just the documents that had been reviewed and declassified thus far, and as of January of 2017 – this was 100% of the file that had been declassified thus far.

 

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Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Files on Alexander Shulgin

Background

According to Wikipedia:

Alexander Theodore “Sasha” Shulgin (June 17, 1925 – June 2, 2014) was an American medicinal chemist, biochemist, organic chemist, pharmacologist, psychopharmacologist, and author. He is credited with introducing MDMA (“ecstasy” or “molly”) to psychologists in the late 1970s for psychopharmaceutical use and for the discovery, synthesis and personal bioassay of over 230 psychoactive compounds for their psychedelic and entactogenic potential. In 1991 and 1997, he and his wife Ann Shulgin authored the books PIHKAL and TIHKAL (standing for Phenethylamines and Tryptamines I Have Known And Loved), which extensively described their work and personal experiences with these two classes of psychoactive drugs.

Shulgin performed seminal work into the descriptive synthesis of many of these compounds. Some of Shulgin’s noteworthy discoveries include compounds of the 2C* family (such as 2C-B) and compounds of the DOx family (such as DOM). Due in part to Shulgin’s extensive work in the field of psychedelic research and the rational drug design of psychedelic drugs, he has since been dubbed the “godfather of psychedelics”.

In February of 2018, I requested FBI records and DEA records on Shulgin. The FBI in FOIA Case 1309368-000 gave a “no records” response, but the DEA released the below files.

Document Archive

 Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Files on Alexander Shulgin [237 Pages, 83.9MB]



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Bigger than Roswell? Top secret CIA files unearth hidden UFO sightings

The declassified documents detail a catalogue of mysterious encounters with flying saucers and aliens.

In reports going back decades, stunned witnesses describe strange crafts moving at speed through the skies.

Others mention meetings with shadowy figures or bizarre recordings of noises in space.

And if they’re to be believed, the accounts are more incredible than the supposed alien crash at Roswell.

A file from 1952 gives the sworn testimony of Oskar Linke, the former mayor of Gleimershausen in Germany.

Continue reading Bigger than Roswell? Top secret CIA files unearth hidden UFO sightings at Alien UFO Sightings.

FBI Files: Civil Rights

Background

Movements for civil rights were a worldwide series of political movements for equality before the law that peaked in the 1960s. In many situations it took the form of campaigns of civil resistance aimed at achieving change through nonviolent forms of resistance. In some situations it was accompanied, or followed, by civil unrest and armed rebellion. The process was long and tenuous in many countries, and many of these movements did not fully achieve their goals, although the efforts of these movements did lead to improvements in the legal rights of previously oppressed groups of people.

Below are files of prominent people and events.

 

Declassified Civil Rights Movement FBI Files

The following file is archived here for historical reference, and may contain language and references that are offensive to some people.

The Communist Party and the Negro, February 1953 – [ 114 Pages, 4.75 MB ] – Excerpt: Since its organization in this country in 1919, the Communist Party, USA, has devoted an inordinate portion of its time, funds, propaganda and personnel to recruiting members from among the fifteen million Negroes who comprise almost ten percent of our total population. The failure of its efforts in this respect is best attested to by the fact that it can be estimated that there are at present only 1,994 active, disciplined, dues-paying Negro members in the Communist Party. Of course, in addition to this figure,  there are approximately 18,000 other Negroes who have some contact with the Party, and its front groups, and who, to a certain degree, influenced directly or -indirectly by its program, propaganda and agitation.

 

16th St. Church Bombing16th Street Baptist Church Bombing – [ 242 Pages, 12.45 MB ] – The 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama was bombed on Sunday, September 15, 1963 as an act of racially motivated terrorism. The explosion at the African-American church, which killed four girls, marked a turning point in the United States 1960s Civil Rights Movement and contributed to support for passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
2016-08-16_8-30-55Abernathy, Ralph – [1,558 Pages, 52MB] – Ralph David Abernathy, Sr. (March 11, 1926 – April 17, 1990) was a leader of the Civil Rights Movement, a minister, and Martin Luther King Jr.’s closest friend. In 1955, he collaborated with King to create the Montgomery Improvement Association, which would lead to the Montgomery Bus Boycott. In 1957, Abernathy co-founded, and was an executive board member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). Following the assassination of King, Abernathy became president of the SCLC. As president of the SCLC, he led the Poor People’s Campaign in Washington, D.C. during 1968. Abernathy also served as an advisory committee member of the Congress on Racial Equality (CORE). He later returned to the ministry, and in 1989 — the year before his death — Abernathy wrote, And the Walls Came Tumbling Down: An Autobiography, a controversial autobiography about his and King’s involvement in the civil rights movement.
Lillie Belle AllenAllen, Lillie Belle – [ 45 Pages, 1.39 MB ] – On July 21, Lillie Belle Allen, a black woman from Aiken, S.C., who was visiting York with her parents, was riding in a car driven by her sister, Hattie Dickinson. Dickinson turned the car onto North Newberry Street and was looking for a grocery store when she saw a man with a gun leaning out of a second-story window. Multiple members of two all-white gangs, the Newberry Street Boys and the Girarders, were on the street that night, and many of them were armed. Dickinson began to turn around in the intersection of Newberry Street and Gay Avenue but the car stalled. As more armed white men began coming onto their porches, Dickinson panicked. Her parents, who were in the back seat, beging praying. Her older sister, Lillie Belle Allen, jumped out of the car to get to the driver’s seat and take the wheel. She flailed her arms screaming, “Don’t shoot!” Multiple shooters opened fire from the street, rooftops and windows, fatally wounding Allen. More than one hundred rounds were fired at the car, and Allen was shot by several different types of bullets.
Louis AllenAllen,  Louie – [ 93 Pages, 7.87 MB ] – Louis Allen (April 25, 1919 – January 31, 1964) was an African American logger and civil rights activist in the small town of Liberty, Mississippi. He allegedly witnessed the murder of a fellow activist by a white state legislator, and was himself murdered when he approached federal authorities about the killing. Despite a consensus among investigators that Allen was killed by Amite County’s sheriff, no one has been prosecuted for the murder.

 

Marian AndersonAnderson, Marian – [ 122 Pages,  8.93MB ] – Marian Anderson (February 27, 1897 – April 8, 1993) was an African-American contralto and one of the most celebrated singers of the twentieth century. Music critic Alan Blyth said “Her voice was a rich, vibrant contralto of intrinsic beauty.” Most of her singing career was spent performing in concert and recital in major music venues and with famous orchestras throughout the United States and Europe between 1925 and 1965. Although offered roles with many important European opera companies, Anderson declined, as she had no training in acting. She preferred to perform in concert and recital only. She did, however, perform opera arias within her concerts and recitals. She made many recordings that reflected her broad performance repertoire of everything from concert literature to lieder to opera to traditional American songs and spirituals. Anderson became an important figure in the struggle for black artists to overcome racial prejudice in the United States during the mid-twentieth century.
Richard BarrettBarrett, Richard – [ 242 Pages, 12.45 MB ] – Richard Anthony Barrett Richard Anthony Barrett (1934-2010) was a leader of several white supremacist groups. In 1987, following a rally in Cummings, Georgia, Barrett received a death threat that he reported to the FBI. This release consists of five different investigations conducted between 1967 and 2003 in which Barrett was either a subject of the case or was mentioned in another investigation
James FarmerBlack Guerilla Family – [ 456 Pages, 17.18 MB ] – The Black Guerrilla Family (also known as the Black Family or the Black Vanguard) is a prison and street gang founded in 1966 by George Jackson and W.L. Nolen while they were incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison in Marin County, California, north of San Francisco.
Stokely CarmichaelCarmichael, Stokely – [ 456 Pages, 20.12 MB ] – Stokely Carmichael (also Kwame Ture; June 29, 1941 – November 15, 1998) was a Trinidadian-American black activist active in the 1960s American Civil Rights Movement. Growing up in the United States from the age of eleven, he graduated from Howard University and rose to prominence in the civil rights and Black Power movements, first as a leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC, pronounced “snick”) and later as the “Honorary Prime Minister” of the Black Panther Party.
Cesar Chavez Chavez, Cesar – [ File #1 | File #2 | File #3 | File #4 | File #5 | File #6 | File #7 | File #8 | File #9 | File #10 | File #11 | File #12 | File #13 | File #14 | File #15 | File #16 | File #17 ] – Cesar Chavez (born César Estrada Chávez, (March 31, 1927 – April 23, 1993) was an American farm worker, labor leader and civil rights activist, who, with Dolores Huerta, co-founded the National Farm Workers Association (later the United Farm Workers union, UFW).

 Dee, Ruby [1 Pages, 0.5MB] – Ruby Dee (October 27, 1922 – June 11, 2014) was an American actress, poet, playwright, screenwriter, journalist and civil rights activist. She is perhaps best known for originating the role of “Ruth Younger” in the stage and film versions of A Raisin in the Sun (1961). Her other notable film roles include The Jackie Robinson Story (1950), and Do the Right Thing (1989).

Unfortunately, the National Archives found hundreds of pages on Ruby Dee, but are charging me .80 cents per page. I am archiving this here so others know this file is available either at the NARA branch itself (reference this FOIA request and file number) or via payment. If you’d like to “sponsor” the retrieval of this document, please CONTACT me.

