Subjects Matter: FBI Files

This project aims to sift through the hundreds of thousands of pages of FBI archival material we've released, so we can better understand why the Bureau had an eye on these people - and through that, better understand who they're keeping tabs on today.

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Hannah Arendt

Paul Erdős

Phil S. Foner

Timothy Leary

William Masters

John Silber

Howard Zinn


Cesar Chavez 1, 2

Betty Friedan

Elizabeth Gurley Flynn

Thelma Glass

Abbie Hoffman 1, 2

James Hood

Rodney King

Matin Luther King, Jr.

Russell Means

Bayard Rustin 1, 2

Toshi Seeger

Margaret Sanger

Aaron Schwartz

John Trudell

Malcolm X 1, 2


Allen Ginsberg 1, 2

Ellsworth Kelly

Business Figures

Walt Disney 1, 2

Roger Fisher

Steve Jobs 1, 2

Burt Shavitz (Founder of Burt’s Bees)

George Wackethut


George Carlin

Groucho Marx

Harpo Marx


Charles Manson



Aryan Brotherhood of Texas

Aryan Nations

Bank of Credit and Commerce International

Banco Ambrosiano

Boy Scouts of America

Breitbart News

Burning Man

Church of Satan

Church of the Hammer (Westboro Baptist Church Parody)


Disney World 1, 2

Earth Liberation Front

Food Not Bombs

Gamergate 1, 2


Kl Klux Klan


Mardi Gras

Mattachine Society

Occupy Wall Street

Scientology 1, 2, 3, 4

TSR Hobbies

Winter Hill Gang (Notorious Boston-based criminal organization)

FBI Programs


Technical Security Surveys 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Film and Television

Roger Ailes

Alfred Hitchcock

Dick Clark

Casey Kasem

Ethel Merman

Efram Zimbalist (Star of ABC’s The FBI)

Government Officials

James Angleton 1, 2

Edwin Black

William F. Buckley (CIA Station Chief in Lebanon)

Smedley Darlington Butler

Cartha “Deke” DeLoach

Jim Garrison

Alexander Haig

Miguel Narzar Haro (Mexican spymaster) 1, 2

Richard Helms

J Edgar Hoover 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

C. Everett Koop (Flamboyant Surgeon General during the Reagan Presidency)

Robert Mullen


Jack Anderson 1, 2

Ben Bradlee

Helen Gurley Brown

Danny Casolaro 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

David Frost

Michael Hasting

Warren Hinckle

Clark Kent

Gavin MacFadyen

Edward R. Murrow

Izzy Stone

Hunter S. Thompson

Joe Trento


Irving Adler (Serviceman who shared name with prominent activist)

Stig Bergling (Swedish Soviet Spy)

Vincent Bugliosi (Attorney who prosecuted Charles Manson)

Fred Lee Crisman (Figure at the center of many 20th century conspiracies)

Lady Malcolm Douglas-Hamilton (Philanthropist and “prolific instigator”)

John Hinckley Sr. (Father of Reagan shooter)

Edward Lee Howard (CIA defector)

Loyd Jowers (Found culpable for Martin Luther King Jr. assassination)

Sergei Kourdakov 1, 2

Fritz Kuhn (Leader of the German-American Bund)

Mikhail Lesin

Oleg Lyalin

Jordan MacTaggart (American anarchist who died fighting ISIS in Syria)

Hunter Moore (Founder of revenge porn site IsAnyoneUp)

Yuri Nosenko (Soviet Defector)

Barney Rosset (Avant-garde book publisher)

Andrew Carter Thornton II (Cocaine cowboy)


Johnny Cash 1, 2


Whitney Houston


John Lennon 1, 2

Ol’ Dirty Bastard

Insane Clown Posse 1, 2, 3

Biggie Smalls

Tupac Shakur


Bella Abzug

Lady Diana

Samuel Dickstein (Alleged Soviet spy)

Vo Nguyen Giap (General known as the “Red Napoleon” of Vietnam)

Sir Robert Maxwell

Bess Myerson (First Jewish Miss America and New York commissioner)

Richard Nixon

Vang Pao

Jack Shelley

Margaret Thatcher

Kevin White

Eric Williams

Religious Figures

Paul Crouch

L. Ron Hubbard 1, 2

Fred Phelps

Sun Myung Moon


Isaac Asimov

Neil Armstrong

Hans Bethe

Richard Feynman 1, 2, 3

Carl Sagan

Nikola Tesla 1, 2

Sports Figures

Muhammad Ali

Daniel Duchaine

Dale Earnhardt, Sr.


James Baldwin 1, 2

Ray Bradbury

William F. Buckley

Truman Capote

Tom Clancy

Ernest Hemingway

Christopher Hitchens

Aldous Huxley

Ken Kesey

Norman Mailer

Dorothy Parker

Ayn Rand 1, 2, 3

Susan Sontag

Terry Southern

Gore Vidal


213 Articles

FBI file dismisses conspiracy theories surrounding a Watergate-connected plane crash

FBI file dismisses conspiracy theories surrounding a Watergate-connected plane crash

One of the more persistent, but less well-known, conspiracy theories surrounding Watergate is the crash of United Airlines flight 553 that killed Dorothy Hunt, a former government employee who was transporting $10,000 in hush money on behalf of her husband and Watergate burglar, E. Howard Hunt. Recently released Federal Bureau of Investigation files, however, tell a different story - one of pilot error, unfortunate coincidence, and an utter lack of foul play.

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FBI file reveals some of the secrets of Howard Hunt’s White House safe

FBI file reveals some of the secrets of Howard Hunt’s White House safe

A recently released Federal Bureau of Investigation file, which the Bureau previously said they couldn’t find any record of, sheds a sliver of light on an enduring Watergate mystery: the contents of E. Howard Hunt’s White House safe, which was cracked open and its contents eventually given to the FBI after the Watergate arrests. In typical fashion for matters that touch on the Central Intelligence Agency (including anything involving Hunt), the answers offered up by the FBI file raise additional questions when they’re interrogated.

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FBI and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad FOIA Redaction

FBI and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad FOIA Redaction

While the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s track record with FOIA has never been good, it’s hard not to argue that it has recently gotten exponentially worse. In just the last few years, the Bureau has thrown out thousands of FOIA requests because there were too “burdensome,” investigated FOIA requesters, redacted the names of fictional characters and engaged in questionable fees practices. However, just last month, the FBI hit a new low and declared that - contrary to all statute and case law - the dead have an expectation of privacy.

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