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Yup, the Government Began Spying on the Gays 50+ Years Ago

Great news for conspiracy theorists: Your fears have been confirmed! New documents released by the FBI under FOIA requests reveal “numerous files from the 1950s and 1960s detailing the FBI’s spying on early gay rights groups such as The Mattachine Society, which in one 1958 memo was categorized under ‘internal security.’ Homosexuality, in fact, was for a lengthy period an obsession of the bureau and the focus of multiple domestic intelligence operations, the memos show. Another file was spirited out of the regular bureau filing system because it involved ‘allegations of homosexuality of some very prominent individuals.’ It added: ‘In view of the obscene nature of the allegations and the prominence of some individuals mentioned, therein, it is felt that this file should be retained in the Special File Room.’”

The Special File Room? That’s where documents FBI brass wanted to keep secret from the public and Cognress were stored. There was probably some toe-tapping going on by the rear file cabinets, too. [Boston Globe, Petrelis]

By:           editor editor
On:           Mar 30, 2010
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  • 8 Comments
    • CHIEFSSRSHA
      CHIEFSSRSHA

      It was the McCarthy Era, fear of communism lurked everywhere. Homosexuals were also watched like any other group especially because of the Cambridge Spies. A healthy 3/4th of the scheming quartet were known to have homosexual tendencies.

      Mar 30, 2010 at 2:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Arkano18
      Arkano18

      Are we THAT interesting?

      It shocks me (not as much as Ricky Martin’s coming out)…

      …not.

      Mar 30, 2010 at 2:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • terrwill
      terrwill

      It’s how J.Edgar Hoover trolled for tricks……….. : p

      Mar 30, 2010 at 2:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • B
      B

      Given the stories that subsequently surfaced about J. Edgar Hoover (cross dressing, etc.), it wouldn’t surprise me if he ordered it personally so he could add contacts to his rolodex.

      Mar 30, 2010 at 2:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • conrad
      conrad

      and people still want to “queer” the census by giving the feds detailed information about where all the gays are? calling me crazy, but that sounds like a really stupid idea.

      this blip further proves my point, historically…

      Mar 30, 2010 at 2:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • M. Bergeron
      M. Bergeron

      Like it’s really all that hard to figure out where all the gays are. Hello, public parks! LOL!

      Mar 30, 2010 at 6:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jeffree
      jeffree

      J Edgar Hoover was a crossdressin dude with a few male “companions!” Supposedly. Or as they say in Indiana on Tv “supposably.”

      He’d be a republican congressman today chasing pages & tickling his staff members if he wasnt all dead & stuff!

      Another case of a “self loathing” gay man
      trying to keep his undercover covert ops on the down lowwwwwwww!!

      @B: His mantastic rolodex is prob buried with him! Lol, are U the *real B* or the new-b ? the glambert fan-tastic grrl? I miss those grrls already! So interesting…..
      Not.

      Mar 30, 2010 at 9:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Peter
      Peter

      J Edger Hoover and his FBI boyfriend Clyde Tolson surely were behind this. They epitomize how dangerous right wing closet cases are.

      Mar 30, 2010 at 10:01 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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