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Subjects Matter: FBI Files

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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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Inventorying the FBI

An project to take inventory of the FBI's files on different subjects in order to identify what the FBI has worked on and to help requesters know what files they can request.

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FBI releases first part of its files on Charles Manson

FBI releases first part of its files on Charles Manson

After nearly half a century as one of the most notorious criminal masterminds in the popular imagination, Charles Manson, 83, passed away last month in a Kern County hospital bed. On Friday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation released the first part of its files on the famed cult leader, which focuses primarily on the confusion following the August 1969 murders that made him famous.

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Five reasons Harpo Marx is my FBI file crush

Five reasons Harpo Marx is my FBI file crush

As part of an ongoing series on MuckRock staff’s infatuation with figures from the Federal Bureau of Investigation file project, Caitlin Russell lists five reasons why Bureau surveillance records shows there’s room for just one Marx in her life. Well, two.

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J. Edgar Hoover once called the Bill of Rights "literature favorable to Russia and in opposition to the U.S. foreign policy."

J. Edgar Hoover once called the Bill of Rights “literature favorable to Russia and in opposition to the U.S. foreign policy.”

A recently released Federal Bureau of Investigation file shows that then-director J. Edgar Hoover personally wrote to the head of the Internal Revenue Service to complain about the tax exempt status of pro-peace groups, alleging they were led by ‘concealed Communists’ and that they sent out “literature favorable to Russia and in opposition to the U.S. foreign policy” - literature such as the Bill of Rights.

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FBI file shows what the Bureau thought of a young Joe Trento

FBI file shows what the Bureau thought of a young Joe Trento

In 1968, the Federal Bureau of Investigation had a run-in with a young Joe Trento early in his reporting career. According to the FBI’s version of events, it didn’t go well.

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U.S. Naval Intelligence tasked FBI with digging up dirt on Eric Williams to sway Trinidadian elections

U.S. Naval Intelligence tasked FBI with digging up dirt on Eric Williams to sway Trinidadian elections

A FOIA request to the National Archives from early 2015 has finally yielded the Federal Bureau of Investigation file on historian and first prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Eric Williams. In addition to the FBI monitoring Williams during his tenure at Howard University, the file contains reports from Naval Intelligence and the Central Intelligence Agency, who closely monitored his shift from academia into politics, including a request by Naval Intelligence that the FBI gather embarrassing personal details from William’s ex-wife in an attempt to hurt his chances during an election.

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Is there a good FBI FOIA request sample letter?