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The FBI’s Village Voice Files: ‘It Is a Well-Known Hippie Paper’


The FBI has released a cache of documents about the Village Voice dating from 1969 to 1997 that are now available under FOIA. Bomb threats! Contras! Secret lists! Ed Koch vs. J. Edgar Hoover!

First up: were Village Voice subscribers in the ’70s added to a creepy secret government list? A letter from a disgruntled and possibly paranoid subscriber in 1970:


And J. Edgar Hoover’s response:

And an almost identical one, to Senator Joseph D. Tydings:

Hippies then, hippies now, hippies forever. As for Hoover’s secret VV subscriber blacklist, what was the deal? By the way, September 1970 is the same month that President Nixon requested 1,000 FBI agents to be posted at college campuses. The Bureau was focusing its energies in all the right places, clearly.

We’ll post more as we continue to scour the archives.


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