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FBI Targeted University President for Political Views

The FBI targeted supporters of the 1960s Free Speech Movement at the University of California at Berkeley for their political views, and even tried to have the university's president fired.

The San Francisco Examiner reported that the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the FBI to release documents showing the FBI's involvement in domestic politics at Berkeley.

Clark Kerr was president of UC-Berkeley from 1962 to 1968, during which time the Free Speech Movement and Vietman war protests were blooming at the university. The FBI disapproved of his handling of student exercise of free speech (J. Edgar Hoover himself called Kerr "no good"), and lobbied the university's Board of Regents to have him fired.

The FBI also leaked information from the CIA to the Board of Regents concerning left-wing political activities of university staff.


Source: "FBI tried to get UC's chief fired," in the June 13, 1995, San Francisco Examiner.