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03 October 2004
The last few classified pages of John Lennon's controversial FBI file may soon see the light of day after a court rejected the argument that they could compromise relations with an unnamed foreign power - widely assumed to be Britain.
The ruling, by a federal judge in Los Angeles, marked the latest victory in a 21-year struggle by a southern California history professor to bring out the truth about the former Beatle and the FBI, which was put on his tail by the Nixon administration during the heated 1972 presidential election campaign.
Jon Wiener, who teaches at the University of California in Irvine, believes the missing 10 pages are in fact MI5 files detailing Lennon's political activities in Britain in 1970 and 1971. Their content, he says, is not as important to the US government as the fact that they originated with a foreign intelligence service, which the FBI is keen to protect.
Originally posted by QuietSoul
What you should be asking yourself is why has the Bush administration tried very hard to make getting information under the FOIA as difficult as possible?