1962 March 6

FBI Alert: Marilyn Monroe Visits Mexico!


An FBI memo on this day alerted J. Edgar Hoover and others in the Bureau that the actress Marilyn Monroe had visited Mexico. Her trip obviously involved no violations of federal law, and the only reason for the surveillance was that Hoover was following Monroe because of her alleged relationships with President John F. Kennedy and Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy. Following the activities of Marilyn Monroe was a great waste of time and an abuse of her privacy rights.

The more serious abuses of Americans’ rights by the FBI involved spying on political activists, leaking damaging information to Congress and the press, burglaries of the offices of political groups, and forging documents to discredit people. See, for example, the FBI’s campaign to “neutralize” Dr. Martin Luther King, on December 23, 1963. See also the notorious COINTELPRO program, which was the most secret FBI effort and which engaged in a wide range of illegal activities COINTELPRO was authorized on March 8, 1956.  It exposed as a result of a burglary of the FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania on March 8, 1971.

Examine the FBI Files on Marilyn Monroe: http://vault.fbi.gov/Marilyn%20Monroe

Learn more: Curt Gentry, J. Edgar Hoover: The Man and the Secrets (1991)

Read the Church Committee report on abuses by the FBI: http://www.aarclibrary.org/publib/contents/church/contents_church_reports_book3.htm

See the FBI files on other actors, musicians, activists and politicians: http://vault.fbi.gov/

Find a Day

Abortion Rights ACLU african-americans Alice Paul anti-communism Anti-Communist Hysteria Birth Control Brown v. Board of Education Censorship CIA Civil Rights Civil Rights Act of 1964 Cold War Espionage Act FBI First Amendment Fourteenth Amendment freedom of speech Free Speech Gay Rights Hate Speech homosexuality Hoover, J. Edgar HUAC Japanese American Internment King, Dr. Martin Luther Ku Klux Klan Labor Unions Lesbian and Gay Rights Loyalty Oaths McCarthy, Sen. Joe New York Times Obscenity Police Misconduct Same-Sex Marriage Separation of Church and State Sex Discrimination Smith Act Spying Spying on Americans Vietnam War Voting Rights Voting Rights Act of 1965 War on Terror Watergate White House Women's Rights Women's Suffrage World War I World War II Relocation Camps


Tell Us What You Think

We want to hear your comments, criticisms and suggestions!