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In the wake of 9/11, FBI received dozens of tips reporting "suspiciously happy Middle Easterners"

In the wake of 9/11, FBI received dozens of tips reporting “suspiciously happy Middle Easterners”

Documents released to Donald Triplett III contain more than 70 tips from citizens reporting supposed “Muslim celebrations” of the September 11th terrorist attacks to at least six FBI field offices in the days following. Some of these dubious “leads” included “happy Middle Easterners laughing over coffee” the day before, a man expressing fear of anti-Muslim reprisals, and a table at TGI Friday’s that just split some appetizers.

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FBI investigated Ayn Rand superfan who saw himself as the heir apparent to her Objectivist philosophy

FBI investigated Ayn Rand superfan who saw himself as the heir apparent to her Objectivist philosophy

Ayn Rand had a competitor for status as the most dizzyingly incoherent and morally questionable writer of the 20th century: her stalker. FBI files released to Emma Best show that the unnamed man sent Rand dozens of mommy issue-riddled letters over the course of the late ’60s, some making threats on her life.

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Read the Justice Department's guide to using psychics in police investigations

Read the Justice Department’s guide to using psychics in police investigations

Police psychics have so saturated popular culture that the concept borders on the cliche. There was a time, however, when the Department of Justice took the matter very seriously - not only were instances reported of the police using psychics, there were studies on the matter, and even guidance issued by the DOJ.

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J. Edgar Hoover worked to end the career of a government clerk who had suggested he was gay

J. Edgar Hoover worked to end the career of a government clerk who had suggested he was gay

An incident from the height of J. Edgar Hoover’s reign as FBI Director illustrate the lengths the Bureau would go to squash rumors surrounding Hoover’s sexuality - and the dire consequences for those found spreading those rumors.

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“A Jekyll-Hyde Existence:” Inside the CIA’s 1980 Manual for ferreting out Homosexuals

“A Jekyll-Hyde Existence:” Inside the CIA’s 1980 Manual for ferreting out Homosexuals

In 1980, it appeared to activists as if a small bit of progress was finally being made in the push for LGBT civil rights, with the Democratic Party becoming the first major political party to endorse a gay-rights platform. That same year, the CIA appears to have released a three-page memorandum on how to recognize and ferret out homosexuals during investigations, perhaps for the purposes of blackmail.

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