Dubois DuBois, William E.B. – [ File #1 | File #2 | File #3 | File #4 | File #5 ] – William E.B. DuBois, former Director of Publications of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, was of interest to the FBI due to his affiliation with communist front groups.
Medgar EvansEvers, Medgar – [ 236 Pages, 17.55 MB ] – Medgar Wiley Evers (July 2, 1925 – June 12, 1963) was an African-American civil rights activist from Mississippi involved in efforts to overturn segregation at the University of Mississippi. After returning from overseas military service in World War II and completing his secondary education, he became active in the civil rights movement. He became a field secretary for the NAACP.
Wallace FardFard, Wallace – [ File # 1 | File # 2 | File # 3 | File # 4 | File # 5 | File # 6 | File # 7 ] – Miscellaneous information about Wallace D. Fard, who is said to be the original founder of the Black Muslim movement.
James FarmerFarmer, James L. – [ 338 Pages, 18.58 MB ] – James Leonard Farmer, Jr. (January 12, 1920 – July 9, 1999) was a civil rights activist and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement. He was the initiator and organizer of the 1961 Freedom Ride, which eventually led to the desegregation of inter-state transportation in the United States. In 1942, Farmer co-founded the Committee of Racial Equality, which later became the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), an organization that sought to bring an end to racial segregation in the United States through nonviolence. Farmer was the organization’s first leader, serving as the national chairman from 1942 to 1944. He was an honorary vice chairman in the Democratic Socialists of America.
Freedom Riders Freedom Riders – [ File #1 | File #2 | File #3 | File #4 | File #5 | File #6 | File #7 | File #8 | File #9 | File #10 | File #11 | File #12 | File #13 | File #14 | File #15 | File #16 | File #17 | File #18 | File #19 | File #20 | File #21 | File #22 ] [ 4,285 Total Pages] – Freedom Riders were civil rights activists who rode interstate buses into the segregated southern United States in 1961 and following years to challenge the non-enforcement of the United States Supreme Court decisions Irene Morgan v. Commonwealth of Virginia (1946) and Boynton v. Virginia (1960), which ruled that segregated public buses were unconstitutional. The Southern states had ignored the rulings and the federal government did nothing to enforce them. The first Freedom Ride left Washington, D.C., on May 4, 1961, and was scheduled to arrive in New Orleans on May 17.
Gregory, Richard “Dick” Claxton – [3,384 Pages, 339.4MB] – Richard Claxton Gregory (October 12, 1932 – August 19, 2017) was an African-American comedian, civil rights activist, social critic, writer, entrepreneur, conspiracy theorist, and occasional actor. During the turbulent 1960s, Gregory became a pioneer in stand-up comedy for his “no-holds-barred” sets, in which he mocked bigotry and racism. He performed primarily to black audiences at segregated clubs until 1961, when he became the first black comedian to successfully cross over to white audiences, appearing on television and putting out comedy record albums.  Gregory was at the forefront of political activism in the 1960s, when he protested the Vietnam War and racial injustice. He was arrested multiple times and went on many hunger strikes. He later became a speaker and author, primarily promoting spirituality.  Gregory died of heart failure at a Washington, D.C., hospital at age 84 in August 2017.
Fannie Lou HamerHamer, Fannie Lou – [554 Pages, 28.68 MB] – Fannie Lou Hamer (1917-1977) was a voting rights activist and civil rights leader. In June 1963, she and several other voting rights activists were arrested at a Mississippi bus station. This release concerns the FBI’s investigation into possible civil rights violations relating to that arrest.
Fred HamptonHampton, Fred – [194 Pages, 8.01 MB] – Fred Hampton (August 30, 1948 – December 4, 1969) was an African-American activist and deputy chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party (BPP). He was killed while sleeping in his apartment during a raid by a tactical unit of the Cook County, Illinois State’s Attorney’s Office (SAO), in conjunction with the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Hampton’s murder was chronicled in the 1971 documentary film The Murder of Fred Hampton, as well as an episode of the critically acclaimed documentary series Eyes on the Prize.
Benjamin HooksHooks, Benjamin – [ 223 Pages, 10.65 MB ] – Benjamin Lawson Hooks (1925-2010) was a civil rights leader who served as the director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) for more than a decade. This release consists of a background investigation file with materials dated 1972-1980 and several investigative files concerning threats against Hooks or the NAACP between 1987 and 1990.
Claudia JonesJones, Claudia – [ 805 Pages, 42.85 MB ] – Claudia Cumberbatch Jones (15 February 1915—24 December 1964) was a Trinidadian journalist, who became a political activist and black nationalist through Communism.
Coretta Scott KingKing, Coretta Scott – [ 976 Pages, 19.76MB ] – Coretta Scott King (April 27, 1927 – January 30, 2006) was an American author, activist, and civil rights leader. The widow of Martin Luther King, Jr., Coretta Scott King helped lead the African-American Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. Mrs. King played a prominent role in the years after her husband’s 1968 assassination when she took on the leadership of the struggle for racial equality herself and became active in the Women’s Movement and the LGBT rights movement.
 Rodney KingKing, Rodney – [ 725 Pages, 53 MB ] – Rodney Glen King (1965-2012) was the victim of an abusive arrest by Los Angeles police officers on March 3, 1991. Two officers involved in the arrest were found guilty of depriving King of his civil rights. This 725-page release of material from the FBI’s color of law investigation consists almost exclusively of news clippings related to the case.
 MLK Jr.King, Jr., Martin Luther – [ File #1 | File #2 ] – Martin Luther King Jr. (born Michael King Jr., January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American Baptist minister and activist who was a leader in the Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs.
KKKKu Klux Klan – [ 676 Pages, 22.57 MB ] – The first Ku Klux Klan flourished in the Southern United States in the late 1860s, then died out by the early 1870s. Members adopted white costumes: robes, masks, and conical hats, designed to be outlandish and terrifying, and to hide their identities. The second KKK flourished nationwide in the early and mid-1920s, and adopted the same costumes and code words as the first Klan, while introducing cross burnings. The third KKK emerged after World War II and was associated with opposing the Civil Rights Movement and progress among minorities. The second and third incarnations of the Ku Klux Klan made frequent reference to the USA’s “Anglo-Saxon” blood, harking back to 19th-century nativism and claiming descent from the original 18th-century British colonial revolutionaries.
Lee, George Washington – [20 Pages, 13.7MB] – George Washington Lee (December 25, 1903 – May 7, 1955) was an African-American civil rights leader, minister, and entrepreneur. He was a vice president of the Regional Council of Negro Leadership and head of the Belzoni, Mississippi, branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. He was assassinated in 1955 for organizing African Americans to try to register to vote. Since 1890 they had been effectively disenfranchised in Mississippi due to a new state constitution; other states across the South passed similar acts and constitutions, excluding millions of people from the political system and establishing one-party states.
 Albert J. LingoLingo, Albert J. – [90 Pages, 29.88 MB] – Colonel Albert J. Lingo, also known as Al Lingo (January 22, 1910 – August 19, 1969) was a career Alabama Highway Patrolman who served as Director of the Alabama Department of Public Safety from 1963 to 1965, including the turbulent early 1960s years marked by marches and demonstrations that characterized the civil rights movement in the U.S. South. Lingo’s service under Alabama governor George Wallace with regard to the Selma to Montgomery marches has been characterized in a negative light, though Lingo himself disputed that characterization, stating that he was following orders as required by his oath of office. He resigned as director effective October 1, 1965, and later ran for election to be sheriff of Jefferson County, Alabama; he died at age 59 on August 17, 1969. (Source: Ernie Lazar)
Albert J. LingoLiuzzo, Viola – [ 1,535 Pages, 76.47 MB ] – Viola Fauver Gregg Liuzzo (April 11, 1925 – March 25, 1965) was a Unitarian Universalist civil rights activist from Michigan, who was murdered by Ku Klux Klan members after the 1965 Selma to Montgomery marches in Alabama. One of the Klansmen in the car from which the shots were fired was a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) informant. Liuzzo’s name is one of those inscribed on a civil rights memorial in the state capital. She died at the age of 39.
 Malcolm X Malcolm X – [ Part 01 | Part 02 | Part 03 ] – Malcom X was the Minister of the Nation of Islam up to March 1964. He left the Nation of Islam and formed the Muslim Mosque, Inc. and the Organization of Afro-American Unity. Malcom X was assassinated in 1965 while delivering a speech in New York City. Norman Butler, Thomas Johnson and Talmage Hayer were convicted of Malcom X’s murder and all three were sentenced to life in prison. The FBI investigated Malcom X to verify communist influence.
