Tuesday, December 22, 2015

FBI Files: Military questioned Pete Seeger’s Wartime Loyalty

In a security investigation triggered by a wartime letter he wrote denouncing a proposal to deport all Japanese-Americans, the Army intercepted Seeger's mail to his fiancee, scoured his school records, talked to his father, interviewed an ex-landlord and questioned his pal Woody Guthrie, according to FBI files obtained by The Associated Press. Investigators concluded that Seeger's association with known communists and his Japanese-American fiancee pointed to a risk of divided loyalty. Seeger's "Communistic sympathies, his unsatisfactory relations with landlords and his numerous Communist and otherwise undesirable friends, make him unfit for a position of trust or responsibility," according to a military intelligence report. The investigation, forwarded to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, is detailed in more than 1,700 pages from Seeger's FBI file, released by the National Archives under the Freedom of Information Act.

More:  http://bigstory.ap.org/article/dc9d717fba864fef80ba36fe224d6846/fbi-files-military-questioned-pete-seegers-wartime-loyalty


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