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Tag: Seth Rosenfeld

Book: Reagan Used Close Relationship With FBI and Hoover to Get Special Attention

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former President Ronald Reagan exploited his relationship with the FBI  and J. Edgar Hoover as an informant to get the agency to provide information on  his children Michael and Maureen and to obtain information unavailable to the public, LA Observer reports.

Citing Seth Rosenfeld’s new book, “Subversives: The FBI’s War on Student Radicals, and Reagan’s Rise to Power,” the Observer reports that Reagan was a close friend of J. Edgar Hoover, the longtime FBI director.

Reagan also reported secretly to the FBI about suspected Communists, even when evidence was scant, according to the Observer.

While president of the Screen Actors Guild in the 1940s and ’50s, Reagan cooperated with the FBI.

According to the book, Reagan asked the FBI to conduct investigations of family members when he became suspicious of people around them.

 

New Book Analyzes FBI’s Response to Berkeley in 1960s

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 Using tens of thousands of pages of unreleased FBI files, investigative journalist Seth Rosenfeld wrote a book, “Subversives,” about the agency’s handling of the Berkeley student movement in the 1960s, the Daily Beast reports.

The book reveals that top FBI officials went to great lengths to destroy the movement because they believed it posed a serious threat to America.

Rosenfeld also paints an unflattering portrait of Ronald Reagan, who was an FBI investigator and informant.

The FBI records took three decades and four lawsuits to obtain, the Daily Beast reported.