5431 Tags

j edgar hoover

1 Project

View all...

Subjects Matter: FBI Files

★ Featured
  • Contribute
  • 43% funded
  • $2150.00 raised
  • 19 backers
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.

Learn more

67 Articles

View all...

The FBI once tried to sabotage the Nation of Islam with a zine

The FBI once tried to sabotage the Nation of Islam with a zine

Throughout the ’60s, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s infamous COINTELPRO operations targeted what it called “Black Nationalist Hate Groups,” for surveillance, infiltration, and ultimately, disruption. It was to that end in March 1968 that FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover sent a memo to the New York field office, authorizing the use of the Bureau’s secret weapon against the Nation of Islam: the zine.

Read More

Five of the strangest theories in Albert Einstein's FBI file

Five of the strangest theories in Albert Einstein’s FBI file

As one of the most prominent figures of the 20th Century - not to mention an ardent pacifist during the height of the Cold War - it’s not altogether surprising that Albert Einstein’s Federal Bureau of Investigation file stretches several thousand pages. But while Einstein’s sharp critique of U.S. policy at home and abroad gave the J. Edgar Hoover’s Bureau plenty to work with, some of the other concerns raised in the file were dubious at best. At worst, there were Nazi death beams.

Read More

FBI releases first batch of Zsa Zsa Gabor’s file

FBI releases first batch of Zsa Zsa Gabor’s file

Starting in 1942, J. Edgar Hoover’s Federal Bureau of Investigation began keeping tabs on the famed Hungarian looker with a long history of husbands and “housekeeping” - Zsa Zsa Gabor.

Read More

FBI file on Josephine Baker details plot to sabotage singer's trip to Cuba

FBI file on Josephine Baker details plot to sabotage singer’s trip to Cuba

Beginning in the early ’50s, the Federal Bureau of Investigation began keeping what would become an extensive file on the singer and civil rights activist Josephine Baker, tracking with great interest her comments in the international press critical of racial discrimination in the U.S. Though the Bureau never formally opened an investigation into Baker, it fielded several requests from the Immigration and Naturalization Service to collect derogatory information that would help make the case for denying her a visa and barring her entry to the country.

Read More

Five ways to use FOIA to explore the FBI's 110 year history

Five ways to use FOIA to explore the FBI’s 110 year history

We’re celebrating the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s birthday with a look at five different ways MuckRock users have used FOIA to bring shed light on the Bureau’s 11 decades of skulking around in America’s shadows.

Read More