April Fool — Beware: FBI has no sense of humor…

“You would think those [FBI] idiots would understand that [April Fool] letter. They are really nuts.”

William M. Kunstler — US most famous civil‐rights attorney

William Moses Kunstler (July 7, 1919 – September 4, 1995) was an American lawyer and civil rights activist, known for defending the Chicago Seven. The New York Times labeled him “the country’s most controversial and, perhaps, its best-known lawyer.”

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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“No, ma’am. We at the FBI do not have a sense of humor we’re aware of.”

Tommy Lee JonesMen in Black (1997)

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.

“Ernest Hemingway’s relationship with the Federal Bureau of Investigation would charitably be described as ‘strained’. Hemingway would tell anybody who’d listen that he thought the Bureau were a bunch of Nazi mediocrities…”

Muckrock — Ernest Hemingway’s death significantly improved his relationship with the FBI’

No Sense of Humor — Men in Black (1997)

REFERENCES

April Fool — The New York Times (March 25 1977)

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April Fool — Beware: FBI has no sense of humor…

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