The Foundation for the Marketplace of Ideas, Inc., has acquired thousands of pages of documents via the federal Freedom of Information Act which unequivocally reveals that the United States federal government is spying on conservative and nationalist organizations and citizens, creating dossiers on them, and sharing the information with foreign governments even though no criminal misconduct is often alleged to have occurred.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has extensive files on National Review founder William F. Buckley, Jr., Sam Francis, Revilo P. Oliver, Francis Parker Yockey, Willis Carto, American Renaissance, the Council of Conservative Citizens, Liberty Lobby, Stormfront, and the Michigan State University chapter of the Young Americans for Freedom. For the first time ever, these documents are being released to the public.
This investigation has taken years to complete, and it is presumed that the released documents only represent the tip of the iceberg as to the federal government’s questionable activities as it pertains to trying to stifle anti-liberal political philosophy.
If you are a political dissident and are interested in determining whether the FBI has a file on you and getting access to it, contact Attorney Kyle Bristow (http://www.kylebristow.com/) for a free consultation.
A summary of the findings of the investigation:
American Renaissance / Council of Conservative Citizens
The FBI first investigated American Renaissance due to its ties with the American Friends of the British National Party, which also has ties to National Alliance—presumably the FBI has files on AFBNP and NA, too. A confidential source affiliated with the Council of Conservative Citizens contacted the FBI about AmRen financing AFBNP in 2001. The FBI felt that AmRen “may be using funds to forward criminal acts.”
The confidential source provided the FBI with “a detailed itinerary of events, a CofCC Membership Application, a copy of The Council Reporter (the newsletter for the CofCC, Spring 2001, Vol.15, No.1), and a Member Survey / Donation Response Form.” The itinerary included the names of conservative individuals who spoke on panels at CofCC functions.
The “counterterrorism” unit of the FBI modified its investigation of AmRen by renaming the title of the operation the “New Century Foundation” and assigned it Case No. 266C-WF-221876.
The FBI networked with the U.S. Capital Police, the U.S. Marshals Service, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, the U.S. Secret Service, the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Department of State, the Fairfax County Police Department, the U.S. Park Police, the Metropolitan Transit Police, and Verizon during its investigation of AmRen.
A “physical surveillance” was conducted against AmRen on May 17, 2001, between 9:00 a.m., and 11:30 a.m. A second “physical surveillance” was conducted on May 18, 2001, between 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
FBI Special Agent Tim Caruso was in charge of the investigation against AmRen. On May 5, 2001, an unknown female was consulted by Caruso who “concurs with the usage of” a redacted “investigative technique.”
The FBI has a copy of the AmRen newsletter of June 5, 2001, and screenshots of AmRen’s website pages as of June 6, 2001, which list the names of speakers who attended AmRen conferences.
On July 2, 2001, special agents of the FBI met with an unknown individual who was briefed on “white supremacist / neo-Nazi criminal activity in Northern Virginia.” After the presentation, the unknown individual and the FBI agreed that “investigative techniques” of an unknown nature would be used thereafter. The specific investigative techniques were redacted from the FBI’s file. It is presumed that the unknown individual is a specialist who infiltrates political dissident groups; this could evince that unconstitutional and unethical programs like COINTELPRO are still occurring.
On March 4, 2002, the FBI leased three vehicles and used an FBI-owned truck to conduct a surveillance operation. FBI records reference license plate record checks; it appears that the FBI ascertained the identities of members of AmRen by determining the identities of who owned vehicles present at AmRen-related functions.
“Local intelligence sources” were used by the FBI during the investigation of AmRen. This suggests that the FBI networked with local and state law enforcement agencies and/or non-governmental entities—such as the Southern Poverty Law Center or Anti-Defamation League.
On November 10, 2001, over seventy members of NA, CofCC, the World Church of the Creator, and others attended a protest of some kind. A meeting of over eighty people occurred thereafter, and people affiliated with AmRen were present.
The FBI file on AmRen includes a November 29, 2001, screenshot of the AmRen website which advertises the February 22-24, 2002, AmRen conference. “A physical surveillance was conducted in the vicinity” of the conference; the surveillance operation was a joint operation between the FBI and the Fairfax County Police Department.
On March 21, 2002, the FBI agents involved with spying on AmRen requested closure of the investigation on the basis that although AmRen is “closely aligned with white supremacist activity, there was no criminal activity identified.” On November 26, 2002, the investigation was officially closed.
MSU Young Americans for Freedom
On April 12, 2008, a “surveillance operation” was conducted by the FBI, the Michigan State Police, the Lansing Police Department, and the Michigan State University Police Department to investigate a private discussion by political dissidents of a right-wing political persuasion.
