April 1 2021 — In its 1970 April Fool’s issue, The Spectator — Columbia University’s newspaper — ran a few hilarious pranks, including a fake letter from William M. Kunstler. Almost a decade later, the legendary civil rights activist found that letter in his FBI file. And he was not amused… Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY
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The April Fool “letter” attributed to Mr. Kunstler reads in part:
“When the time comes for trashing buildings, throwing stinkbombs and burning banks, I’ll let you know.”
The fake letter reversed sentiments expressed by Mr. Kunstler at a demonstration on campus earlier that year.
Mr. Kunstler had told 1,400 students that “burning banks and breaking windows do no good.”
Many years later, Kunstler discovered the letter among 900 to 1,000 pages of documents he obtained in a civil suit against the F.B.I.
A spokesman for the F.B.I. confirmed the story.
“Maybe the agent threw it in there, realizing it was a joke issue, Maybe not. I don’t know what the attitude was of the agent who worked on it. Just because something is in a file does not mean it would not be taken in the right light.”
Hemingway had repeatedly called Hoover the head of “the American Gestapo.” The FBI simply dismissed Hemingway as a drunken phony.
Obviously, this story scores a point for the 1954 Nobel Prize.
No Sense of Humor — Men in Black (1997)
April Fool — The New York Times (March 25 1977)
April Fool — Beware: FBI has no sense of humor…