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 1, 2

William Masters

John Silber

Howard Zinn


Roger Nash Baldwin 1, 2

Cesar Chavez 1, 2

Hedy Epstein

Betty Friedan

Elizabeth Gurley Flynn

Thelma Glass

Oliver White Hill

Abbie Hoffman 1, 2

James Hood

Rodney King

Martin Luther King, Jr. 1, 2, 3

Russell Means

Bayard Rustin 1, 2

Toshi Seeger

Margaret Sanger

Aaron Swartz

John Trudell

Malcolm X 1, 2

Frank Wilkinson 1, 2


Allen Ginsberg 1, 2

Ellsworth Kelly


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 Union 1, 2, 3

Anarchist Extremism


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 1, 2

Scientific American Magazine

Scientology 1, 2, 3, 4

TSR Hobbies

The Village Voice

Winter Hill Gang (Notorious Boston-based criminal organization)


Background Checks


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


Roger Ailes

Charlie Chaplin

Dick Clark

Zsa Zsa Gabor

Alfred Hitchcock

Casey Kasem

Ethel Merman

Efram Zimbalist (Star of ABC’s The FBI)


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, 3

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


Paul Crouch

L. Ron Hubbard 1, 2

Fred Phelps

Sun Myung Moon


Isaac Asimov

Neil Armstrong

Hans Bethe 1, 2

Albert Einstein

Richard Feynman 1, 2, 3

Marvin Minsky

Carl Sagan

Nikola Tesla 1, 2


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


276 Articles

FBI file documents Chef Paul Prudhomme’s history of accidentally bringing loaded guns to airports

FBI file documents Chef Paul Prudhomme’s history of accidentally bringing loaded guns to airports

Celebrated Cajun chef Paul Prudhomme found himself in hot water for accidentally bringing a loaded firearm to the airport on more than one occasion, according to his FBI file.

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The former FBI agent’s guide to living it up in New Orleans

The former FBI agent’s guide to living it up in New Orleans

Heading to New Orleans for #ONA2019 and not sure what to wear in Louisiana in the fall? Well, you’re in luck. The Society of Former Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation had their annual conference in NOLA in 1972, and their official publication, “The Grapevine,” has you covered. Literally.

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FBI bulletin concedes that conspiracy theories might be fueled in part by actual conspiracies

FBI bulletin concedes that conspiracy theories might be fueled in part by actual conspiracies

In a Federal Bureau of Intelligence bulletin dated May 30th, 2019, the FBI’s Phoenix Field Office warned that it was “Very Likely” that “Fringe Political Conspiracy Theories” such as Pizzagate and QAnon would eventually motivate its adherents to violence. Somewhat surprisingly, the bulletin later goes on to concede that the conspiratorial mindset underpinning such theories may be influenced by “the illegal, antidemocratic, or harmful activities by high level government officials and political elites” - also known as actual conspiracies.

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