Did Grandpa Have an FBI File?
Sullivan's article in The Washington Post focuses on a press release from a nonprofit organization called Governmentattic.org which allows access to hundreds of Federal Government documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.
Copies of FBI files for specific individuals may be requested under the Freedom of Information Act simply by writing to the FBI. The file requested must be of a deceased individual or personally requested by a living individual. The free web sites Get Grandpa's FBI File or Get My FBI File and the FBI's own web site can help with making such requests. The FBI charges copying fees of $0.10 per page for files more than 100 pages; files less than 100 pages are free.
Read about Government Records and the FBI:
The manual to online public records : the researcher's tool to online resources of public records and public information / by Hetherington & Sankey
FBI 100 years : an unofficial history / Henry M. Holden
FBI careers : the ultimate guide to landing a job as one of America's finest / Thomas H. Ackerman
The FBI : a comprehensive reference guide / [written and] edited by Athan G. Theoharis with Tony G. Poveda, Susan Rosenfeld, Richard Gid Powers
My FBI : bringing down the Mafia, investigating Bill Clinton, and fighting the War on Terror / Louis J. Freeh with Howard Means
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