Mississippi BurningMississippi Burning (MIBURN) – [ 1,049 Pages, 55.13 MB ] – Three American civil rights’ workers, James Earl Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael “Mickey” Schwerner, were shot at close range on the night of June 21–22, 1964 by members of the Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, the Neshoba County’s Sheriff Office and the Philadelphia Police Department located in Philadelphia, Mississippi. The three had been working on the “Freedom Summer” campaign, attempting to register African Americans to vote. Their murders sparked national outrage and a massive federal investigation. The Federal Bureau of Investigation referred to this investigation as Mississippi Burning (MIBURN), and eventually found the bodies 44 days later in an earthen dam near the murder site. After the state government refused to prosecute, the federal government initially charged 18 individuals but was only able to secure convictions for seven of them, who received relatively minor sentences for their actions. However, outrage over their deaths assisted in the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
NAACPNAACP (Summary) – [ 732 Pages, 26.06 MB ] – The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is an African-American civil rights organization in the United States, formed in 1909. Its mission is “to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination”. Its name, retained in accordance with tradition, uses the once common term colored people. The NAACP bestows the annual Image Awards for achievement in the arts and entertainment, and the annual Spingarn Medals for outstanding positive achievement of any kind, on deserving black Americans. It has its headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland.
Nation of IslamNation of Islam – [ 321 Pages, 14.26 MB ] – The Nation of Islam (NOI) is a syncretic new religious movement founded in Detroit, Michigan by Wallace D. Fard Muhammad in July 1930. The Nation of Islam’s stated goals are to improve the spiritual, mental, social, and economic condition of African Americans in the United States and all of humanity. Its critics accuse it of being black supremacist[2] and antisemitic. The Southern Poverty Law Center states NOI’s “theology of innate black superiority over whites and the deeply racist, anti-Semitic and anti-gay rhetoric of its leaders have earned the NOI a prominent position in the ranks of organized hate.”
 National Council of Churches National Council of Churches – [ File #1 51.71MB | File #1A 37.24MB | File #2 17.90MB | File #3 16.69MB | File #4 16.87MB | File #5 28.59MB | File #6 26.53MB | File #7 18.98MB | File #8 32.84MB | File #9 24.15MB | File #10 30.77MB | File #11 23.28MB | File #12 30.71MB | File #13 15.52MB | File #14 26.67MB | File #15 23.94MB | File #16 30.00MB | File #17 16.40MB | File #18 25.32MB | File #19 26.51MB | File #20 21.98MB | File #21 31.37MB | File #22 26.55MB | File #23 17.92MB | File #24 20.96MB | File #25 18.95MB | File #26 16.76MB | File #27 20.66MB | File #28 15.41MB | File #29 20.38MB  | File #30 16.50MB ] – [ 6,530 Total Pages ] – The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, usually identified as the National Council of Churches (NCC), is an ecumenical partnership of 37 Christian faith groups in the United States. Its member denominations, churches, conventions, and archdioceses include Mainline Protestant, Orthodox, African American, Evangelical, and historic peace churches. Together, they encompass more than 100,000 local congregations and 45 million adherents. It began as the Federal Council of Churches in 1908, and expanded through merger with several other ecumenical organizations to become the National Council of Churches in 1950. The NCC’s influence peaked in the 1950s, deriving its strength from a commitment to ecumenism, while the NCC’s strident antiwar position against the Vietnam War in the 1960s alienated the laity leading to a decline in influence thereafter. (Source: Ernie Lazar)
Mack Charles Parker Parker, Mack Charles – [ 377 Pages, 20.58 MB ] – Mack Charles Parker (1936 – April 24, 1959) was an African-American victim of lynching in the United States. He was accused of ramping a pregnant white woman in northern Pearl River County, Mississippi. Three days before he was to stand trial, he was kidnapped from his jail cell in the Pearl River County Courthouse by a mob, beaten and shot. His body was found in the Pearl River, 20 miles west of Poplarville, 10 days later. Despite evidence compiled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and indictment by a federal grand jury, the men who killed him were released.
Leander Perez Perez, Leander – [ 285 Pages, 19.49 MB ] – Leander Henry Perez, Sr. (July 16, 1891 – March 19, 1969), was the Democratic political boss of Plaquemines and St. Bernard parishes in southeastern Louisiana during the middle third of the 20th century. Officially, he served as a district judge, later as district attorney, and as president of the Plaquemines Parish Commission Council. He was known for his staunch support of segregation.
 Malcolm X Randolph, A. Phillip – [ File #1 7.06MB | File #2 17.38MB ] [ 265 Total Pages ] – Asa Philip Randolph (April 15, 1889 – May 16, 1979) was a leader in the African-American civil-rights movement, the American labor movement and socialist political parties. He organized and led the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, the first predominantly black labor union. In the early civil-rights movement, Randolph led the March on Washington Movement, which convinced President Franklin D. Roosevelt to issue Executive Order 8802 in 1941, banning discrimination in the defense industries during World War II. After the war Randolph pressured President Harry S. Truman to issue Executive Order 9981 in 1948, ending segregation in the armed services. (Source: Ernie Lazar)
Paul Robeson Robeson, Paul – FBI Release #1 – [ File #1 84.04MB | File #2 102.10MB | File #3 60.84MB ] – [ 2,840 Total Pages ] – Paul Leroy Robeson (April 9, 1898 – January 23, 1976) was an African-American singer and actor who became involved with the Civil Rights Movement. At university, he was an outstanding American football player, then had an international career in singing, as well as acting in theater and cinema. He became politically involved in response to the Spanish Civil War, Fascism, and social injustices. His advocacy of anti-imperialism, affiliation with Communism, and his criticism of the US government caused him to be blacklisted during McCarthyism. Ill health forced him into retirement from his career. He remained an advocate of the unpopular political stances he took until his death.
 Robinson, Amelia Boynton  – [38 Pages, 10MB] – Amelia Isadora Platts Boynton Robinson (August 18, 1911 – August 26, 2015) was an American activist who was a leader of the American Civil Rights Movement in Selma, Alabama and a key figure in the 1965 Selma to Montgomery marches. In 1984, she became founding Vice-President of the Schiller Institute affiliated with Lyndon LaRouche. She was awarded the Martin Luther King, Jr., Freedom Medal in 1990.  In 2014, actress Lorraine Toussaint played Robinson in the Ava DuVernay film Selma.
Bayard Rustin Rustin, Bayard – [434 Pages, 25.46MB] – Bayard Rustin (1912-1987) was a civil rights activist and counselor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Mr. Rustin was investigated for his ties to the Communist Party of the USA. These files are primarily dated during the 1960s.
Mario SavioSavio, Mario – [ File #1 12.86MB | File #2 10.94MB | File #3 2.05MB | File #4 20.42MB | File #5 0.5MB | File #6 16.53MB | File #7 7.66MB | File #8 15.35MB | File #9 20.15MB ] – [ 1,409 Total Pages ] – Mario Savio (1942-1996) was a political and human rights activist from the University of California at Berkeley who became the voice of the Free Speech Movement. He was investigated by the FBI from July 1964 until January 1975, following his arrest in March 1964 at a civil rights demonstration in San Francisco.
Betty Shabazz Shabazz, Betty – [ 400 Pages, 16.94 MB ] – Betty Shabazz (1934-1997) born Betty Sanders, aka “Betty X”, was a civil rights advocate and the wife of Malcolm X. The files in this release range from 1958 to 1970.
Emmett Till Till, Emmett – [ 291 Pages, 9.53 MB ] – Emmett Till Emmett Louis Till (1945-1955) was murdered while visiting relatives in LeFlore, Mississippi. In 1955, two suspects were tried for the murder, but acquitted. In May 2004, the FBI reopened the investigation to determine if other individuals were involved. This release consists of the FBI’s 2006 “Prosecutive Report” on the matter and includes a type-copy of the transcript of the first trial as an appendix.
White Supremecist White Supremecist Groups – [ 78 Pages, 10.94MB ] – White supremacy is the belief of, and/or promotion of the belief, that white people are superior to people of other racial backgrounds and that therefore whites should politically, economically and socially dominate non-whites. The term is also used to describe a political ideology that perpetuates and maintains the social, political, historical and/or industrial dominance of whites. Different forms of white supremacy have different conceptions of who is considered white, and different white supremacist identify various groups as their primary enemy.
 Roy Wilkins Wilkins, Roy – [ 1,035 Pages, 48.05 MB ] –  Roy Wilkins (August 30, 1901 – September 8, 1981) was a prominent civil rights activist in the United States from the 1930s to the 1970s. Wilkins’ most notable role was in his leadership of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). (Source: Ernie Lazar)
franklin williams Williams, Franklin Hall – FBI Release [170 Pages, 92.7MB ]
 Williams, Franklin Hall – National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Release #1 [5 Pages, 0.9MB ]Franklin H. Williams (1917–1990) was a lawyer and civil rights leader in the United States. As an assistant to Thurgood Marshall he represented the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People before courts in criminal cases throughout the South. In 1950 he was appointed director of the NAACP’s western region where for 9 years he directed drives involving open housing, school desegregation and civil rights.
Richard Wright Wright, Richard – [ 180 Pages, 9.34 MB ] –  Richard Nathaniel Wright (September 4, 1908 – November 28, 1960) was an African-American author of sometimes controversial novels, short stories, poems, and non-fiction. Much of his literature concerns racial themes, especially those involving the plight of African Americans during the late 19th to mid-20th centuries. His work helped change race relations in the United States in the mid-20th century.

