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zhess88
12-20-2006, 10:32 AM
Pretty neat they're finally releasing this.

The FBI agreed Tuesday to make public the final 10 documents about the surveillance of John Lennon that it had withheld for 25 years from a university historian on the grounds that releasing them could cause "military retaliation against the United States."

Despite the fierce battle the government waged to keep the documents secret, the files contain information that is hardly shocking, just new details about Lennon's ties to New Left leaders and anti-war groups in London in the early 1970s, said the University of California, Irvine, historian, Jon Wiener.

For example, in one memo, then-FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover wrote to H.R. Haldeman, President Nixon's chief aide, that "Lennon had taken an interest in `extreme left-wing activities in Britain' and is known to be a sympathizer of Trotskyist communists in England."

Another document that had been totally blacked out on the grounds of national security when Wiener obtained it more than 20 years ago through litigation, said that two prominent British leftists, Tariq Ali and Robin Blackburn, had courted Lennon in hopes that he would "finance a left-wing bookshop and reading room in London."

But the newly released document adds that Lennon apparently gave them no money.

Rather, the document states that Lennon was using his "tangible assets" to try to get custody of his wife Yoko Ono's child, who was in the care of her former husband.

Only one document alludes to Lennon's music, saying he has "encouraged the belief that he holds revolutionary views . . . by the content of some of his songs."

The documents will be posted on the Internet on Wednesday at www.LennonFBIfiles.com.

GreyStHokie
12-20-2006, 10:39 AM
All you need is love.

John Lennon.
Smart Man.
Shot in the back, very sad.

orbs35
12-22-2006, 02:45 PM
John Lennon.
Smart Man.
Shot in the back, very sad.

:lol:lol What's that from again?

Patrick
12-22-2006, 03:43 PM
i wanna say independence day :lol

JamSession v2.0
12-24-2006, 07:55 PM
Lame.

So fucking lame.