1. Philip Shenon explains on Fresh Air today how the FBI knew that Kennedy’s assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was a threat well before the shooting in Dallas:

It turned out that Lee Harvey Oswald had been under surveillance by the FBI for months before the assassination and the question becomes: Didn’t the FBI have information to suggest what a threat Lee Harvey Oswald might be? And didn’t it have an obligation to warn the Secret Service in advance of President Kennedy’s arrival in Dallas? … The decision seems to have been made by Hoover very early on to portray Oswald, whatever the evidence, as a lone wolf whose plot to kill the president could never had been detected by the FBI in advance — there was no conspiracy that the FBI could’ve stopped and saved the president. … The extent of the knowledge that the FBI had of Oswald before the assassination seems to be something that the FBI wanted to hide from the Warren commission.


Hear the full interview, read more highlights or read an excerpt from the book (about the botched autopsy) here View in High-Res

    Philip Shenon explains on Fresh Air today how the FBI knew that Kennedy’s assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was a threat well before the shooting in Dallas:

    It turned out that Lee Harvey Oswald had been under surveillance by the FBI for months before the assassination and the question becomes: Didn’t the FBI have information to suggest what a threat Lee Harvey Oswald might be? And didn’t it have an obligation to warn the Secret Service in advance of President Kennedy’s arrival in Dallas? … The decision seems to have been made by Hoover very early on to portray Oswald, whatever the evidence, as a lone wolf whose plot to kill the president could never had been detected by the FBI in advance — there was no conspiracy that the FBI could’ve stopped and saved the president. … The extent of the knowledge that the FBI had of Oswald before the assassination seems to be something that the FBI wanted to hide from the Warren commission.

    Hear the full interview, read more highlights or read an excerpt from the book (about the botched autopsy) here

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  1. The destruction of evidence begins within hours of the president’s death. President Kennedy is assassinated on a Friday. On Saturday night his autopsy report is pushed into the fireplace by the Navy pathologist. Several hours after that, FBI agents in Dallas shred a handwritten note that Oswald had left for them a few weeks before and flush it down the toilet. Then several hours after that, Marina Oswald, Oswald’s widow, puts a match to photographs that show her husband holding the assassination rifle. And that’s just the first weekend of evidence destruction, it goes on, and on, and on in the weeks that follow.

    — Philip Shenon, author of “A Cruel and Shocking Act”  shares his research on the Kennedy assassination investigation on Fresh Air today

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  1. The FBI has arrested the owner of the narcotics trafficking site “The Silk Road,” the most extensive criminal black market on the web. Until now he was known only by his handle, Dread Pirate Roberts. Ross Ulbricht, 29, was arrested yesterday in San Fransisco on counts of narcotics trafficking conspiracy, computer hacking conspiracy, and money laundering conspiracy. 
For more about The Silk Road and internet policing (how guys like Dread Roberts get caught) check out this interview with Nate Anderson, author of The internet Police. 

photo via wikicommons View in High-Res

    The FBI has arrested the owner of the narcotics trafficking site “The Silk Road,” the most extensive criminal black market on the web. Until now he was known only by his handle, Dread Pirate Roberts. Ross Ulbricht, 29, was arrested yesterday in San Fransisco on counts of narcotics trafficking conspiracy, computer hacking conspiracy, and money laundering conspiracy.

    For more about The Silk Road and internet policing (how guys like Dread Roberts get caught) check out this interview with Nate Anderson, author of The internet Police

    photo via wikicommons

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  1. Fresh Air speaks to journalist Seth Rosenfeld about his book “Subversives: The FBI’s War on Student Radicals and Reagan’s Rise to Power," now in paperback. The book looks at the FBI’s vendetta against the student movement at Berkley in the 1960s, and Reagan’s hand in getting the president of the university (Clark Kerr) fired:

[FBI Director] Hoover instantly ordered a major investigation of the free speech movement and assigned a lot of agents to look into it and whether it was a subversive plot. And they determined that while there were a few Communists and socialists involved in the protest, it would have happened anyway, because it was really just a protest about this campus rule [a rule banning students from political engagement]. 


photo via Chronicle, by Nat Farbman: Mario Savio, a leader of the student protests at Berkeley, is dragged away by campus police in 1964. View in High-Res

    Fresh Air speaks to journalist Seth Rosenfeld about his book Subversives: The FBI’s War on Student Radicals and Reagan’s Rise to Power," now in paperback. The book looks at the FBI’s vendetta against the student movement at Berkley in the 1960s, and Reagan’s hand in getting the president of the university (Clark Kerr) fired:

    [FBI Director] Hoover instantly ordered a major investigation of the free speech movement and assigned a lot of agents to look into it and whether it was a subversive plot. And they determined that while there were a few Communists and socialists involved in the protest, it would have happened anyway, because it was really just a protest about this campus rule [a rule banning students from political engagement]. 

    photo via Chronicle, by Nat Farbman: Mario Savio, a leader of the student protests at Berkeley, is dragged away by campus police in 1964.