 



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FBI Files: Celebrities

The following is a list of FBI files on different celebrities.

 Declassified Celebrity FBI Files

Bud Abbott Abbott, Bud – Bud Abbott was a part of the Abbott and Costello comedy team. They made movies and performed on television. This release is references on Abbott only. It contains correspondence between Abbott and Director Hoover, Espionage and Interstate Transportation of Obscene Material matters.
Gracie Allen Allen, Gracie – [ File #1 ] | FILE #2 ] – Gracie Allen, her husband, George Burns, Mary Livingston (wife of Jack Benny) and Jack Benny were investigated in 1939 for bringing jewelry and clothing into the country from Europe and not paying the duty tax on it. The investigation by the New York City authorities resulted in Jack Benny and George Burns paying fines. It is alleged that the real smugglers were Gracie Allen and Mary Livingston.
Steve Allen Allen, Steve – [ File #1FILE #2FILE #3FILE #4 ] – Steve Allen, an entertainer, was the victim of two extortion attempts investigated by the FBI. The first extortion attempt consisted of a letter sent to the CBS network in New York demanding that the writer be given $30,000 or Mr. Allen would be harmed. Prosecution was declined by the United States Attorney. In the second extortion attempt, the writer accused Mr. Allen of being a communist and threatened to shoot him. The name of the person whose signature was on the letter was interviewed, but he could not read or write English; consequently, it was determined that the signature on the letter was forged. Additional letters were received, but no subjects were ever identified in this investigation.
Elizabeth Arden Arden, Elizabeth – [ File #1File #2 ] – An investigative file was opened on Elizabeth Arden, operator of the cosmetic firm “Elizabeth Arden,” upon receipt of a letter in 1941 alleging that she was opening branches of her firm to be used as clearing houses for Nazi activities. Also enclosed is personal correspondence between Ms. Arden and Director Hoover.
Louis Armstrong Armstrong, Louis – Louis Armstrong, was born in 1900 and was a well known jazz trumpeter. He toured with his own jazz band for years in the United States, Europe, Africa, Australia, and even into the Soviet Union. Jewelry was stolen from a hotel room at the Century Plaza in Los Angeles in November 1970, with the estimated value of $ 30,000. There is a summary of Armstrong’s referenced activities. Louis Armstrong was never the subject of an FBI investigation.
Desi Arnaz Arnaz, Desi – [ File #1File #2File #3File #4File #5File #6File #7 ] – Desi Arnaz was born March 2, 1917 in Santiago, Cuba. He and his parents left Cuba in approximately 1933. He came to America with his parents, and he and his Mother remained here when his Father returned to Cuba. He was a Hollywood actor, musician and a television star. He along with his wife, Lucille Ball, starred in “I Love Lucy” television show and he and his wife formed “Desilu Productions,” with Desi Arnaz as its President. This production company produced several television programs.
Josephine Baker Baker, Josephine – [ File #1File #2File #3File #4File #5 ] – The famous nightclub entertainer was thought to be involved in communist activities, however, no evidence was ever found that proved otherwise.
Lucille Ball Ball, Lucille – [ File #1File #2File #3 ] – This file primarily relates to the 1953 House Committee on Un-American Activities hearings which revealed that Miss Ball had registered to vote as a communist in 1936 at the insistence of her grandfather.
The Beatles The Beatles – [ File #1File #2File #3File #4File #5File #6File #7File #8File #9] – The Beatles, a “British Pop Musical group,” received an extortion threat as they were appearing in Denver, CO on August 26, 1964. They were told to cancel their appearance in Denver or they would throw grenades at them. John Lennon, a member of the group, was the subject of an immigration appeal. There are various cross references to them in this release.
Irving Berlin Berlin, Irving [ 23 Pages, 1.35MB ] –  Irving Berlin (1888-1989) was a noted American songwriter. This release (previously made, but now made available on the FBI Vault) consists of 23 pages of miscellaneous documents in which Berlin’s name appears; he was not the subject of any FBI investigation. Several of these documents deal with Director Hoover’s support for Berlin to win the American Hebrew Medal of 1943.
Biggie Smalls Biggie Smalls [ 359 Pages, 9.99MB ] –  Christopher George Wallace (1972-1997)—also known as “Notorious B.I.G.”—was a rap musician who was murdered on March 9, 1997. The FBI opened a civil rights/color of law investigation into the murder; the case was closed in 2005. This release consists of FBI files between 1997 and 2005.
Sonny Bono Bono, Sonny – In 1966, Salvatore “Sonny” Bono, a rock-n-roll singer, received a kidnaping threat. The person sending the several letters was believed to be from either Chicago or Milwaukee, and appeared to suffer from some type of mental illness. The original letters and envelopes were sent to the FBI Laboratory for examination.
George BurnsBurns, George – [ 73 Pages, 7.02 MB ] – George Burns (January 20, 1896 – March 9, 1996), born Nathan Birnbaum, was an American comedian, actor, and writer. He was one of the few entertainers whose career successfully spanned vaudeville, film, radio, and television. His arched eyebrow and cigar smoke punctuation became familiar trademarks for over three quarters of a century. At the age of 79, Burns’ career was resurrected as an amiable, beloved and unusually active old comedian in the 1975 film The Sunshine Boys, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He continued to work until shortly before his death, in 1996, at the age of 100.
James BrownBrown, James Joseph – [ 34 Pages, 29.88 MB ] – James Joseph Brown, Jr. (May 3, 1933 – December 25, 2006) was an American recording artist and musician. One of the founding fathers of funk music and a major figure of 20th-century popular music and dance, he is often referred to as “The Godfather of Soul”. In a career that spanned six decades, Brown profoundly influenced the development of many different musical genres.

