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

Roger Baldwin 1, 2

Paul Erdős

Phil S. Foner

Timothy Leary

William Masters

John Silber

Howard Zinn


Roger Nash Baldwin 1, 2

Cesar Chavez 1, 2

Betty Friedan

Elizabeth Gurley Flynn

Thelma Glass

Abbie Hoffman 1, 2

James Hood

Rodney King

Matin Luther King, Jr. 1, 2

Russell Means

Bayard Rustin 1, 2

Toshi Seeger

Margaret Sanger

Aaron Schwartz

John Trudell

Malcolm X 1, 2

Frank Wilkinson


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


D.B. Cooper

Charles Manson

Hunter Moore


Accuracy in Media

ACT For America

African National Congress

American Civil Liberties Unions [1](, 2, 3


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

Nation of Islam

National Committee to Abolish HUAC

Occupy Wall Street

Ramparts Magazine

Scientology 1, 2, 3, 4

TSR Hobbies

Winter Hill Gang (Notorious Boston-based criminal organization)

FBI Programs

Background Checks


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

Film and Television

Roger Ailes

Alfred Hitchcock

Dick Clark

Zsa Zsa Gabor

Casey Kasem

Ethel Merman

Efram Zimbalist (Star of ABC’s The FBI)

Government Officials

James Angleton 1, 2, 3

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

Roscoe Hillenkoetter (First CIA Director)

J Edgar Hoover 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

E. Howard Hunt

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 1, 2

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)

Dorothy Hunt 1, 2, 3 (Wife of E. Howard Hunt)

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)

Yuri Nosenko (Soviet Defector)

Barney Rosset (Avant-garde book publisher)

Andrew Carter Thornton II (Cocaine cowboy)


Josephine Baker

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

Harvey Milk

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

Richard Nixon

Vang Pao

Ronald Reagan 1, 2, 3, 4

Jack Shelley

Oliver Tambo

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

Alfred Einstein

Richard Feynman 1, 2, 3

Marvin Minsky

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 1, 2

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


238 Articles

Cold War feuds led to the FBI investigating accusations that the government was compromised by a network of secret socialists

Cold War feuds led to the FBI investigating accusations that the government was compromised by a network of secret socialists

In the late ‘50s, a former Army Intelligence chief alleged to the Federal Bureau of Investigation that a secret cabal of socialists and Communists were infiltrating the government. The 122 named individuals included some senior officials and even hardline anti-communists such as Central Intelligence Agency spymaster James Angleton. Though the FBI ultimately dismissed the accusations as the result of an interagency feud, the Bureau did did congratulate itself on having already been aware of most of the individuals’ alleged subversive tendencies, which included sometimes having thoughts similar to those of socialists.

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Join the Great Hoover Hunt

Join the Great Hoover Hunt

Using the Assignment crowdsourcing tool, MuckRock is kicking off a project to catalog all of the handwritten notes left by Hoover himself in the Bureau’s files.

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The hunt for D.B. Cooper continues

The hunt for D.B. Cooper continues

The Federal Bureau of Investigation explored hundreds of leads over the course of its 45-year investigation into the infamous D.B. Cooper skyjacking case. Even after the Bureau closed the Cooper case in 2016, devoted independent sleuths to the case have pursued and released new theories.

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