Greg Cohoon (drmellow) wrote,
Greg Cohoon

Cash's FBI File

Thanks to Google News Alerts for my daily dose of Johnny Cash, I found out yesterday that Johnny Cash had a 208-page FBI file. It was declassified at NewsChannel 5's request.
They're the untold stories in Johnny Cash's FBI file, which was recently declassified at NewsChannel 5’s request, detail the entertainer's successes and failures, but the Cash file is a case study on the price of fame.
That's pretty interesting. At the same time, however, it's pretty troubling that government agencies are required to release files like that to the general public. Or, maybe it's not. This is actually a bit of a tough issue for me -- assuming that it's even appropriate for the government to collect such information to begin with (for the sake of argument, let's say it's appropriate), should the government be required to publish that information, as is the case under FOI regulations?

Anyway, Johnny Cash apparently had a large FBI file, which shouldn't really be surprising. It would be interesting to read the whole document.

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