Photographs of attendees were taken of people walking into a restaurant at which the private discussion was scheduled to occur, and the FBI worried that the conservatives there were “conducting counter-surveillance.”
The conference was relocated to a different location than that at which it was originally scheduled to occur, and the government agents lost track of where the conference attendees were relocating.
The government operatives eventually figured out where the conference occurred and entered the room after the attendees had left. The FBI notes that “The position of tables, chairs, and a podium were indicative of a speech presentation format.” The room’s sole trashcan was searched and the FBI acquired a speaker’s written notes for their speech—which was in part about how the FBI spies on American political dissidents. Prophetically, the speech was also about how the popularity of European nationalism would rise in the U.S. just like it has and will rise in Europe: “In order to capitalize on the popularity we need: (A) National political party. Not focused on race, but traditional culture. Perception trumps reality in politics.” One cannot help but think of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign with this quote in mind.
The 2008 investigation of MSU-YAF was declassified on July 9, 2012.
The FBI’s investigation of Willis Carto’s Liberty Lobby began in the 1960s; its file on the Liberty Lobby includes newspaper articles about the organization, the organization’s publications, and private correspondence exchanged between Liberty Lobby and various individuals.
J. Edgar Hoover himself sent a letter in November 12, 1964, to Jeremy Horne—an employee of the Liberty Lobby—about the organization, and Hoover stated in it, “It is a self-described as a patriotic pressure group which stands for constitutional law, Americanism and individualism and opposes ‘bureaucratic dictatorship, giveaway internationalism and collectivism.’”
When an unknown individual sent the FBI a letter on January 25, 1965, which inquired about how to join the “good patriotic organization” that is the Liberty Lobby, J. Edgar Hoover responded by mailing the individual “some material on communism” and encouraged that Hoover’s books—Masters of Deceit and A Study of Communism—be read.
On March 7, 1966, a high-ranking freemason sent Hoover a personal letter in which it was pertinently stated, “I have been receiving literature from The Liberty Lobby * * * for several months, and have been favorably impressed with their information and their conservative and patriotic stand on the questions of the day.” The freemason went on to state that he would promote Liberty Lobby to his colleagues to join.
In June of 1966, the Liberty Lobby sent directly to a special agent of the FBI their newsletter, and the manner in which it was sent suggests that the Liberty Lobby did so in order to taunt the FBI for investigating them. Noted the FBI: “This is the first instance where we have an indication that a mailing of rightist group literature is being made direct to an FBI Office.”
On August 24, 1966, a letter on Liberty Lobby letterhead was sent to the FBI by an unknown member—the name was redacted—of the organization who implored the FBI to investigate Willis Carto for anti-Semitism and for being an adherent of National Socialism. Noteworthy about the informant is what he wrote at the end of the letter: “My name is in your file as having corresponded with you previously about other matters.” In an internal memorandum dated September 16, 1966, the FBI notes that this informant previously spied on the leftist Students for a Democratic Society for them. The FBI decided to not utilize the informant because the informant “has a ‘detective complex.’ He is a crusader who is so enthusiastic that he is trying to wear the hats of both communism and the ultra-right[.]” The informant, however, did provide the FBI evidence that Liberty Lobby was deeply affiliated with Young Republicans in Washington, D.C., as well as the Young Americans for Freedom. Further, “Friends of Rhodesian Independence” and Government Education Foundation were front-groups of Liberty Lobby.
In a memorandum, the FBI notes that there is no conservative leader “more evasive or enigmatic than” Willis Carto of the Liberty Lobby. The FBI felt that due to its growing popularity, “it is encumbent [sic] that we examine the man responsible for its creation, its programs, and its policies[.]” The FBI notes that Carto is “the central figure behind the growth of the [Francis Parker] Yockey cult[.]”
An odd phenomenon noted in the files the FBI has on Liberty Lobby is that dozens of American citizens sent the FBI letters in which it was requested that the FBI relay whether Liberty Lobby is a good anti-communist group to join. It appears that patriotic Americans of yesteryear trusted their government and that the government actively directed these Americans to join certain anti-communist organizations. The FBI used a form-style letter to respond to these inquiries.
In 1969, an opinion piece written by Drew Pearson and Jack Anderson was published under different titles in various newspapers across the country which accused Liberty Lobby of being a “neo-Nazi” group with goals of taking over the United States. The left-wing journalists accused the “Mafia-like” Liberty Lobby of being a visible arm of “the Francis Parker Yockey Movement,” to which belonged as members not “motley misfits, but doctors, lawyers, writers, and businessmen from America’s upper-middle class. They belong to secret cells where they are known only by code names.” By this time, Liberty Lobby was raising $850,000 per year in donations—quite a bit of money in the 1960s—, and had incredible influence over major politicians, such as U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond and various congressmen.