Carson, Johnny – [ 563 Pages, 259MB ] – John William “Johnny” Carson (October 23, 1925 – January 23, 2005) was an American television host, comedian, writer, producer, actor, and musician, best known for his thirty years as host of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962–1992). Carson received six Emmy Awards, the Governor’s Award, and a 1985 Peabody Award. He was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1987. Johnny Carson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1992 and received a Kennedy Center Honor in 1993. Although his show was already successful by the end of the 1960s, during the 1970s Carson became an American icon and remained so even after his retirement in 1992. He adopted a casual, conversational approach with extensive interaction with guests, an approach pioneered by Arthur Godfrey and previous Tonight Show hosts Steve Allen and Jack Paar. Former late-night host and friend, David Letterman, cited Carson’s influence.

Note: There were possibly files related to Carson which were destroyed. These records were obtained on CD-ROM, and were combined into one .pdf. It is large, but holds book marks inside the .pdf to differentiate the different files which were obtained.

Johnny CashCash, Johnny – [ 334 Pages, 12.78 MB ] – John R. “Johnny” Cash (February 26, 1932 – September 12, 2003) was a singer-songwriter, actor, and author, widely considered one of the most influential American musicians of the 20th century. Although primarily remembered as a country icon, his genre-spanning songs and sound embraced rock and roll, rockabilly, blues, folk, and gospel. This crossover appeal won Cash the rare honor of multiple induction in the Country Music, Rock and Roll, and Gospel Music Halls of Fame.
Charlie Chaplin Chaplin, Charlie [ Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5Part 6Part 7Part 8 |Part 9Part 10 ] – Charles Spencer “Charlie” Chaplin (1889-1971) was a comic actor, movie director, and one of the founders of United Artists Pictures, a major Hollywood film studio. This release consists of two types of files, one involving a White Slave Traffic Act (or interstate prostitution) investigation and a domestic security file concerning Chaplin’s ties to communist organizations in the U.S. The dates range from 1922 to 1978.
Tom Clancy Clancy, Tom [ 46 Pages, 22.50MB ]
 Clancy, Tom (Release #2) [ 15 Pages, 10.9MB ]Thomas Leo “Tom” Clancy, Jr. (April 12, 1947 – October 1, 2013) was an American novelist and historian best known for his technically detailed espionage and military science storylines set during and in the aftermath of the Cold War, and for video games that bear his name for licensing and promotional purposes. Seventeen of his novels were bestsellers, and more than 100 million copies of his books are in print. His name was also a brand for similar movie scripts written by ghost writers and non-fiction books on military subjects. He was a part-owner of the Baltimore Orioles and Vice Chairman of their Community Activities and Public Affairs committees.This file is a result of his background check by the Bureau, as Clancy was considered as a consultant for the White House Space Council.
Dick Clark Clark, Richard Wagstaff “Dick” – [ 38 Pages, 4 MB ] – Richard “Dick” W. Clark (1929-2012) was an entertainer and businessman best known for his long tenure as host of American Bandstand. These materials consist of investigations made in 1962 and 1985 into threats of violence against Clark and others.
arthurjcrowley Crowley, Arthur J. [22 Pages, 10.4MB] –  The Hollywood Reporter published this about Crowley, which I will reprint here to give some insight to his background: “For Arthur Crowley, messy personal lives were good for business. Crowley, whom legendary producer Robert Evans once called “the toughest Irishman attorney west of Chicago,” practically invented one of the stock characters of the current tabloid world: the celebrity divorce lawyer. Today, few things move newsstand sales and boost online traffic more than broken vows (see: Sandra Bullock and Jesse James). But long before the likes of Hollywood superlawyer Laura Wasser regularly made headlines extricating Angelina Jolie, Christina Aguilera and Ryan Reynolds from failed marriages, Crowley — whose death one year ago at the age of 85 drew strangely little notice — was turning big-league divorces into can’t-miss showbiz theater.”
 Culp, Robert [5 Pages, 1.5MB] –  Robert Martin Culp (August 16, 1930 – March 24, 2010) was an American actor, screenwriter, voice actor, and director, widely known for his work in television. Culp earned an international reputation for his role as Kelly Robinson on I Spy (1965–1968), the espionage television series in which co-star Bill Cosby and he played secret agents. Prior to that, he starred in the CBS/Four Star Western series, Trackdown as Texas Ranger Hoby Gilman from 1957 to 1959. The 1980s brought him back to television. He starred as FBI Agent Bill Maxwell on The Greatest American Hero and had a recurring role as Warren Whelan on Everybody Loves Raymond. Culp gave hundreds of performances in a career spanning more than 50 years.
John Denver Denver, John [ 33 Pages, 1.85MB ] –  Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr. (December 31, 1943 – October 12, 1997), known professionally as John Denver, was an American singer, songwriter, actor, activist, and humanitarian. He was one of the most popular acoustic artists of the 1970s. After traveling and living in numerous locations while growing up in his military family, Denver began his music career in folk music groups in the late 1960s. His greatest commercial success was as a solo singer, starting in the 1970s. Throughout his life, Denver recorded and released approximately 300 songs, about 200 of which he composed.
Walt Disney Disney, Walter “Walt” [ 316 Pages, 18.44MB ] –  Walter Elias “Walt” Disney (December 5, 1901 – December 15, 1966) was an American business magnate, animator, cartoonist, producer, director, screenwriter, philanthropist and voice actor. A major figure within the American animation industry and throughout the world, he is regarded as an international icon, well known for his influence and contributions to the field of entertainment during the 20th century. As a Hollywood business mogul, he, along with his brother Roy O. Disney, co-founded Walt Disney Productions, which later became one of the best-known motion picture production companies in the world. The corporation is now known as The Walt Disney Company and had an annual revenue of approximately US$45 billion in the 2013 financial year.
Robin H. Gibb Eazy-E [ 178 Pages, 15.9MB ] –  Eric Lynn Wright (September 7, 1963 – March 26, 1995), better known by his stage name Eazy-E, was an American rapper who performed solo and in the hip hop group N.W.A. Wright is affectionately called “The Godfather Of Gangsta Rap”. He was born to Richard and Kathie Wright in Compton, California. After dropping out of high school in the tenth grade, he supported himself primarily by selling drugs before investing in Ruthless Records and becoming a rapper. When Ruthless artist Ice Cube wrote “Boyz-n-the-Hood”, Dre, Cube, and Eazy formed N.W.A. After DJ Yella, MC Ren, and Arabian Prince joined the group, N.W.A released N.W.A. and the Posse. In 1988, they released their most controversial album, Straight Outta Compton. The group released two more albums and then disbanded after Eazy released Dr. Dre from his contract.
 Field, Syd [5 Pages, 1.3MB] –  Sydney Alvin Field (December 19, 1935 – November 17, 2013) was an American screenwriting guru who wrote several books on the subject of screenwriting, the first being the 1979 book Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting. He also conducted workshops and seminars on the subject of producing salable screenplays. Hollywood film producers have increasingly used his ideas on structure as a guideline to a proposed screenplay’s potential.  Please note: NARA is unable to determine if the subject of this file is actually that of Syd Field, since the name is mispelled. That may or may not be an indicator that it’s a different person, but they released the file. It is archived here for reference.
 Fisher, Eddie [10 Pages, 2.4MB] –  Edwin John “Eddie” Fisher (August 10, 1928 – September 22, 2010) was an American singer and actor. He was the most successful pop singles artist during the first half of the 1950s, selling millions of records and hosting his own TV show. Fisher divorced his first wife, actress Debbie Reynolds, to marry Reynolds’ best friend, actress Elizabeth Taylor, after Taylor’s husband, film producer Mike Todd, was killed in a plane crash. The scandalous affair was widely reported, bringing unfavorable publicity to Fisher. He later married Connie Stevens. Fisher fathered Carrie Fisher and Todd Fisher with Reynolds, and Joely Fisher and Tricia Leigh Fisher with Stevens.
Errol Flynn Flynn, Errol – In the 1940’s Flynn was the subject of a White Slave Traffic Act investigation and victim of two extortion cases.
Robin H. Gibb Gibb, Robin H. [ 818 Pages, 0.7MB ] –  Robin H. Gibb (1949-2012) was a well-known singer/songwriter with the Bee Gees music group. Between 1980 and 1981, the FBI assisted a foreign police service in investigating a potentially threatening telegram sent to the London law firm representing Gibb’s then wife in divorce proceedings; the telegram was signed “Robin Gibb.” The investigation did not go beyond the initial stages as the law firm did not wish to pursue the matter.
Paul Harvey Harvey, Paul [ 1,188 Pages, 71.57MB ] –  Paul Harvey Aurandt Paul Harvey Aurandt (1918-2009), popularly known as Paul Harvey, was a long-time radio broadcaster for ABC. Harvey corresponded with the Bureau on a range of issues between 1956 and 1986. He was also the subject of two investigations, a 1951 Atomic Energy Act investigation sparked when he entered a restricted area at a U.S. facility in pursuit of a story and a 1983 background investigation.
Jimi Hendrix Hendrix, Jimi [ 34 Pages, 4.16MB ] – James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix; November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American musician, singer, and songwriter. Despite a relatively brief mainstream career spanning four years, he is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame describes him as “arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music.”
 Hopper, Dennis [14 Pages, 2.4MB] – Dennis Lee Hopper (May 17, 1936 – May 29, 2010) was an American actor, filmmaker, photographer and artist. He attended the Actors Studio, made his first television appearance in 1954, and soon after appeared alongside James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause (1955) and Giant (1956). In the next ten years he made a name in television, and by the end of the 1960s had appeared in several films. Hopper also began a prolific and acclaimed photography career in the 1960s.
Whitney Houston Houston, Whitney [ 128 Pages, 4.3MB ] – Whitney Elizabeth Houston (1963-2012) was a well-known American recording artist and actress. This release consists of several FBI investigations into threats made against Houston between 1988 and 1999.
Rock Hudson Hudson, Rock [ 34 Pages, 0.7MB ] –  Rock Hudson (born Roy Harold Scherer, Jr.; November 17, 1925 – October 2, 1985) was an American actor. Although he was widely known as a leading man in the 1950s and 1960s, often starring in romantic comedies opposite Doris Day, Hudson is also recognized for dramatic roles in films such as Giant and Magnificent Obsession. In later years, he found success in television, starring in the popular mystery series McMillan & Wife and the soap opera Dynasty.
I Was a Communist Spy Radio I Was a Communist Spy Radio [ 73 Pages, 7.27MB ] – I Was a Communist for the FBI consisted of 78 episodes syndicated by the Frederick W. Ziv Company to more than 600 stations, including KNX in Los Angeles, California, with original episodes running from March 30, 1952 to September 20, 1953. The program was made without the cooperation of the FBI. Real-life undercover agent Matt Cvetic was portrayed by Dana Andrews. The show had a budget of $12,000 a week, a very high cost to produce a radio show at the time.
Michael Jackson Jackson, Michael – Between 1993 and 1994 and separately between 2004 and 2005, Mr. Jackson was investigated by California law enforcement agencies for possible child molestation. He was acquitted of all such charges. The FBI provided technical and investigative assistance to these agencies during the cases. The Bureau also investigated threats made against Mr. Jackson and others by an individual who was later imprisoned for these crimes.
Russell Tyrone Jones Jones, Russell Tyrone [ 83 Pages, 3.64MB ] –  Russell Tyrone Jones (1968-2004), aka “Ol’ Dirty Bastard”, was a member of the hip-hop music group known as the Wu-tang Clan. The FBI looked into the group’s activities under criminal enterprise statutes but no charges were filed based on these investigations. The file ranges from 1999 to 2004.
Casey Kasem Kasem, Casey [ 130 Pages, 21.7MB ] –  Casey Kasem, 1932 to 2014, born as Kemal Amen Kasem, was an actor, producer, and well known disk jockey and music celebrity. These files concern FBI investigations of violent threats made against Kasem between 1981 and 1993.
Gene Kelly Kelly, Gene [ 102 Pages, 10.5MB ]  – Eugene Curran “Gene” Kelly (August 23, 1912 – February 2, 1996) was an American dancer, actor, singer, film director, producer, and choreographer. Kelly was known for his energetic and athletic dancing style, his good looks and the likeable characters that he played on screen.  This release of the main FBI file on Kelly spans the years 1947 through 1975; the active part of the investigation spanned the years 1947 to 1951. The investigation concerned Kelly’s ties to various left-wing groups.
JFK Jr. Kennedy Jr., John F. – Although John F. Kennedy Jr., was not the subject of an FBI case, investigations were conducted when the FBI learned of alleged plots to kidnap the former President’s son in 1985 and 1995. Files also contain a reference to laboratory examinations in 1994 to determine the true writer of a threatening letter received by a United States Senator. The letter was written by an unknown person and signed, “John F. Kennedy, Jr.”
hedylamarr Lamarr, Hedy [7 Pages, 1.5MB]  – Hedy Lamarr (born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler, 9 November 1914 – 19 January 2000) was an Austrian and American film actress and inventor. At the beginning of World War II, Lamarr and composer George Antheil developed a radio guidance system for Allied torpedoes, which used spread spectrum and frequency hopping technology to defeat the threat of jamming by the Axis powers. Though the US Navy did not adopt the technology until the 1960s, the principles of their work are now incorporated into modern GPS, Wi-Fi, CDMA and Bluetooth technology, and this work led to their being inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2014.
 Lampell, Millard [402 Pages, 179.9MB]  – Millard Lampell (January 23, 1919 – October 3, 1997) was an American movie and television screenwriter who first became publicly known as a member of the Almanac Singers in the 1940s. He was born in Paterson, New Jersey and studied at the West Virginia University, where he gained his first exposure to folk music. In 1940 he formed the Almanac Singers with Pete Seeger and Lee Hays, later adding Woody Guthrie. Lampell wrote songs with both Seeger and Guthrie, and adapted traditional songs into labor anthems and pro-union messages. During the period of the Hitler-Stalin pact from 1939 to 1941, the group also sang songs attacking Franklin D. Roosevelt as a warmonger and opposing Britain’s war against Nazi Germany.
 Lawford, Peter [41 Pages, 25.6MB]  – Peter Sydney Ernest Lawford (born Peter Sydney Ernest Aylen; 7 September 1923 – 24 December 1984) was a British-American actor, producer, and socialite, who lived in the United States throughout his adult life. He was a member of the “Rat Pack” and brother-in-law to President John F. Kennedy. From the 1940s to the 1960s, he was a well-known celebrity and starred in a number of highly acclaimed films. In later years, he was noted more for his off-screen activities as a celebrity than for his acting; it was said that he was “famous for being famous”.

John Lennon Lennon, John – FBI “Vault Release” #1: [ File #1File #2File #3 ] – Investigation conducted when the FBI learned that John Lennon contributed $75,000 to a group planning to disrupt the Republican National Convention in 1972.  This was one of the first FBI releases, but later, seemingly was taken down. The next set of files (tagged “Vault Release #2”) is what they release now, and does not include (as far as I can tell) the first release.

 Lennon, John [530 Pages, 77.9MB] – FBI “Vault Release” #2 – John Winston Lennon (1940-1980) was a British born singer and songwriter known for his years in the Beatles and for his later solo career. The first two parts of this release consist of previously released material from investigations that mention Lennon’s connection to anti-war and related groups in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The third part was released and posted to the Vault in November 2011. It consists of other references to Lennon in FBI files and a 1978 investigation of a violent threat made against him. (Note: the three files were combined into one for easier downloading — they are separated by .pdf “bookmarks” when you open the file)

 Lennon, John [222 Pages, 132.5MB] – This release consists of records NOT put on the FBI website. These were given to me in FOIA Case

 Linkletter, Art [128 Pages, 112.5MB] – Arthur Gordon “Art” Linkletter (born Arthur Gordon Kelly, or Gordon Arthur Kelley (sources differ), July 17, 1912 – May 26, 2010) was a Canadian-born American radio and television personality. He was the host of House Party, which ran on CBS radio and television for 25 years, and People Are Funny, on NBC radio and TV for 19 years. Linkletter was famous for interviewing children on House Party and Kids Say the Darndest Things, which led to a series of books quoting children. He became a naturalized United States citizen in 1942.
Louie, Louie Louie, Louie (The Song) [ 119 Pages, 6.41MB ] – In 1963, a rock group named the Kingsmen recorded the song “Louie, Louie.” The popularity of the song and difficulty in discerning the lyrics led some people to suspect the song was obscene. The FBI was asked to investigate whether or not those involved with the song violated laws against the interstate transportation of obscene material. The limited investigation lasted from February to May 1964 and discovered no evidence of obscenity.

jaynemansfield Mansfield, Jayne [7 Pages, 2.8MB ] – Jayne Mansfield (born Vera Jayne Palmer; April 19, 1933 – June 29, 1967) was an American actress in film, theatre, and television. Mansfield became a major Broadway star in 1955, a major Hollywood star in 1956, and a leading celebrity in 1957. She was also a nightclub entertainer, a singer, and one of the early Playboy Playmates. She was a major Hollywood sex symbol of the 1950s and early 1960s and 20th Century Fox’s main sex symbol actress, along with Marilyn Monroe. She was also known for her well-publicized personal life and publicity stunts, such as wardrobe malfunctions.

Note: This is the first release, and consisted of the cross reference to Jayne Mansfield. Other documents are being processed, and will be added here when released.

