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Tag: McCarthyism

Feds Prepare Release of Thousands of Investigative Files on Folk Singer Peter Seeger

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Beloved folk singer Pete Seeger was subject to secret FBI and CIA surveillance since the 1940s and was even blacklisted for his political beliefs in the McCarthy era.

Since Seeger’s death in January at the age of 94, the National Archives and Records Administration has been preparing to release thousands of investigative files of Seeger, under the Freedom of Information Act, AlJazeera America reports.

The request for Seeger’s files was so popular that NARA is waiving the administrative fee of at least $2,000.

“As soon as possible, NARA will post this file online,” NARA spokeswoman Miriam Kleinman said. “We are waiting for review to be complete.”

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.