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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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Deposing the Fbi and Cia

Deposing the Fbi and Cia

3 Deposing the Fbi and Cia
Gimme Some Truth

Jon Wiener

University of California Press

Rosenbaum and Marmalefsky introduced an aggressive new strategy in September 1992. The government would have to release all the information withheld under exemption of the FOAI, the law enforcement investigation exemption, if it could be shown that the FBI's stated purpose in investigating Lennon was “pretextual.” The Thurmond memo and the CIA “CHAOS” memo were also quoted as evidence that the FBI investigation of Lennon lacked a legitimate law enforcement purpose but instead was “pretextual.” The FBI strenuously opposed the ACLU team's discovery motion and argued that no discovery was appropriate in any FOIA litigation. They also explored whether their investigation of Lennon was a legitimate one, motivated by the concern that the 1972 Republican National Convention would be disrupted by a group led by the same people who had been convicted of disrupting the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

Keywords:   Rosenbaum, Marmalefsky, Thurmond memo, pretextual, CHAOS

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