Steve McQueen McQueen, Steve [ 119 Pages, 6.41MB ] – Terence Steven “Steve” McQueen (March 24, 1930 – November 7, 1980) was an American actor. He was called “The King of Cool.” His “anti-hero” persona, developed at the height of the Vietnam counterculture, made him a top box-office draw of the 1960s and 1970s.[4] McQueen received an Academy Award nomination for his role in The Sand Pebbles. His other popular films include The Thomas Crown Affair, Bullitt, The Getaway, and Papillon, as well as the all-star ensemble films The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, and The Towering Inferno. In 1974, he became the highest-paid movie star in the world, although he did not act in films again for four years. McQueen was combative with directors and producers, but his popularity placed him in high demand and enabled him to command large salaries.
Marilyn Monroe Monroe, Marilyn – [ File #1File #2 ] – This file contains accounts of publicity about Miss Monroe’s alleged affairs and speculation about the circumstances surrounding her death.
Bettie Page Page, Bettie [ 34 Pages, 4.16MB ] – Bettie Mae Page (1923-2008) was famous for her pin-up portraits and nude modeling. Although the FBI did not investigate Page, her name appeared in several FBI interstate transportation of obscene materials investigations, a San Francisco Field Office crime survey, and—in passing—a counterintelligence investigation. These materials are dated between 1947 and 1957.
Don Pardo Pardo, Dominick “Don” [ 28 Pages, 14.84MB ] – Dominick George “Don” Pardo (February 22, 1918 – August 18, 2014) was an American radio and television announcer whose career spanned more than seven decades. A member of the Television Hall of Fame, Pardo was noted for his 70-year tenure with NBC, working as the announcer for early incarnations of such notable shows as The Price Is Right, Jackpot, Jeopardy!, Three on a Match, Winning Streak and NBC Nightly News. His longest, and best-known, announcing job was for NBC’s Saturday Night Live, a job he held for 39 seasons, from the show’s debut in 1975 until his death in 2014.
Elvis Presley, Elvis – [ File #1File #2File #3File #4File #5File #6File #7File #8File #9File #10File #11File #12 ] – Although Elvis Presley was not personally the subject of an FBI investigation, the FBI maintains records filed under his name comprising over 600 pages. These records consist of copies of letters from members of the public commenting on his performances, newspaper clippings, and documents reporting that Mr. Presley was the target of extortion attempts.
 Prince [8 Pages, 0.8MB] – Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016) was an American singer-songwriter, actor, multi-instrumentalist, philanthropist, dancer and record producer. He was a musical innovator who was known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, extravagant dress and makeup, and wide vocal range. His music integrates a wide variety of styles, including funk, rock, R&B, new wave, soul, psychedelia, and pop. He has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time.  He won seven Grammy Awards, an American Music Award, a Golden Globe Award, and an Academy Award for the film Purple Rain. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, his first year of eligibility.  Rolling Stone ranked Prince at number 27 on its list of 100 Greatest Artists, “the most influential artists of the rock & roll era”.
Paul Robeson Robeson, Paul – [ File #1 84.04MB | File #2 102.10MB | File #3 60.84MB ] – [ 2,840 Total Pages ] –  Paul Leroy Robeson (April 9, 1898 – January 23, 1976) was an African-American singer and actor who became involved with the Civil Rights Movement. At university, he was an outstanding American football player, then had an international career in singing, as well as acting in theater and cinema. He became politically involved in response to the Spanish Civil War, Fascism, and social injustices. His advocacy of anti-imperialism, affiliation with Communism, and his criticism of the US government caused him to be blacklisted during McCarthyism. Ill health forced him into retirement from his career. He remained an advocate of the unpopular political stances he took until his death.
Will Rogers Rogers, Will – [ File #1 ] – William Penn Adair “Will” Rogers (November 4, 1879 – August 15, 1935) was an American cowboy, vaudeville performer, humorist, newspaper columnist, social commentator, and stage and motion picture actor. He became one of the most famous American media stars during the 1920s and 1930s.
Pete Seeger Seeger, Pete – [1,732 Pages, 108MB] – Peter “Pete” Seeger (May 3, 1919 – January 27, 2014) was an American folk singer and social activist. A fixture on nationwide radio in the 1940s, he also had a string of hit records during the early 1950s as a member of the Weavers, most notably their recording of Lead Belly’s “Goodnight, Irene”, which topped the charts for 13 weeks in 1950. Members of the Weavers were blacklisted during the McCarthy Era. In the 1960s, he re-emerged on the public scene as a prominent singer of protest music in support of international disarmament, civil rights, counterculture and environmental causes.
Rod Serling Serling, Rod – [40 Pages, 17.4MB] – Rodman Edward “Rod” Serling (December 25, 1924 – June 28, 1975) was an American screenwriter, playwright, television producer, and narrator known for his live television dramas of the 1950s and his science-fiction anthology TV series, The Twilight Zone. Serling was active in politics, both on and off the screen, and helped form television industry standards. He was known as the “angry young man” of Hollywood, clashing with television executives and sponsors over a wide range of issues including censorship, racism, and war.
Silverstein, Morton – [16 Pages, 2.2MB] – Morton Silverstein was born on December 6, 1929 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. He was a writer and producer, known for Rascal Dazzle (1980), Television in America: An Autobiography (2002) and NET Journal (1966). He was married to Rita Katz. He died on October 8, 2016 in Manhattan, New York.  This request is still being processed. More documents will be added when released.

Frank Sinatra Sinatra, Frank – FBI Headquarters Files – [ File #1File #2File #3File #4File #5File #6File #7File #8File #9File #10File #11File #12 ]

FBI Field Office Files – [ File #1File #2File #3File #4File #5File #6File #7File #8File #9File #10File #11File #12 |File #8File #9File #10File #11File #12 ]

Elizabeth Taylor Taylor, Elizabeth [ 154 Pages, 8.87MB ] –  Elizabeth Rosemond “Liz” Taylor (1932-2011) was a famous Hollywood actress. This release consist of 154 pages of files from the years 1949 to 1987. These files detail multiple extortion attempts against Taylor that the Bureau investigated over the years.

 Temple (Black), Shirley [ 413 Pages, 20.9MB ] – Shirley Temple Black (1928-2014) was a well known actress and political appointee in several administrations. This release consists of a 1969 background investigation made when Ms. Black was under consideration for executive appointment. Also included are two small files regarding threats made against Ms. Black.

This Is Your FBI This is Your FBI [ 45 Pages, 13.95MB ] –  This Is Your FBI was a radio crime drama which aired in the United States on ABC from April 6, 1945 to January 30, 1953 for a total of 409 shows. FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover gave it his endorsement, calling it “the finest dramatic program on the air”. Producer-director Jerry Devine was given access to FBI files by Hoover, and the resulting dramatizations of FBI cases were narrated by Frank Lovejoy (1945), Dean Carleton (1946–1947) and William Woodson (1948–1953). Stacy Harris played the lead role of fictional Special Agent Jim Taylor. Others in the cast were William Conrad, Bea Benaderet and Jay C. Flippen

fredthompson Thompson, Fred [162 Pages, 79.6MB ] – Fred Dalton Thompson (born Freddie Dalton Thompson; August 19, 1942 – November 1, 2015) was an American politician, attorney, lobbyist, columnist, film and television actor, and radio host. Thompson, a Republican, served in the United States Senate representing Tennessee from 1994 to 2003, as well as a GOP presidential candidate in 2008. Thompson served as chairman of the International Security Advisory Board at the United States Department of State, was a member of the U.S.–China Economic and Security Review Commission, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and was a Visiting Fellow with the American Enterprise Institute, specializing in national security and intelligence. As an actor, Thompson appeared in a number of movies and television shows as well as in commercials. He frequently portrayed governmental figures. In the final months of his U.S. Senate term in 2002, Thompson joined the cast of the long-running NBC television series Law & Order, playing Manhattan District Attorney Arthur Branch.

Per the letter from the FBI, “Records 161-WF-15433 and 161-ME-711 which may be responsive to your FOIA request, were destroyed on December 12, 2009 and November 4, 2010.” In addition, there were more files, however, they could not be located.  “Additionally, for your information, a search of the indices to our Central Records System reflected there was an additional record potentially responsive to your FOIA request. We have attempted to obtain this material so it could be reviewed to determine whether it was responsive to your request. We were advised that the potentially responsive record was not in their expected location and could not be located after a reasonable search. Following a reasonable waiting period, another attempt was made to obtain this material. This search for the missing record also met with unsuccessful results.”

Tupac Shakur Tupac Shakur [102 Pages, 5.6MB] –  Tupac Amaru Shakur (1971-1996) was an American rap music artist. This release consists of a 1997 investigation into allegations that extortionate death threats had been made against Shakur and another rap artist by a domestic terrorist group.
Jack Valenti Valenti, Jack – FBI Release #1 –  [585 Pages, 5.6MB]
 Valenti, Jack – FBI Release #2 –  [8 Pages, 3.3MB]
 Valenti, Jack – CIA Release –  [3 Pages, 0.6MB]
 Valenti, Jack – State Department Release – [4 Pages, 0.6MB]
 Valenti, Jack – Executive Office for United States Attorneys Release-  [ 4 Pages, 1.0MB ]  – This office claims all 9 pages are exempt from release and classified. 

Jack Joseph Valenti (September 5, 1921 – April 26, 2007) was a longtime president of the Motion Picture Association of America. During his 38-year tenure in the MPAA, he created the MPAA film rating system, and he was generally regarded as one of the most influential pro-copyright lobbyists in the world. Valenti served as liaison with the news media during the November 22, 1963 visit of President John F. Kennedy and Vice-President Lyndon B. Johnson to Dallas, Texas, and Valenti was in the presidential motorcade. Following the assassination of President Kennedy, Valenti was present in the famous photograph of Lyndon Johnson’s swearing in aboard Air Force One, and flew with the new president to Washington.   Please note: Valenti’s FBI file came in multiple parts. I combined them for easy downloading, but kept the bookmarks accessible, so you can jump from file to file. Just check the bookmark list on the .PDF to see how it was sent to me. 

