June 2, 2001 |
On their face, many of the more than 4,000 pages of FBI files recently given to defense attorneys in the Oklahoma City bombing case seem clearly worthless. But also buried in these dozens of boxes are personal letters from convicted mass killer Timothy J. McVeigh, an interview with his father and other witness statements--nuggets that McVeigh's attorneys might have found useful in preparing his defense. The value of the new material lies at the heart of McVeigh's fate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 2001
Re Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft postponing the execution of Timothy McVeigh, May 12: I am truly grateful to be an American and to know that our leaders of the Justice Department have found it in our best interest to give attention to the FBI files rather than go forward, in the normal manner of political correctness, with haste and take care of damages later. This is a wonderful redemption from the violent stances taken by the Justice Department in Waco and by McVeigh in the Oklahoma City bombing.
July 12, 1999 |
Within a month of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., the FBI began investigating King's successor, looking for the same type of "immoral activities" the bureau had tried to use to discredit King, newly released FBI files show. The files, obtained by Associated Press through the Freedom of Information Act, include an April 22, 1968, memo from FBI headquarters ordering an investigation of the Rev. Ralph David Abernathy.
September 12, 1999 |
Rudolf Nureyev a Soviet spy? Such a notion seems incredible to friends and admirers of the legendary ballet dancer, known for his rebellious nature, who was denounced by the Kremlin as a traitor after his 1961 defection. But the FBI took it seriously enough in 1964 to open an espionage investigation into Nureyev, according to recently declassified documents. Nureyev biographer Diane Solway describes the investigation as a "Keystone Kops affair" that says more about the FBI of J.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 1989 |
Attorneys for a UC Irvine history professor are scheduled to present arguments today before a federal appeals court as they seek to open FBI files on John Lennon. The case will test whether the FBI can cite national security as a reason for refusing to open its files on the slain rock musician, said Dan Marmalefsky, who is representing the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California. The appearance before the U.S.
August 1, 2001 |
A U.S. congressman whose name surfaced in newly released FBI documents asked Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft on Tuesday for assurances that law enforcement officials were not monitoring legitimate political activity. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) made the request after learning from The Times that a letter he authored regarding immigration reform found its way into the FBI files and was classified as secret for many years.
July 24, 1988
Charles Higham's claim that the case on Errol Flynn is closed (Outtakes, July 10) is in line with the absurdity of his other claims about the actor being a Nazi spy. There is no case on Flynn, and neither is there any material regarding Flynn's involvement with espionage in the FBI files. There is indeed a file on him in the main Washington bureau of the FBI, but it pertains only to moral accusations. J. Edgar Hoover tracked Flynn for years trying to nail him with the Mann Act but never could.
May 25, 1988 |
--What began as a sixth-grader's hopes of compiling his own international encyclopedia has led to a landmark suit against the FBI. Todd Patterson, now 17, of North Haledon, N. J., accuses the FBI of keeping tabs on him since he wrote to the Soviet Union and 168 other countries in 1983 for information for the encyclopedia.
August 21, 1994 |
Leonard Bernstein, who died at the age of 72 in October, 1990, was many things to many people. To almost everyone, he was a brilliant, incorrigibly flamboyant, essentially romantic conductor and a facile, conservative, sentimental composer who never seemed to have quite enough time to fulfill his own extraordinary promise.
January 27, 1988 |
The FBI conducted a six-year investigation of hundreds of people and organizations opposed to the Reagan Administration's policies in Central America, a New York-based lawyers' group said today. The Center for Constitutional Rights released about 50 pages of the 1,200 pages of FBI files it collected under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).