Saturday, April 2, 2011

My 1972 Kent State FBI file obtained in 1978 through the Freedom of Information Act: "K-2" Spying on Paul Keane at Kent State

Gossip? President Richard Nixon and FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover

Who Was Spying on Me at Kent State? 
(see FBI report below)

Some people still want to paint me as a radical because of my involvement with the call for justice over the 1970 Kent State murders. (And they WERE murders; even Vice President Agnew called them "at least second degree murder.") 

But I had  voted for Richard Nixon in 1968,  an act which forever ---and to my eternal disgrace ---disqualifies me from being a radical.

Even when I became an activist at Kent State, I wore a necktie!  

Some radical! 

And what kind of radical would cancel a demonstration outside the White House out of "respect" for the sudden death of J. Edgar Hoover? (see my 1972 FBI file below, which I obtained in 1978 through the Freedom of Information Act, passed in 1974)

Actually, my whole strategy was to dress, act, and speak like a moderate (even behaving with respect toward  Establishment  icons like Nixon and Hoover) so that the injustice of  the Government's  failing to convene a Federal Grand Jury Investigation of the Kent State murders could not be dismissed as "merely the cause of those long haired hippies". 

A long-haired hippie, I was not.

Infiltrate and subvert!

In 1978 while at Yale Divinity School I used  the Freedom of Information Act Privacy Amendments of 1974, to obtain my FBI file from my students days (1969-74) at Kent State, and in defiance of  the FBI's invasion of my privacy, promptly held a "Freedom of Information Act Party" sending out an invitation and copy of my file to guests at Yale and in New Haven. ( to enlarge, click on documents above)

 (from Wikipedia)


FOIA amendments and related executive orders

The FOIA has been changed repeatedly by both the legislative and executive branches.

[edit]The Privacy Act Amendments of 1974

Following the Watergate scandal, President Gerald R. Ford wanted to sign Freedom of Information Act-strengthening amendments in thePrivacy Act of 1974, but concern (by his chief of staff Donald Rumsfeld and deputy Richard Cheney) about leaks and legal arguments that the bill was unconstitutional (by government lawyer Antonin Scalia, among others) persuaded Ford to veto the bill, according to documents declassified in 2004.[7] However, Congress voted to override Ford's veto, giving the United States the core Freedom of Information Act still in effect today, with judicial review of executive secrecy claims.[8][9]
These amendments to the FOIA regulate government control of documents which concern a citizen. It gives one “(1) the right to see records about [one]self, subject to the Privacy Act's exemptions, (2) the right to amend that record if it is inaccurate, irrelevant, untimely, or incomplete, and (3) the right to sue the government for violations of the statute including permitting others to see [one’s] records unless specifically permitted by the Act.”[10] In conjunction with the FOIA, the PA is used to further the rights of an individual gaining access to information held by the government. The Justice Department's Office of Information and Privacy and federal district courts are the two channels of appeal available to seekers of information.[11]