 Vaughn, Robert Francis [87 Pages, 48.9MB] –  Robert Francis Vaughn (November 22, 1932 – November 11, 2016) was an American actor noted for his stage, film and television work.  His best-known TV roles include suave spy Napoleon Solo in the 1960s series The Man from U.N.C.L.E.; wealthy detective Harry Rule in the 1970s series The Protectors; Morgan Wendell in the 1978–79 mini series “Centennial”; formidable General Hunt Stockwell in the 5th season of the 1980s series The A-Team; and grifter and card sharp Albert Stroller in the British television drama series Hustle (2004–2012), for all but one of its 48 episodes. He also appeared in the British soap opera Coronation Street as Milton Fanshaw, a love interest for Sylvia Goodwin between January and February 2012.  Additional documents that may have pertained to Vaughn, were destroyed on August 17, 2015.
John Wayne Wayne, John – Marion Mitchell Morrison (born Marion Robert Morrison; May 26, 1907 – June 11, 1979), known by his stage name John Wayne, was an American film actor, director, and producer. An Academy Award-winner for True Grit (1969), Wayne was among the top box office draws for three decades. An enduring American icon, for several generations of Americans he epitomized rugged masculinity and is famous for his demeanor, including his distinctive calm voice, walk, and height.
George Orson Welles Welles, George Orson [ 194 Pages, 8.94MB ] –  George Orson Welles (1915-1985) was an American actor, director and producer. Mr. Welles was investigated for his potential ties to communist activities in 1940’s Hollywood. This file ranges from 1941-1949, and includes one document from 1976.

 

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FBI Files: Journalists and their Periodicals

Background

Journalists and their periodicals have long been watched by the FBI.

Here is a list of prominent journalists and different publications that have their own file folder within the FBI.

 Declassified Journalist FBI Files

 Anderson, Jack – [1,518 Pages, 130 MB] – FBI’s “The Vault” Release
 Anderson, Jack – [1,131 Pages, 86.7 MB] – FBI Release #2 resulting from FOIA Request 1356764-000.
 Anderson, Jack – [1,323 Pages, 87.6 MB] – FBI Release #3  resulting from FOIA Request 1356764-001. 

This case was a bit confusing. The page count from the release on the FBI’s “Vault” differs by hundreds of pages against the file they sent me on CD-ROM.   Why the discrepancy? On 12/23/16, I filed a FOIA for additional records, to see where the confusion might be at and now I received  an estimate that there are an additional 1,598 pages that I can buy for $55.To add to the confusion, on December 1, 2017, I received another response CD-ROM with 1,323 pages on it. I was under the impression the case was closed since I did not pay for the 1,598 pages they quoted me for above.  So what was this release?

 

Jack Northman Anderson (October 19, 1922 – December 17, 2005) was an American newspaper columnist, syndicated by United Features Syndicate, considered one of the fathers of modern investigative journalism. Anderson won the 1972 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for his investigation on secret American policy decision-making between the United States and Pakistan during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. In addition to his newspaper career, Anderson also had a national radio show on the Mutual Broadcasting System, acted as Washington bureau chief of Parade magazine, and was a commentator on ABC-TV’s Good Morning America for nine years.

 Barrett, Wayne – [5 Pages, 1.0MB] –  Wayne Barrett (July 11, 1945 – January 19, 2017) was an American journalist. He was an investigative reporter and senior editor for The Village Voice for 37 years. Barrett was a Fellow with The Nation Institute and contributor to Newsweek. He held degrees from Saint Joseph’s University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where he served on the adjunct faculty for over thirty years. Barrett authored many articles and books about politicians, especially New York City figures such as Ed Koch, Donald Trump, and Rudy Giuliani. He was a major interviewee in Kevin Keating’s 2006 documentary Giuliani Time.
 Considine, Bob – [39 Pages, 30 MB] –  Robert Bernard Considine, known as Bob Considine (November 4, 1906 – September 25, 1975), was an American journalist, author, and commentator. He is best known as the co-author of Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo and The Babe Ruth Story.  Additional records may exist – which have been requested. This page will be updated, should any new documents be released.
 Crile, George – FBI Release #1 – [18 Pages, 4.6MB]
 Crile, George – FBI Release #2 – [8 Pages, 1.8MB] (Cross References)
 Crile, George – NARA Release #1 – [14 Pages, 0.9MB]George Crile III (March 5, 1945 – May 15, 2006) was an American journalist most closely associated with his three decades of work at CBS News. Crile was both a producer and reporter for CBS. His career with the company spanned three decades until his death in 2006. Before joining CBS at the age of 31, Crile was Washington Editor of Harper’s Magazine. In addition to Harper’s, his articles were published in The Washington Monthly, New Times, The Washington Post Outlook Section and The New York Times.
 Cronkite, Walter – [72 Pages, 3.85 MB] –  Walter Leland Cronkite Walter Leland Cronkite (1916-2009), famous newscaster and journalist, worked for CBS News for five decades. Although the FBI did not investigate Cronkite, his name does appear in its files, usually in passing reference to his contact with an individual under FBI investigation or due to his professional contacts with the Bureau. These excerpts range from 1956 to 2000.

 Graham, Philip Leslie – [27 Pages, 15.4 MB] –  Philip Leslie “Phil” Graham (July 18, 1915 – August 3, 1963) was an American newspaper publisher. He was the publisher (from 1946 until his death) and co-owner (from 1948) of The Washington Post.

He was married to Katharine Graham, the daughter of Eugene Meyer, the previous owner of The Washington Post.

 Griffith, Sanford – [HQ-1 File 21.08MB | NYC-1 File 35.14M ] – [ 520 Total Pages ] –  Sanford Griffith was born in 1893. He studied at Heidelberg University but on the outbreak of the First World War he fled to France and joined the French Army. In 1918 he transferred to the US Army. Griffith reached the rank of major and was involved in interrogating German prisoners. In 1940 Griffith was recruited by William Stephenson, the head of British Security Coordination (BSC). He now established his company Market Analysts Incorporated and was commissioned to carry out polls for the Committee to Defend America by Aiding the Allies. The organisation was headed by William Allen White who gave an interview to the Chicago Daily News about his intentions: “Here is a life and death struggle for every principle we cherish in America: For freedom of speech, of religion, of the ballot and of every freedom that upholds the dignity of the human spirit… Here all the rights that common man has fought for during a thousand years are menaced… The time has come when we must throw into the scales the entire moral and economic weight of the United States on the side of the free peoples of Western Europe who are fighting the battle for a civilized way of life.” It was not long before White’s organization had 300 chapters nationwide.
 Hastings, Michael – [ 21 Pages, 1.5 MB ] – Michael M. Hastings (1980-2013), was a journalist and author. This release of a 6/11/2012 FBI document and its attachments (21 pages total) consists of the only material found in FBI records mentioning Hastings. No FBI records indicate an investigative interest in Hastings.The National Security Agency will neither confirm nor deny records related to Hastings — NSA Denial Letter
 Hillman Periodicals – [77 Pages, 50.7MB] –  Hillman Periodicals, Inc. was an American magazine and comic book publishing company founded in 1938 by Alex L. Hillman, a former New York City book publisher. It is best known for its true confession and true crime magazines; for the long-running general-interest magazine Pageant; and for comic books including Air Fighters Comics and its successor Airboy Comics, which launched the popular characters Airboy and The Heap.
 Inside Story Magazine – [ 23 Pinsidelookages, 55 MB ] –  Take a look back in time when the public would assist the FBI with news tips and leads. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, there was a periodical known as “Inside Story”. In it, were news articles, some of which, concerning the FBI. This file (obtained from the National Archives), offers the articles and corresponding letters the FBI received, clipped from this magazine.
 Jennings, Peter – [61 Pages, 28.4MB] –  Peter Charles Archibald Ewart Jennings, CM (July 29, 1938 – August 7, 2005) was a Canadian-American journalist and news anchor. He was the sole anchor of ABC World News Tonight from 1983 until his death in 2005 of complications from lung cancer. A high-school dropout, he transformed himself into one of American television’s most prominent journalists.
 Kaplow, Herbert – [17 Pages, 2.91 MB] –  Herbert Elias “Herb” Kaplow (February 2, 1927 – July 27, 2013) was an American television news correspondent. His main focus was reporting out of Washington, D.C., covering presidential campaigns and those who were elected.
 Pearl, Daniel – [21 Pages, 8.2MB] –  Daniel Pearl (October 10, 1963 – February 1, 2002) was a journalist for the Wall Street Journal with American and Israeli citizenship. He was kidnapped by Pakistani terrorists and later murdered in Pakistan.  Pearl was kidnapped while working as the South Asia Bureau Chief of The Wall Street Journal, based in Mumbai, India. He had gone to Pakistan as part of an investigation into the alleged links between British citizen Richard Reid (known as the “shoe bomber”) and Al-Qaeda. Pearl was killed by his captors.  In July 2002, Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, a British national of Pakistani origin, was sentenced to death by hanging for Pearl’s abduction and murder.  In March 2007, at a closed military hearing in Guantánamo Bay, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, a member of Al-Qaeda, claimed that he had personally beheaded Pearl.  Researchers have also connected Al-Qaeda member Saif al-Adel with the kidnapping.
 Reston, James B. “Scotty” – FBI Release #1 – [25 Pages, 17.7 MB]
 Reston, James B. “Scotty” – FBI Release #2 – [79 Pages, 45.8 MB]James Barrett Reston. James Barrett Reston (November 3, 1909 – December 6, 1995), nicknamed “Scotty”, was an American journalist whose career spanned the mid-1930s to the early 1990s. He was associated for many years with The New York Times.  Note: This release is from a FOIA appeal, that got these once classified/exempt pages released. I have an open FOIA request for more pages of this file – which are being processed. This page will be updated when available.
 Safer, Morley – [14 Pages, 7.9 MB] –  Morley Safer (November 8, 1931 – May 19, 2016) was a Canadian-American broadcast journalist, reporter, and correspondent for CBS News. He was best known for his long tenure on the news magazine 60 Minutes, whose cast he joined in 1970 after its second year on television. He was the longest-serving reporter on 60 Minutes, the most watched and most profitable program in television history.
 Sokolsky, George – [50 Pages, 3.62 MB] –  George Ephraim Sokolsky (1893–1962) was a weekly radio broadcaster for the National Association of Manufacturers and a columnist for The New York Herald Tribune, who later switched to The New York Sun and other Hearst newspapers.
 Snell, David – [5 Pages, 1MB] –  David Snell (March 28, 1921 – July 1987) was a reporter and cartoonist for Life Magazine, a major 20th-century magazine, and several other publications during his career as a journalist.
 Thomas, Helen – [7 Pages, 0.5 MB] –  Helen Amelia Thomas (August 4, 1920 – July 20, 2013) was an American author and news service reporter, member of the White House press corps and opinion columnist. She worked for the United Press and post-1958 successor United Press International (UPI) for 57 years, first as a correspondent, and later as White House bureau manager. She was a columnist for Hearst Newspapers from 2000 to 2010, writing on national affairs and the White House. She covered the administrations of eleven U.S. presidents—from the final years of the Eisenhower administration to the second year of the Obama administration.