The FBI file noted that U.S. Senator John G. Tower (R-Texas), U.S. Congressman Otto E. Passman (D-Louisiana), U.S. Congressman Albert W. Watson (R-South Carolina), U.S. Congressman Walter S. Baring (D-Nevada), U.S. Congressman James B. Utt (R-California), U.S. Congressman John Dowdy (D-Texas), Governor George C. Wallace (D-Alabama), Novelist Taylor Caldwell, and Lt. Gen. George E. Stratemeyer (USAF) all publicly supported Liberty Lobby.
The FBI noted that after Pearson and Anderson wrote the derogatory opinion piece about Liberty Lobby, Anderson called the FBI at 3:01 p.m. on May 1, 1969, to ask the FBI to investigate Liberty Lobby. The FBI noted that “it appears quite obvious that Anderson and Pearson want to be in a position of stating that the FBI is investigating the alleged Nazi organization they have been writing about.”
On May 23, 1969, U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd sent the FBI a letter in which he requested information on Liberty Lobby.
On January 3, 1973, U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater sent the Federal Communications Commission director a letter in which Goldwater noted that he heard that the Liberty Lobby was contacting radio stations to see if they would act as emergency radio stations in time of war and that if a radio station so agreed, that it would be provided an auxiliary generator so that it could work during times of national emergency.
The FBI began spying on Stormfront in 1997 after mailings containing controversial subject matter came to the government’s attention. An African-American woman who received a mailing wanted to sue the United Postal Service for $143,000 for each mailing if it was determined that UPS was acting in a conspiracy to promote Stormfront.
The FBI also investigated the European-American Student Union, which was allegedly affiliated with the Asatru Folk Assembly and Stormfront.
The Department of Justice conducted a “civil rights investigation” against Stormfront.
On July 31, 1984, INTERPOL—an international association—requested from the FBI information on Revilo P. Oliver, The Institute for Historical Review, Willis Carto, Ditlieb Felderer, Prof. Robert Faurisson, Thomas Marcellus, Dr. Walter Beveraggi Allende, Dr. Austin J. App, Perry Al Greaves, and Dr. Martin A. Larson. The reason for the inquiry is because the individuals and organization were merely alleged to hold right-wing views. The FBI classified the INTERPOL inquiry as “unrestricted” to all available information that the FBI had in its possession.
On October 6, 1984, the FBI gave INTERPOL information on the political dissidents despite the FBI noting that “No participation or involvement in criminal activity was noted among any of the individuals on whom [redacted] is seeking information.” Noteworthy about the redaction box is that it is the size that it would be if “Israel” was listed as the country requesting the information.
The FBI gave INTERPOL the following information of each subject: race, sex, height, weight, hair, eyes, date of birth, place of birth, driver’s license number, social security numbers, military service record, residential history, arrest history, spouse’s name, occupation, employment history, and associations with political organizations.
Confidential informants codenamed “SI T-3” and “SI T-4” spied on Oliver for the FBI. They reported that Oliver was “brilliant” and a “close personal friend” of William F. Buckley, Jr.
The FBI file on Carto includes Carto’s application for a passport, numerous pamphlets and articles Carto’s Liberty Lobby published, and materials about The Northern League—which appears to be a pan-European rights group of which Carto was affiliated.
Francis applied to serve as a legislative assistant with the U.S. Senate, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation did a thorough background check of him and thereafter monitored Francis’ activities as a paleoconservative.
The investigation of Francis was so thorough that the FBI knew Francis’ weight at certain times in his life, where Francis lived between his date of birth—1947—to 1981, specific details about Francis’ education (3.03 GPA at John Hopkins University), and all countries Francis ever visited and the reasons for those visits. People who knew Francis were interviewed by special agents of the FBI—including multiple college professors, friends, former neighbors, former employers, and the Central Intelligence Agency.
On July 7, 1981, the FBI contacted the British government to request information that the foreign government has on Francis. No less than three “confidential sources” abroad provided the FBI information about Francis.
The FBI notes that “there is no reason, whatsoever, to doubt his loyalty to the United States.” Everyone who knew Francis and offered commentary about him praised him highly.
On October 25, 1978, Francis was found guilty of petty larceny, fined $100 and ordered to pay $25 in costs, and was sentenced to serve ten days in jail. However, Francis appealed the sentence, and on December 6, 1978, a motion to dismiss (nolle prosequi) was granted and the criminal conviction was set aside.
William F. Buckley, Jr.
