FBI Sent ‘Agitator’ Saul Alinsky’s File to the Secret Service After He Warned of Threat to LBJ
The Federal Bureau of Investigation sent records on left-wing community organizer Saul Alinsky to the Secret Service after Alinsky suggested that President Lyndon Johnson would be in danger when visiting Chicago for the 1968 Democratic National Convention.
CNSNews.com learned this information after obtaining the FBI’s complete file on Alinsky — one of President Barack Obama’s intellectual forebears — through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.
A Jan. 24, 1968 FBI memorandum containing Alinsky’s background and past activities was forwarded to the U.S. Attorney in Chicago, the Secret Service, and the 113th Military Intelligence Group in Evanston, Ill., including the comments about Lyndon Johnson.
The memorandum reads, “With reference to President Lyndon B. Johnson’s anticipated visit to Chicago for the Democratic National Convention, Alinsky commented that despite strict security, even if tanks were lining the streets and helicopters landing on rooftops, ‘The president would be safer to take a sub through the sewer system.’”
According to the file, a source whose name is redacted told the FBI that Alinsky made the comments during a talk he gave to medical students at the University of Illinois Medical College in Chicago on March 7, 1968. He was allegedly responding to a question from a student about the potential for race riots to break out in the city during the following summer.
Saul Alinsky, author of popular liberal book Rules for Radicals, was a community organizer who traveled the country facilitating the creation of local groups focused on seizing power from those with more resources in order to tilt public policy in the favor of the poor and minority groups and neighborhoods.