FBI Has 12 Page Document on Comedian
You may not have heard of American Comedian George Carlin but he is known as one of the most controversial and outspoken entertainers of his time.
George Carlin was noted for his black comedy and his thoughts on politics, the English language, psychology, religion, and various taboo subjects. Carlin and his “Seven dirty words” comedy routine were central to the 1978 U.S. Supreme Court case F.C.C. v. Pacifica Foundation, in which a 5–4 decision affirmed the government’s power to regulate indecent material on the public airwaves.
He is widely regarded as one of the most important and influential stand-up comedians: One newspaper called Carlin “the dean of counterculture comedians”. In 2004, Carlin was placed second on the Comedy Central list of the 100 greatest stand-up comedians.
From the late 1980s, Carlin’s routines focused on sociocultural criticism of modern American society. He often commented on contemporary political issues in the United States and satirized the excesses of American culture.
He went into great detail about corruption in government and business and as far as the government was concerned, he might as well have been a terrorist.
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Just after his 1969 appearance on the Jackie Gleason show, Carlin caught the attention of the FBI because he made jokes about then-FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover. According to the government, Carlin had “referred to the Bureau and the Director in a satirical vein.”
They added that his act was “considered to be in very poor taste” and “it was obvious that he was using the prestige of the Bureau and Mr. Hoover to enhance his performance.”
After Carlin’s appearance on the show, the staff of Jackie Gleason received a number of anonymous letters — allegedly from fans but possibly from the FBI — condemning Carlin for speaking about the government in the critical way that he did. It has since been proven that the FBI has indeed sent threatening letters to public figures in the past, pretending to be concerned colleagues or a member of the public, including to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The documents also reveal that Hoover took it upon himself to respond to a complaint from viewers in Cocoa Beach, FL who were upset with Carlin’s “‘take-off’ on the FBI, the Director, and the ‘ten most wanted’.”
The viewer complained about “such a flagrant display of poor taste and degradation of one of our finest governmental investigative agencies, which maintains dignity, pride, and honor.” The viewer even went as far as to accuse Carlin of “contributing to the breakdown in this nation’s respect for law and order.”
Clearly, anyone who speaks out against the injustices of the world, whether they are a dangerous terrorist or a harmless comedian, will receive unwanted attention from the government and this file shows just how paranoid the government was back then, let alone today.
The FBI have a decidedly depressing and insidious reputation nowadays from planting internal paid informants on websites they don’t like to involvement in nearly all of the highest-profile domestic terrorism plots in the United States since 9/11, which featured the “direct involvement” of government agents or informants, particularly the FBI, a new report says.
It was recently discovered that the FBI had a file on Steve Jobs. It covered a range of potential security clearance red flags: past drug use (marijauna, LSD), his character (“dishonest”) and close relatives living in communist-controlled countries (none).
George Carlin was right in much of what he said, characterised by this one famous line in his shows:
You can see the full 12 page file on George Carlin HERE
View a YouTube clip HERE