The FBI was interested in this guy, too

I’m off to learn about Billy James Hargis, a red-baiting crusader who made waves in the 1950s, 60s and 70s.

Hargis, who was hated by the Communists and investigated by the FBI, died years ago, but his papers were preserved by the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

When I’m done, I’ll be able to tell you why federal agents were digging into his background. It may simply be that some anonymous jokester sent an anonymous tip to the FBI, alleging that Hargis was part of a Grand Communist Conspiracy, and the FBI fell for it.

More soon.

Frank

Updated: November 12, 2010 — 6:18 am

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