FBI: “OK, John Lennon Wasn’t Really a Communist or a Terrorist”
Twenty-six years after John Lennon’s murder, the FBI has finally grasped what most Americans already knew: John Lennon was not a member of the Communist Party, he wasn’t conspiring with “foreign agents” and he did not seek the violent overthrow of the United States government. Can we move on now?
Historian Jon Wiener started writing a book about John Lennon in 1981, just a few months after Lennon’s murder. His book was to include information about the relentless surveillance and harassment Lennon was subjected to during the 1970s. The FBI refused to release this information on the grounds of “National Security.” (Gee, where have we heard that before?)
Wiener’s 25-year battle with the FBI is finally over. They’ve been ordered by a federal judge to release their final surveillance reports on John Lennon. The FBI had argued against releasing this information because “an unnamed foreign government secretly provided the information, and releasing the documents could lead to diplomatic, political or economic retaliation against the United States.”
Wiener responded to this psycho FBI claim with “I doubt that Tony Blair’s government will launch a military strike on the U.S. in retaliation for the release of these documents. Today, we can see that the national security claims that the FBI has been making for 25 years were absurd from the beginning.”
The most shocking information from the FBI’s surveillance was....... ::drumroll:: be sure you're sitting down when you read this — two prominent British leftists wanted John Lennon to provide funding for “a left-wing bookshop and reading room in London,” but Lennon didn’t give them any money.
Richard Nixon’s administration hounded and persecuted John Lennon mercilessly for the “crime” of opposing the Vietnam war.