In 1989 the FBI investigated an attempt by a leftist to extort money from Buckley.
On October 20, 1950, an internal FBI memorandum called Buckley “pro-FBI” and praised Buckley insofar as Buckley “carried our banner at Yale.” The day before, Buckley sent a letter to the FBI to request the opportunity to meet J. Edgar Hoover. On October 25, 1950, the meeting happened, and on October 24, an FBI underling provided FBI Assistant Director Lewis Nichols a memorandum of what Nichols should say to Buckley at the meeting.
At the October 25 meeting, Buckley and his wife met Hoover for forty-five minutes and were afforded the opportunity to visit the FBI Director’s reception room, the exhibit room, the laboratory, the communications department, the traffic diorama, and the shooting range where Buckley and his wife each got to shoot a Thompson submachine gun. Buckley’s visit at the FBI’s headquarters was extensively documented by FBI agents.
The FBI describes Buckley in their internal documents as an “outspoken anticommunist” and notes that the FBI has a file on Buckley’s father and one for National Review.
The FBI read Buckley’s Up From Liberalism book and noted that the FBI was mentioned in passing on pages 80 and 82. Further, the FBI notes that Buckley’s “attacks on everyone who disagrees with him are vitriolic, and a quick review indicates that it is neither a balanced nor an effective presentation.”
On April 9, 1959, Buckley debated James Wechsler—the editor of the New York Post—at Hunter College on the subject of “Should We Repudiate Liberalism” before an audience of approximately 1500 attendees. The FBI notes that “The lecture was discreetly covered by Special Agents of our New York Office[.]” The special agents who spied on the meeting forwarded to the FBI a “detailed analysis of the debate.”
On October 26, 1962, Buckley and his son visited the FBI headquarters for a tour, which was again detailed extensively by the FBI agents who chaperoned the Buckleys around.
On October 21, 1962, a televised debate between Buckley and Gore Vidal occurred. A special agent with the FBI was tasked with watching it and taking notes.
On February 2, 1966, an internal FBI memorandum stated that National Review was being sued for falsely accusing people of being communists, and the memorandum provided that the FBI would not become involved in the matter.
Buckley’s obsession with the FBI is odd—he sent numerous personal letters to Hoover—which often included gifts—that can only fairly be described as quasi-love-letters. However, in 1967 at Hoover’s direction, Buckley was “removed from the Special Correspondents List” due to Buckley mocking Hoover in a May 30, 1967 issue of National Review.
On July 1, 1969, an internal FBI memorandum relayed that Buckley attempted to solicit Hoover to file a lawsuit against The Olympia Press for defamation for publishing a paperback book entitled The Homosexual Handbook which slurred Hoover and Buckley as homosexuals. Buckley wrote to Hoover that should Buckley file suit, that the lawsuit would be of a category that would “be sealed, so that they will not come to the attention of the press.” Buckley’s attorney was C. Dickerson Williams.
Maurice Girodias, the attorney for The Olympia Press, Inc., sent Williams a letter on May 21, 1969, in which it was stated that it is the position of The Olympia Press, Inc., that Buckley is a homosexual insofar as Gore Vidal accused Buckley of being a homosexual and a "crypto-Nazi" during a televised debate, but Buckley only denied being a Nazi.
On April 17, 1970, the FBI received for its file on Buckley the May 1970 issue of Playboy magazine because Buckley was interviewed by said magazine. Apparently FBI agents are tasked with reading that magazine for its articles.
On July 23, 1971, an informant advised by written correspondence to the FBI that Buckley should “be kept under surveillance” due to “his super-conservatism” and “subversive activities.” The informant notes that Buckley “gets quite a bit of money off the underground pornographic magazine” Buckley publishes.
On June 2, 1969, the White House requested an expedited investigation of Buckley because Buckley was named to be appointed as a member of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Information. A June 6, 1969, report relayed that an FBI informant had reason to believe that Buckley “was a Nazi sympathizer”—just like Buckley’s father. A June 7, 1969, memorandum relayed that Buckley was arrested on January 7, 1950 for “breach of peace and injury to private property”—but both of the charges were dismissed. The records provide that Buckley was “arrested for drunkenness” on August 23, 1958, although the arresting officer told the FBI that the record is inaccurate. Further, the records provide that Buckley’s wife was arrested on June 5, 1969, for breaking into the Christ Episcopal Church of Sharon, Connecticut, and vandalizing it with cornmeal and magazine cartoons.
