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Gimme Some TruthThe John Lennon FBI Files$
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Jon Wiener

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780520216464

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520216464.001.0001

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From District Court to the Supreme Court

From District Court to the Supreme Court

(p.35) 2 From District Court to the Supreme Court
Gimme Some Truth

Jon Wiener

University of California Press

The FBI had released documents that had been previously withheld, although it had won the case at the district court level. They released some of the Haldeman letters, four months after the case was filed, which had been completely blacked out originally. The letters summarized the state of the case for deporting Lennon. Hoover reported that Lennon had been offered a teaching position at New York University for the summer of 1972, hardly a criminal matter. He also informed the White House that Lennon claimed to have been appointed to “the President's Council on Drug Abuse.” The FBI had confused the National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse, to which Lennon had not been appointed and never claimed to have been, with the American Bar Association Committee on Drug Abuse. Nothing in the letter to Haldeman identified any violations of the law that would justify an FBI investigation.

Keywords:   Haldeman, Hoover, White House, FBI investigation, violations

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