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The FBI tried to bust Abbie Hoffman for publishing public records

The FBI tried to bust Abbie Hoffman for publishing public records

On what would have been the radical’s 80th birthday, we look back at one of the strangest incidents in Abbie Hoffman’s ten-thousand plus page FBI file: when they tried to bust him for the “anti-American” publishing of the government’s own records.

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Steal This Bear: FBI file documents strange history between a prominent sixties radical and the National Park mascot

Steal This Bear: FBI file documents strange history between a prominent sixties radical and the National Park mascot

You never know what you’re going to find digging through old government records. Case in point: how Abbie Hoffman’s FBI file uncovered an arcane law regarding Smokey Bear.

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