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All Extremists Should Be Considered Dangerous

 
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Lennon was one of the Beatles, the English singing group so popular at the time. However, like so many others, he was outspoken against the Vietnam War and the treatment of the Chicago 7. The Nixon administration tried to have him deported, but failed due to adverse court hearings. However, the FBI assembled a huge file on him because of his anti administration views. Lennon had donated money to an organization organizing a Protest at the Republican National Convention and the FBI tried to argue that he was helping to foment violence. He retained his residency in the U. S. His child was born in America and he himself was assassinated in America. This particular quotation is often used by the critics and opponents of the FBI by pointing out the historically they have treated left wing extremists as dangerous but ignored right wing extremists until the 1970s but even then were much more tolerant of the latter.
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FBI, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Large Headline Note at the Top of the Secret File of John Lennon, 1972

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