In 1971 the Young Socialist Alliance ended its policy of barring gays. The FBI's San Diego office seized on this announcement "to play on people's bigotries to dissuade them from joining a political organization" by creating these fliers, says Jesse Walker of the Hit & Run blog. The FBI also made another flier with women's names and said the organization was "now accepting 'les' membership."
FBI headquarters wholeheartedly approved of the smear campaign: "Bureau feels preparation of leaflets as requested in relet has merit, and you are authorized to duplicate sufficient copies on commercially obtained paper to have posted on various bulletin boards where they might be seen by majority of students at San Diego State College. It is hopeful this action will have desired effect of dissuading would-be new recruits from membership in YSA."
Michael from Muckrock writes, “From Boy Scouts to movie stars, no one was safe from J. Edgar Hoover’s all-watching surveillance apparatus at the FBI — or his sharp tongue. MuckRock has put together a collection of his most biting insults to serve up at Thanksgiving, in case you need to put any of the in-laws […]
Michael from Muckrock writes, “While J. Edgar Hoover wasn’t a big fan of much media in the 60s — he worked to rewrite one of Hitchcock’s scripts and made Walt Disney re-work Tomorrowland — there was one show that struck a chord: ABC’s The FBI.”
Paintings by incarcerated Native activist Leonard Peltier have been removed from the walls of the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries in Tumwater following complaints form a group of retired FBI agents.
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