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Thu Apr 12, 2012, 05:02 AM

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I thought I knew about all of the dirty tricks Hoover’s FBI unleashed -- the red-baiting smear campaigns against civil rights leaders, most prominently Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as entertainers, writers and journalists, scores of whom Hoover helped ruin.

But a story Belafonte tells in “Sing Your Song” nearly made me throw up.

In the 1950s, the singer relates, he was having trouble adjusting to his almost instant fame and riches. He sought emotional counseling from a Columbia university professor by the name of Janet Alterman Kennedy.

She persuaded him to replace his business manager. Her idea for a replacement: her husband, Jay Richard Kennedy...

According to FBI files obtained years later under the Freedom of Information Act, Jay Kennedy, born Samuel R. Solomonick, was an FBI informant. His wife almost certainly was an FBI asset, too, Belafonte says in retrospect.

“Why had Janet, in my sessions with her, kept trying to worm out information about Paul Robeson,” the hugely popular Black baritone, “if not to pass it to her husband?” Belafonte writes in the book accompanying (and expanding on) the film...

in those terrible days of Red Scares and witch-hunts. Belafonte would eventually be black-listed, too, his career a shambles.

And so it went. Year after sickening year...

http://spytalkblog.blogspot.com/2011/11/why-nothing-said-about-j-edgar-hoover.html

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