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FBI’s Obsession with MLK Paints Falsehoods about Civil Rights Leader

Atty. Gen. Robert Kennedy With Martin Luther King Jr. Photo via DOJ.

Atty. Gen. Robert Kennedy With Martin Luther King Jr. Photo via DOJ.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Just three weeks before the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, the FBI declared in a newly released analysis that the civil rights leader was “a whole-hearted” communist who had a series of affairs, including with folk singer Joan Baez

But historians quickly denounced the 20-page document, dated March 21, saying the FBI’s obsession with King resulted in numerous falsehoods that were later discounted.

The FBI report, which was among the 676 files that the National Archive released Friday, provide detail about one of King’s closest advisers, Stanley Levison, a New York lawyer and businessman who helped finance the Communist Party before meeting the civil rights leader in 1956.

martin luther king fbi documentThe document claimed King was heavily influenced by Levison.

“The course King chooses to follow at this critical time could have momentous impact on the future of race relations in the United States,” the document’s introduction reads. “And for that reason this paper has been prepared to give some insight into the nature of the man himself as well as the nature of his views, goals, objectives, tactics and the reasons therefor.”

But David Garrow, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian, dismissed the allegations as false, saying they are the result of then-FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover’s unhealthy, if not delusional, obsession with the civil rights leader. 

“The number one thing I’ve learned in 40 years of doing this, is just because you see it in a top-secret document, just because someone had said it to the FBI, doesn’t mean it’s all accurate,” Garrow told The Washington Post, citing the infamous dossier that contains salacious allegations against President Trump. 

Garrow pointed out that King had been under heavy FBI surveillance throughout the 1960s and never found evidence of communist connections.

If anything, the document, titled “MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., A CURRENT ANALYSIS,” provided more insight into the FBI’s preoccupation with the Communist Party and attempts to discredit King.

“I think the number one takeaway historically is how, even in March of 1968, the FBI continues to be bizarrely preoccupied with how important the Communist Party USA is. ... The Communist Party, by 1968, is of no importance to anything,” Garrow said. “These incredibly exaggerated statements of communist influence are exactly what the FBI wants to hear.”

What Hoover failed to pass on to President Lyndon B. Johnson was that King had distanced himself from communists.

“There are things I wanted to say renouncing communism in theory, but they would not go along with it. We wanted to say that it was an alien philosophy contrary to us, but they wouldn’t go along with it,” King told adviser Bayard Rustin in May 1965, when King, Garrow wrote.

CIA Director: I Was a Supporter of Communist Party in Mid-1970s

CIA Director John Brennan

CIA Director John Brennan

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

CIA Director John Brennan revealed that he was once a communist sympathizer in the mid-1970s because he was disgusted by Watergate and the political landscape that helped produce it.

Brennan was in college at the time and voted for Communist Party nominee Gus Hall, New York Magazine reports. 

By 1980, Brennan said he was no longer a Communist sympathizer and realized that capitalism was a far better system.

Brennan said he “froze” when he was taking a polygraph test when entering the CIA.

“This was back in 1980, and I thought back to a previous election where I voted, and I voted for the Communist Party candidate.”

Brennan added, “I said I was neither Democratic or Republican, but it was my way, as I was going to college, of signaling my unhappiness with the system, and the need for change. I said I’m not a member of the Communist Party, so the polygrapher looked at me and said, ‘OK,’ and when I was finished with the polygraph and I left and said, ‘Well, I’m screwed.’”

Despite his past, he received national security clearance.

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Homeland Security Director Compares Terrorism Rhetoric to Red Scare

Jeh Johnson

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

In what appears to be a swipe at Republican candidates, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson warned against “over-simplistic rhetoric” about terrorism that recalls the sensational Communist red scares in the 1950s, CNN reports.

The comments came during a lecture at Westminster College in Missouri as authorities discussed terrorism and immigration.

Johnson cautioned that overheated rhetoric can cause unnecessary “fear, hate, suspicion, prejudice and government over-reach.”

“In this environment, the first impulse may be to suspect all Muslims living among us in this country are potential terrorists,” Johnson said.

Researcher Sues FBI for Long-Withheld Records About Ex-First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt/Wikimedia

Eleanor Roosevelt/Wikimedia

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A lot of secrecy still shrouds the FBI’s past obsession with former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt.

AllGov.com reports that the FBI has refused to disclose records detailing her trip to the Soviet Union in 1957 and 1958.

Former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover believed Roosevelt was a Communist sympathizer.

Now a researcher with George Washington University is suing the FBI for the records under the Freedom of Information Act.

The files contain “charges against her for suspected Communist activities, threats to her life on the grounds of her disloyalty to the country, close monitoring of her activities and writings, and a record of possible insurrectionary groups that she may have influenced.”

The FBI Listed ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ As Communist Propaganda Intended to Malign the Upper Class

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

“It’s a Wonderful Life” is a Christmas classic that has brought countless families together since the film’s release in 1946. 

But the FBI saw something far more sinister – Communist propaganda that “deliberately maligned the upper class,” according to Quartz.com., which cites a 1947 FBI report.

You see, Mr. Potter, the depraved banker who brings George Bailey close to bankruptcy and suicide “represented a rather obvious attempt to discredit bankers by casting Lionel Barrymore as a ‘scrooge-type’ so that he would be the most hated man in the picture.”

According to the FBI, it’s “a common trick used by communists.”

What the FBI apparently neglected to note was that George and Peter Bailey also are bankers.

“I think Mr. Capra’s picture, though it had a banker as villain, could not be properly called a Communist picture,” film critic John Charles Moffitt testified at the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947. “It showed that the power of money can be used oppressively, and it can be used benevolently.”

It wasn’t uncommon in the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s for the FBI to accused filmmakers of creating Communist propaganda.

J. Edgar Hoover Delivered Order to Ignore Democrat After His Critical Comments

 

J. Edgar Hoover/fbi photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

J. Edgar Hoover wasn’t known for messing around.

When U.S. Rep. Jack Brooks criticized the FBI director during a background interview for a potential judicial nominee in 1958, Hoover laid down the law – his version of it.

“He is to be ignored,” Hoover wrote of the Texas Democrat in a June 1958 memo, the Huffington Post wrote.

FBI files shows that agents believe Brooks may have gone to a communist meeting in 1943 and favored inter-racial relationships.

“60 Minutes” Correspondent Mike Wallace Was Trailed by FBI During Cuba Visit

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI kept a close eye on late “60 Minutes” correspondent Mike Wallace during a 1970 trip to Cuba, recently released files show, CBS News reports.

The documents detail the luggage and travel information of Wallace and “60 Minutes” creator Don Hewitt, according to CBS News.

The FBI also investigated a threatening letter sent to Wallace in 1977 by a World War II veteran. The letter “claims to have solid proof that” Wallace is “a pro-communist anti-American traitor.

Charges were never filed because the FBI said there was no criminal intent, the CBS News wrote.

FBI Records Show Extent Marilyn Monroe Was Investigated Over Communism Allegations

 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI investigated actress Marilyn Monroe and playwright Arthur Miller in the mid-1950s after an anonymous caller to the New York Daily News claimed both were Communist sympathizers, the New York Daily News reports, citing newly released records.

The records were disclosed for the first time without redactions to the Associated Press and show the extent of the FBI’s monitoring of the actress’ ties to communism.

The FBI was particularly curious about Monroe’s relationship with Frederick Vanderbilt Field, whose family disinherited him over his leftist views, the Daily News reported.

The relationship with Field “caused considerable dismay among Miss Monroe’s entourage and also among the (American Communist Group in Mexico),” the file states.

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