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  1. If the J. Edgar Hoover Building (aka the FBI headquarters) burns down mysteriously over the weekend, we might know who did it: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Tim Weiner.
Bloomberg View:

The building’s ugliness is a perfect match for its shoddy construction. Rainwater pours into the building, and its thick skin is cracking. Passers-by run the risk of being brained by a falling chunk of FBI facade.
On the inside, things are worse. Never mind that the electrical systems, the air ducts and the elevators need $80 million worth of repairs. The Hoover building fails to meet basic security criteria established for federal buildings three years ago.

Today on the show, we’re listening back to an interview with Weiner about his book Enemies: A History of the FBI, which is now out in paperback.
Image of the FBI Headquarters in DC via smata2/Flickr

    If the J. Edgar Hoover Building (aka the FBI headquarters) burns down mysteriously over the weekend, we might know who did it: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Tim Weiner.

    Bloomberg View:

    The building’s ugliness is a perfect match for its shoddy construction. Rainwater pours into the building, and its thick skin is cracking. Passers-by run the risk of being brained by a falling chunk of FBI facade.

    On the inside, things are worse. Never mind that the electrical systems, the air ducts and the elevators need $80 million worth of repairs. The Hoover building fails to meet basic security criteria established for federal buildings three years ago.

    Today on the show, we’re listening back to an interview with Weiner about his book Enemies: A History of the FBI, which is now out in paperback.

    Image of the FBI Headquarters in DC via smata2/Flickr

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[FBI Director] Hoover instantly ordered a major investigation of the Free Speech Movement and assigned a lot of agents to look into it and whether it was a subversive plot. And they determined that while there were a few communists and socialists involved in the protest, it would have happened anyway, because it was really just a protest about this campus rule [a rule banning students from political engagement]. His agents repeatedly told [Hoover] that it would have happened anyway and it wasn’t a subversive plot, but Hoover ordered further investigation, and beyond that, dirty tricks to stifle dissent on the campus.

- Seth Rosenfeld on the FBI’s Interest in the Free Speech Movement  View in High-Res

    [FBI Director] Hoover instantly ordered a major investigation of the Free Speech Movement and assigned a lot of agents to look into it and whether it was a subversive plot. And they determined that while there were a few communists and socialists involved in the protest, it would have happened anyway, because it was really just a protest about this campus rule [a rule banning students from political engagement]. His agents repeatedly told [Hoover] that it would have happened anyway and it wasn’t a subversive plot, but Hoover ordered further investigation, and beyond that, dirty tricks to stifle dissent on the campus.

    - Seth Rosenfeld on the FBI’s Interest in the Free Speech Movement 

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  1. Hoover’s war on gays in the government dates back to 1937 and lasted all his life. He conflated – and he was not alone – communism with homosexuality. Both communists and homosexuals had secret coded language that they spoke to each other and they had clandestine lives, they met in clandestine places, they had secrets.

    — J. Edgar Hoover kept a secret list of homosexuals because he saw them as a threat to the nation.

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  1. Hoover saw the Civil Rights movement from the 1950s onward and the anti-war movement from the 1960s onward, as presenting the greatest threats to the stability of the American government since the Civil War.

    — On today’s Fresh Air, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Tim Weiner details the history of the FBI’s secret intelligence operations against “subversives.”

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  1. When there was a pushback later about enhanced interrogation techniques, we were giving alleged facts that enhanced interrogation techniques [like waterboarding] produced a lot of actionable intelligence that saved lives. We were told that Abu Zubaydah, after being waterboarded, identified Jose Padilla as the alleged dirty bomber and that Khalid Sheikh Muhammed was the mastermind behind 9/11. The problem with this [was that] these allegations were totally false because Abu Zubaydah gave this information well before these advanced interrogation techniques were applied.

    — On today’s Fresh Air, a conversation with an former FBI interrogator who says the government missed key opportunities because of mismanaged interrogations and dysfunctional relationships.

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  1. Today: how a son’s betrayal brought down his father’s murderous Chicago crime family. We’ll talk to Frank Calabrese Jr. who details how he helped the FBI convict his father of several murders by wearing a hidden wire and taping his father’s conversations. (Picture of the Philadelphia jail cell of another Chicago mobster)
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    Today: how a son’s betrayal brought down his father’s murderous Chicago crime family. We’ll talk to Frank Calabrese Jr. who details how he helped the FBI convict his father of several murders by wearing a hidden wire and taping his father’s conversations. (Picture of the Philadelphia jail cell of another Chicago mobster)

    Eastern State Penitentiary - Al Capone’s Cell (by James Mundie)

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