 Voice of America – [827 Pages, 47.5MB] –  The Voice of America, which first went on the air in 1942, is an international multimedia broadcasting service funded by the U.S. government through the Broadcasting Board of Governors. VOA broadcasts approximately 1,500 hours of news, information, educational, and cultural programming every week to an estimated worldwide audience of 125 million people.

There are an additional, approximately,  8,750 pages of material on Voice of America. To obtain this material, it would be $265.  If anyone is interested in sponsoring this file, let me know, and I will obtain it and put it all online.

  Wallace, Myron Leon “Mike” – [ 50 Pages, 3.62 MB ] –  Myron Leon “Mike” Wallace (1918-2012) was a well-known American journalist. This release consists of two parts. The first concerns a foreign counterintelligence file opened about Wallace’s 1970 trip to Cuba (pp.1-5) and the second an investigation into a threatening letter sent to Wallace (pp.6-50).

  Whitehead, Don – [118 Pages, 13.40MB] –  Don Whitehead (April 8, 1908 in Inman, Virginia – January 12, 1981) was an American journalist. He was awarded the Medal of Freedom. He won the 1950 George Polk Award for wire service reporting.

Mr. Whitehead wrote The FBI Story A Report to the People, in which the FBI admits there are 3,843 pages, and it would be $115 to retrieve this file on CD. If you are interested in sponsoring this file, write to contact@theblackvault.com

 

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Jack Kerouac: The Navy Files

Although the U.S. Navy’s records on acclaimed Beat-writer Jack Kerouac certainly cannot be considered as “top secret files,” they still make for fascinating reading, and provide a great deal of information on his life and his character. For those who don’t know (and surely there can’t be many), Kerouac was born in Lowell, Massachusetts back in 1922. He attended both Catholic and public schools, and earned himself a football scholarship to Columbia University, New York City, where he mixed with Allen Ginsberg, and William S. Burroughs. It wasn’t long, however, before Kerouac headed off for pastures new: he joined the United States Merchant Marines.

As a result of his new plans, we get to learn a great deal about one of the United States’ greatest writers, whose life was tragically cut short in 1969, at the age of forty-seven, from a long-lasting, serious booze addiction. We’ll begin with a 1943 dossier on Kerouac – when he was twenty-one – which was captioned: “John Louis Kerouac Admitted from U.S. Naval Hospital, Newport, R.I., ‘Constitutional Psychopathic State.’” In part, we are told:

“A review of this patient’s health record reveals that at recruit examination he was recognized as sufficiently abnormal to warrant trial duty status, and that during this period, neuropsychiatric examination disclosed auditory hallucinations, ideas and reference of suicide, and a rambling, grandiose, philosophical manner. At the Naval Hospital this patient appeared to be restless, apathetic, seclusive [sic] and described experiences which were interpreted to be visual and auditory hallucinations. The diagnosis Dementia Praecox was established and upon the approved recommendation of a Board of Medical Survey, the patient was transferred to this hospital, arriving here on May 20, 1943.”

The Navy documents do not end there. Not at all. We have barely begun. We also learn the following from the doctors: As a result of what were described as “visual and auditory hallucinations,” a careful study of Kerouac’s character was conducted while he was in the care of the Navy’s medical experts. Interestingly, Kerouac was quick to deny assertions that he was suffering from such hallucinations, asserting that they were merely “echo effects in his mind of conversations he had had previously.” The Navy’s records continued to paint a portrait of Kerouac:

“According to the patient, he had made a very poor adjustment in school and in work. He impulsively left school because he felt too stilted and held back in there. Without any particular training or background, this patient, just prior to his enlistment, enthusiastically embarked upon the writing of novels. He sees nothing unusual in this activity. Physical and neurological examinations are negative and mental examination reveals no gross evidence of psychosis.”

Jack Kerouac

The following document also demonstrates much about Kerouac’s mindset: “On May 20, 1943, an updated summary of the Navy’s medical assessment of Kerouac was prepared, after it had become abundantly clear that Kerouac and the Navy were destined to part ways in the very near future: “The patient was readmitted 4-2-43 to the sick list at the U.S. Naval Training Station, Newport, RI, because at recruitment he exhibited vague, disconnected thoughts. He has been fired from every job he had except newspaper reporting. The latter was for a small paper at $15 per week, which he quit. He has been discharged from steamship job, garage job and waiter job. He is irresponsible not caring. He found it difficult to adjust to the recruit-training program ‘because of the regimentation and discipline.’”

The Navy added: “At a Staff Conference on June 2, 1943, the diagnosis was changed to Constitutional Psychopathic State, Schizoid Personality, it being unanimously agreed that this patient has shown strong schizoid trends which have bordered upon but which have not yet reached the level of psychosis, but which render him unfit for service. His discharge from service is recommended. This patient is considered fully competent to be discharged into his own custody. He is not considered to be a menace to himself or to others and is not likely to become a public charge.”

In an interview with Naval staff, Kerouac grudgingly admitted the following:, “I get nervous in an emotional way but I’m not nervous enough to get a discharge. I don’t hear voices talking to me from nowhere but I have a photographic picture before my eyes; when I go to sleep and I hear music playing. I know I shouldn’t have told the psychiatrist that, but I wanted to be frank.”

The Navy also turned their attentions to Kerouac’s family: “Patient’s father, Leo A. Kerouac, states that his son has been ‘boiling’ for a long time. Has always been seclusive, stubborn, head strong, resentful of authority and advice, being unreliable, unstable and undependable…Feels that he has improved. His nervousness had decreased. The first impression that the doctors got of him was incorrect, he states, for he did not take them seriously. Likes the sea and will join the Merchant Marine if he can get out of the Navy…Interested in world affairs and political theory. Is gregarious. Has many boy friends. Mother believes him heterosexual but interest in girls shallow. Broods when unhappy or lonely.”

The papers continue: “Father, French-Canadian birth, living and well, works as a printer, and has always been a pal of the patient’s – ‘more like a big brother.’ He has worked as a printer most of his life. During the depression years, was on WPA for a time. In 1941, lost his job because his employers wanted him to send his boy to Boston College whereas the boy had already registered at Columbia University. Since then has obtained other satisfactory employment but according to the patient the father feels that the whole town is ‘against’ the family.

“Mother, 48, living and well, closely attached to patient. Also French-Canadian by birth. Sister, 24, divorced just recently joined the WAAC’s. At 18 she married a man of 30 but divorced him after one year. Because of this she was considered the ‘black sheep’ of the family. Patient remarks that in years past he was the favored child but that recently his role has been reversed so that he is now looked upon as the ‘black sheep.’ Habits: Enjoys reading and writing. He did enjoy athletics very much and practiced regularly. More recently however is chiefly interested in writing. No drug habits. Has drunken sprees once a twice a year lasting about one week.”

The Navy knew, too, all about Kerouac’s background in the field of writing: “Patient describes his writing ambitions. He has written several novels, one when he was quite young, another just prior to joining the service, and one he is writing now. Patient states he believes he might have been nervous when in boot camp because he had been working too hard just prior to induction. He had been writing a novel, in the style of James Joyce, about his own hometown, and averaging approximately 16 hours daily in an effort to get it down. This was an experiment and he doesn’t intend to publish. At present he is writing a novel about his experiences in the Merchant Marine. Patient is very vague in describing all these activities. There seems to be an artistic factor in his thinking when discussing his theories of writing and philosophy. Patient believes he quit football for same reason he couldn’t get along in Navy, he can’t stand regulations, etc.”

Finally, in June 1943, the Navy reached its conclusion on Kerouac: “He is considered unfit for the service and his discharge is recommended.”

In Big Sur (my favorite of all his books) Kerouac wrote: “My work comprises one vast book like Proust’s except that my remembrances are written on the run instead of afterwards in a sick bed. Because of the objections of my early publishers I was not allowed to use the same personae names in each work. On the Road, The Subterraneans, The Dharma Bums, Doctor Sax, Maggie Cassidy, Tristessa, Desolation Angels, Visions of Cody and the others including this book Big Sur are just chapters in the whole work which I call The Duluoz Legend. In my old age, I intend to collect all my work and reinsert my pantheon of uniform names, leave the long shelf of books there, and die happy.”

Sadly, it didn’t happen.

FBI Files: Strange Disappearances in National Parks

Background

After reading about the amazing work of David Paulides, and having the pleasure now to call him my friend, I fired off some FOIA requests to track down documents from the FBI, relating to the mysterious disappearances of those he (and others) investigate.

This is a brand new section, and will be growing in the coming months, but wanted to thank David for the amount of work HE has done to pave the way for some of these requests (and those added in the future). If you have not checked out David’s books, do so! They are very well documented, thoroughly researched, and something I highly recommend.

Declassified Documents

Mccullar, Charles [42 Pages, 22.3MB] – In 1974, 19-year-old Charles or Chuck McCullar left his home state of Virginia for an extended photography and hiking trip, leaving his Volkswagen camper van at home. Charles was a keen photographer. In late January of 1975, McCullar was in Eugene, Oregon, staying for a few weeks with a friend and he subsequently left on a short hitchhiking trip to Crater Lake National Park to take winter photos, planning to come back to the friend’s house two days later. Several people remember seeing him in the Diamond Lake area, but that is the last time anyone sees or hears from him.

When found, the skeletal remains were bizarre. There were foot bones in the socks, but Charles’s jeans were empty except for the broken-off ends of his shin-bones sticking up. The jeans were unbuttoned and the belt left undone. And the rest of him was gone, as if melted away. The crown of his skull was found about 12 feet away but nothing else including no shirt, coat, boots. Just an empty pair of pants sitting on a log, with socks and foot-bones inside! Also, his camera equipment was nowhere to be seen as well and no money in the pack or on the remains.  (Case background courtesy of Strange Outdoors)



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