COMEDIAN or Terrorist? George Carlin Gets A 12-page FBI File
George Carlin was an awesome comedian, and more than that he was one who got his laughs by doing what most others would not; by constantly poking the very irritable and VERY dangerous bugbear that is the government. And not simply by pointing out the physical flaws of the politicians, or parodying their harmless but annoying quirks (an easy way to milk the crowd for cheap laughs). That would have been far safer, because that sort of routine does not reveal anything incriminating about them OR the systemâŠ
He actually made people laugh with the truth. Entertaining with the truth isnât just extraordinarily difficult, considering how people tend NOT to be entertained by such serious/boring/depressing issues (though this sort of comedy had the advantage of already being a dirty joke without requiring much effort). It is also very dangerous.
In 1978, the government referred to his âSeven Dirty Wordsâ AKA âFilthy Wordsâ segment in a Supreme Court Case FCC V Pacifica Foundation as an example of profanity- the case was brought because John DouglasâsÂ (who was a member of âMorality in MediaââŠ Seriously, we had one of those?) son had apparently heard George Carlinâs âFilthy Wordsâ routine on an uncensored Pacifica radio broadcast. A âlandmarkâ Supreme CourtÂ decision that had defined the power of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) over indecent material as applied to broadcasting, the ruling was decided by a vote of five to four that his material was âindecent but not obsceneâ.Â This decision formally established indecency regulation in American broadcasting. In follow-up rulings, the Supreme Court established the safe harbor provision that grants broadcasters the right to broadcast indecent (but not obscene) material between the hours of 10 pm and 6 am, apparently because many children will be asleep by then.
This was by no means the first time he had run into trouble with the lawâŠ nor the last, as we shall see; he had also been arrested for performing the very same routine in 1972.
According to the documents, it all started back in 1969Â when he made an appearance on the Jackie Gleason Show. Carlin apparently pissed off the FBI when he started cracking jokes at the then-FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover.
His feelings hurt, the government apparently had to defend his honor, saying in the documents that Carlin hadÂ âreferred to the Bureau and the Director in a satirical veinâ.Â It was alsoÂ âconsidered to be in very poor tasteâ and âit was obvious that he was using the prestige of the Bureau and Mr. Hoover to enhance his performance.â That should stop that meanâŠ meany-pants!
And how does a comedian useÂ the âprestigeâ of an organisation heâs actively insulting? âHey, the FBI is CLEARLY such a prestigiousÂ bunch that I could NOT think of anything funny to say about em. Iâll just praise their brilliance for the entire nightâŠâ Your organisation canât be THAT prestigious if itâsÂ the butt of a joke from which your own chiefâs sense of self-worth canât seem to recover from.
Indeed, it was clear that Hoover took the work of satire as a personal attack, the files twice cite Carlinâs joke ââIâm J. Edgar Noover. I have just come back from a stakeout with [former Attorney General] Ramsey Clark â that is a cookout in the backyard’â and Hoover had actually gone out to personally respond to âviewersâ who were âupsetâ by CarlinâŠ âviewersâ who had apparently cared enough to send a copy of their long-winded defense of the FBI to BOTH the FBI and the Jackie Gleason show. Hoover had also at one point asked âWhat do we know of Â Carlin?â though by the end of the document it âseemsâ as though the FBI had concluded that âno further action be takenâ, despite Hooverâs interest.
After Carlin did that show, the people working at the Jackie Gleason show received numerous other anonymous letters condemning his speech against the governmentâŠ supposedly from âviewersâ and fans, but we know better than that seeing as the FBI had sent similar letters to other people whom they saw as a threat to themselves and the establishment including Dr Martin Luther King Junior. Such letters even threatened bodily harm or told the persons of interest to commit suicide.
This kind of faked fan-mail is the old-school basis for the NSA trolls we observe todayâŠ a false narrative given legitimacy by an NSA trollÂ pretendingÂ to beÂ an âunbiased fanâ. This is by no means conspiracy theory, Edward Snowden had long provenÂ the existence of these US-sponsored trollsÂ who areÂ acting against the alternative media, attempting to throw legitimate voices of opposition into disrepute, or suppress us from bothering to take a stand because of all the âhateâ we receive.
The rest of the files can be found in the following link, and the request for them had been made by Shawn Musgrave.
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