Your FBI File

Today TaxMama got distracted. I started reading Al Tompkins’ interview with Tisha Thompson at WTTG-TV in Washington, D.C., who started digging into FBI files on people for her reports.

The information is hard to get and often requires dogged persistence. She says it can take as many as 56 letters to get someone’s file. Do you have anything to worry about?

I thought I’d share this with you, since the FBI is almost as fearsome an organization as IRS when it comes to being all-knowing and all-seeing.

Thompson unearthed some surprising information, like letters from J. Edgar Hoover to Vince Lombardi and his wife, when Lombardi was dying of cancer. It seems Hoover was quite a fan and often wrote letters to celebrities.

Her TV station Fox 5 News set up a permanent site covering the information Thompson found – and has yet to receive.

You can read the files yourself. You can learn how to get copies of your own file. And you can return the site as Thompson releases the copies of files she has yet to receive. She will be providing continuing reports throughout the year.

Incidentally, there’s a link to FBI’s frequently requested files. Did you know that the files of many famous or notorious people and cases are now open to the public right on the website?

Aside from the sheer curiosity factor, what a great resource for high school and college students doing reports!

And remember, you can find answers to all kinds of questions about your FBI files and other tax issues, free. Where? Where else? At

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