Category Archives: world

FBI marginalia in the “Ramparts” file reads like an alt-right comments section

February 19, 2019 Internally, the Bureau has been spouting right-wing talking points for over 50 years The Federal Bureau of Investigation has a long history of focusing on left-wing activists and politicians, often to the exclusion of groups of actual concern. This pattern continues to this day, as recently documented by Property of the People. […]

FBI kept a close eye on Black Panther Party co-founder Elbert Howard’s global travels

February 20, 2019 Files show the Bureau’s concerns over the international platform given to “Big Man’s” criticism of U.S. activities at home and abroad From 1967 to 1970, Black Panther Party founding member and Deputy Minister of Information Elbert Howard went on an international tour to mingle with foreign revolutionary movements, promote the BPP’s agenda, […]

CIA archives capture Richard Nixon’s failed 1958 “goodwill” trip to Latin America

February 27, 2019 Congress criticized the Agency for not warning the then-vice president about angry mobs, proper soccer techniques In 1958, then-Vice President Richard Nixon didn’t quite understand soccer. While in Quito, Ecuador during one stop on his Spring 1958 South American tour, Nixon was offered the chance to literally “kick off” a ceremonial soccer […]

Hedy Lamarr’s FBI files make no mention of her “Secret Communication System”

March 13, 2019 Most of the Bureau’s files on the actress and inventor were destroyed, leaving only a name check behind Federal Bureau of Investigation documents released to MuckRock on Hedy Lamarr, the famous actress and inventor of technologies that would later lead to Bluetooth, GPS, and Wi-Fi, provide yet another example of the FBI’s […]

CIA’s report on the “The World Situation in 1970” shows a shift in focus towards soft power

March 13, 2019 In response to Agency’s reporting that the Soviets would be interested in stabilizing Europe, Nixon asked Kissinger if Radio Free Europe could make a bad situation worse The Central Intelligence Agency’s “The World Situation in 1970” report was a strange mixture of realistic concerns, candid admissions, and forced optimism. Early in the […]

The FBI feared that “Seven Days in May” was bad for America

March 18, 2019 The Bureau shared concerns that the film’s depiction of an aborted military coup would be used as Communist propaganda A memo uncovered in Ronald Reagan’s Federal Bureau of Investigation file reveals the FBI’s concerns that the 1964 film “Seven Days in May,” which depicted an aborted military coup of the U.S. government, […]

Senator James Eastland’s allegations about “Red spy rings” debunked by his own aide in FBI file

April 2, 2019 Newly released memo suggests the future-Senate Judiciary Chairman possibly confused New York Times reporters with commie agents As part of a recent push to clear their FOIA backlog, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has released 30 pages of new documents on Senator James Eastland, adding to the 521 previously released pages. Among […]

One year after massive protests, Nicaraguan government remains ensconced in power

April 25, 2019 CIA archives show stark similarities between the country’s uprising in the ‘70s and present day This month marks the one-year anniversary since the citizens of Nicaragua began a fierce civic uprising against President Daniel Ortega’s administration. A former leader in the Sandinistas, Ortega has faced international criticism over his elimination of term […]

On This Day in CIA History: April 29, 1951

April 29, 2019 South Korean inflation, India’s participation in the U.N., and the problems stirred by an A.P. reporter in Eastern Europe all raised the Agency’s concerns On this day 68 years ago, the Central Intelligence Agency’s Current Intelligence Bulletin contained financial concerns from around the globe, including Agency comments on the arrest of an […]