SOURCE: New Yorker
by Adam Hochschild
A hundred years ago, the Palmer Raids imperilled thousands of immigrants. Then a wily official got in the way.
SOURCE: The Nation
He says former CIA Director John Brennan's statements about Trump echo Jospeh McCarthy and J. Edgar Hoover
by Robin Lindley
Maxwell reports on his sweeping study of the massive government campaign targeting black American literary figures.
by Beverly Gage
Would the F.B.I.’s smear campaign against Martin Luther King Jr. work today?
SOURCE: Raw Story
Yale historian Beverly Gage discovers uncensored version of the FBI letter blackmailing Martin Luther King
Apparently hoping to derail King’s acceptance of the Nobel Prize, J. Edgar Hoover had one of his deputies, William Sullivan, write a smear letter to King.
SOURCE: KC Johnson's website and hear the audio
by KC Johnson
50 years ago a tape recording caught LBJ and J. Edgar Hoover discussing the possibility a cabinet secretary was gay.
Invasion of Alaska? Yes. It seemed like a real possibility in 1950.
Beverly Gage, a Yale history professor, is the author of The Day Wall Street Exploded....There can be no question that COINTELPRO was more intrusive—if also more targeted—than today’s apparent efforts at mass technological surveillance by the National Security Agency. But there is at least one important distinction that makes today’s scandal far more disturbing. When the FBI launched COINTELPRO, it was acting alone, outside of the boundaries of established law. Today, what the NSA is doing appears to be legal—and nearly every branch of the government is complicit. Unlike Hoover’s activities, the NSA’s programs come to us with the seal of congressional and judicial approval. It didn’t take J. Edgar Hoover to engineer this scandal. We did it to ourselves....
Cartha D. DeLoach, who as a top aide and confidant to J. Edgar Hoover was the F.B.I.’s liaison to the White House and a powerful intermediary between Hoover and President Lyndon B. Johnson during an especially tense political era, died on Wednesday on Hilton Head Island, S.C. He was 92.The death was confirmed by his son Tom.Mr. DeLoach, who was known as Deke, spent more than 25 years in the Federal Bureau of Investigation, rising to deputy associate director, the No. 3 position, behind only Mr. Hoover and the associate director, Clyde Tolson.
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