The FBI records show that Attorney Charles I. Rembar of Hellerstein, Rosier, and Rembar represented Buckley in a lawsuit against Esquire magazine, which confidentially settled the lawsuit by paying Buckley $115,000.00. Attorney Harold R. Medina, Jr., of Cravath, Swaine and Moore—who represented Equire magazine—told the FBI that Buckley is “an arrogant egomaniac with a very overbearing personality.”
L. Brent Bozell, the brother-in-law of Buckley, was arrested on June 6, 1970, at 11:30 a.m. for assaulting a police officer by hitting him “across the head with a large wooden cross[.]” Bozell was given a six-month suspended jail sentence on each charge. Bozell is a well-known conservative figure of yesteryear.
On October 25, 1978, the Commonwealth Police of Australia contacted the FBI to request information about Buckley because Buckley was scheduled to interview the Australian prime minister and said police had heard that Buckley “may be wanted in the U.S. on a six million dollar fraud.” The FBI file notes that the Australian government was provided “a brief background of William Frank Buckley” that noted that the Securities and Exchange Commission investigated Buckley for fraud and that the SEC’s investigators “recommended to the Commission that charges of inside fraud and filing false info be brought against all 12 persons and companies [which included Buckley].”
Francis Parker Yockey
Unlike Buckley, Francis, Oliver, Carto, AmRen, Liberty Lobby, Stormfront, and MSU-YAF for which only the FBI maintained records and conducted an investigation, the U.S. Government’s investigation of Yockey involved not just the FBI but the Central Intelligence Agency as well. Whereas the other subjects of political witch-hunts spawned the creation of only hundreds of pages, the federal government’s investigation of Yockey resulted in roughly two thousand pages of documents being created after an international investigation occurred.
The investigation of Yockey started in 1950 after he made anti-Semitic comments that were reported to the FBI by people party to the conversation.
The gist of the materials is that the FBI tracked Yockey—who traveled internationally throughout Northern Africa, Western and Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the United States—for years without being able to find him. Yockey’s known associates and foreign governments were contacted about Yockey’s activities and whereabouts, but not much was learned by the FBI. The more the FBI dug, the more questions they had.
When the FBI raided Yockey’s home while he was not there, they found a manuscript of an anti-communist speech for Senator Joe McCarthy. In a report dated February 16, 1953, the FBI agent noted that his supervisor may desire to contact Senator McCarthy to ascertain whether McCarthy is acquainted with Yockey and how Yockey acquired the original manuscript. In a March 5, 1953, letter, the FBI agent investigating Yockey was directed to not contact McCarthy at that point in time.
A February 7, 1955, report noted that “Yockey’s ambition is to become ‘Lord Haw Haw of the USSR and to attack the USA’ and that Yockey “is believed to have ‘a complete loathing for the US.”
On June 6, 1960—after nearly a decade of the FBI trying to track down Yockey—, the FBI found Yockey in a hotel room in California—and Yockey slammed a door on an FBI agent which caused said agent to require twenty-eight stiches and hospitalization of five days.
While in jail, Yockey died via cyanide poisoning. Benjamin Scharf, an associate of Yockey, was eventually arrested and he committed suicide in jail.
A June 20, 1960, report notes that while Yockey was in custody, other prisoners “developed an intense dislike for Yockey.” The prisoners felt that Yockey was “anti-everything; anti-U.S.; anti-Negro and anti-Jewish.” The prisoners relayed that Yockey “was well connected with the Castro Regime [of communist Cuba].”
A woman who was married to a man named “Richard Allen” on June 24, 1954, was interviewed by the FBI, and it was revealed during the interview that Allen was actually Yockey and that the woman did not know of Yockey’s real identity. She relayed that Yockey desired to become a concert pianist.
A prisoner told the FBI that Yockey “expressed admiration for the late Senator McCarthy and expressed the wish that McCarthy was still conducting investigations.” The prisoner further relayed that Yockey felt that he was important to the federal government as evidenced by the fact that “four or five years ago Drew Peterson [(the same Peterson who slurred Liberty Lobby and Yockey was referring to the very same opinion piece)] had described him in a column as the greatest threat to the internal security of the United States.”
When the U.S. Army psychologists analyzed Yockey in 1943, the doctors noted that Yockey “was probably unable to cope with the fact he was not an officer and had to take orders from people he considered to be of inferior intelligence.” Yockey’s intelligence quotient was 170.
The FBI noted that it has reason to believe that the Anti-Defamation League closed its own “file” on Yockey upon Yockey’s capture and death.
In a June 19, 1960, internal FBI memorandum, it was stated that a special agent with the FBI “reportedly indicated during the evening of June 16, 1960, that he had come into the possession of a ‘super-secret’ file regarding Yockey, which was “dynamite.” Two FBI special agents were directed to contact the other special agent about the “super-secret” file.