Charter for a local unit of the CPUSA dated October 24, 1919
J. Edgar Hoover, FBI director from 1924 to 1972
The 30th National Convention was held in Chicago in 2014
The "suicide letter", mailed anonymously to King by the FBI
Robert G. Thompson and Benjamin J. Davis leaving the courthouse during the Smith Act trials of Communist Party leaders in 1949–1958
An FBI surveillance photograph of Joseph D. Pistone (aka Donnie Brasco), Benjamin "Lefty" Ruggiero and Edgar Robb (aka Tony Rossi), 1980s
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FBI SWAT agents in a training exercise
1976 presidential campaign poster
An FBI agent tags the cockpit voice recorder from EgyptAir Flight 990 on the deck of the USS Grapple (ARS 53) at the crash site on November 13, 1999.
September 11 attacks at the Pentagon
FBI field divisions map
Organization chart for the FBI as of July 15, 2014
An FBI agent at a crime scene
FBI badge and service pistol, a Glock Model 22, .40 S&W caliber
FBI Director James Comey visiting the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota in June 2016.
The J. Edgar Hoover Building, FBI Headquarters
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The FBI Academy, located in Quantico, Virginia
The FBI Field Office in Chelsea, Massachusetts
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Agents in training on the FBI Academy firing range
A Glock 22 pistol in .40 S&W caliber
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The popular TV series The X-Files depicts the fictional FBI Special Agents Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) and Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) who investigate paranormal phenomena.

By 1957, membership had dwindled to less than 10,000, of whom some 1,500 were informants for the FBI.

- Communist Party USA

The discovery of Soviet spies operating in the US allowed Hoover to pursue his longstanding obsession with the threat he perceived from the American Left, ranging from Communist Party of the United States of America (CPUSA) union organizers to American liberals.

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Socialist A. Philip Randolph, who led the 1963 March on Washington at which Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his speech "I Have a Dream"

American Left

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The American Left consists of individuals and groups that have sought egalitarian changes in the economic, political and cultural institutions of the United States.

The American Left consists of individuals and groups that have sought egalitarian changes in the economic, political and cultural institutions of the United States.

Socialist A. Philip Randolph, who led the 1963 March on Washington at which Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his speech "I Have a Dream"

Despite existing left-wing factions within the Democratic Party, as well as minor third parties such as the Green Party, Communist Party, Party for Socialism and Liberation, Workers World Party, Socialist Party, and American Solidarity Party (a Christian democratic party leaning left on economics), none of the parties have ever won a seat in congress.

In the 1960s, the FBI's COINTELPRO program monitored, infiltrated, disrupted and discredited radical groups in the United States.

Hoover in 1961

J. Edgar Hoover

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American law enforcement administrator who served as the first Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the United States.

American law enforcement administrator who served as the first Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the United States.

Hoover in 1961
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Hoover in 1932
Hoover in 1940
Hoover investigated ex-Beatle John Lennon by putting the singer under surveillance, and Hoover wrote this letter to Richard Kleindienst, the US Attorney General in 1972. A 25-year battle by historian Jon Wiener under the Freedom of Information Act eventually resulted in the release of documents like this one.
Hoover photographed in 1959
July 24, 1967. President Lyndon B. Johnson (seated, foreground) confers with (background L-R): Marvin Watson, J. Edgar Hoover, Sec. Robert McNamara, Gen. Harold Keith Johnson, Joe Califano, Sec. of the Army Stanley Rogers Resor, on responding to the Detroit riots
President Lyndon B. Johnson at the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. White House East Room. People watching include Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, Senate Minority Leader Everett M. Dirksen, Senator Hubert Humphrey, First Lady "Lady Bird" Johnson, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., F.B.I. Director J. Edgar Hoover, Speaker of the House John McCormack. Television cameras are broadcasting the ceremony.
FBI Headquarters in Washington, DC
Hoover with Bebe Rebozo (left) and Richard Nixon. The three men relax before dinner, Key Biscayne, Florida, December 1971.
Hoover and his assistant Clyde Tolson sitting in beach lounge chairs, c. 1939

He was appointed director of the Bureau of Investigation – the FBI's predecessor – in 1924 and was instrumental in founding the FBI in 1935, where he remained director for another 37 years until his death in 1972 at the age of 77.

COINTELPRO was first used to disrupt the Communist Party USA, where Hoover ordered observation and pursuit of targets that ranged from suspected citizen spies to larger celebrity figures, such as Charlie Chaplin, whom he saw as spreading Communist Party propaganda.

Hall's ID badge photo from Los Alamos

Theodore Hall

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American physicist and an atomic spy for the Soviet Union, who, during his work on US efforts to develop the first and second atomic bombs during World War II (the Manhattan Project), gave a detailed description of the "Fat Man" plutonium bomb, and of several processes for purifying plutonium, to Soviet intelligence.

American physicist and an atomic spy for the Soviet Union, who, during his work on US efforts to develop the first and second atomic bombs during World War II (the Manhattan Project), gave a detailed description of the "Fat Man" plutonium bomb, and of several processes for purifying plutonium, to Soviet intelligence.

Hall's ID badge photo from Los Alamos
Modern-day Los Alamos aerial view
Basic design of an implosion-type atomic bomb
Report on recruiting of Theodore Hall from the Venona project

While on a vacation in New York City in October 1944, he visited the CPUSA offices, instead of the Soviet Consulate (where he feared FBI surveillance), in order to locate a contact to pass information on the Manhattan Project along to the Soviet Union.

Hall was questioned by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in March 1951 but was not charged.