Here are five secrets about the Federal Bureau of Investigation, or FBI, they probably don’t want you to know.
1. You May be Part of the Fingerprint Database
If you’ve been fingerprinted for background checks, driver’s license, for a job, or to buy a gun, it’s likely your fingerprints are in the FBI’s Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS). The ID system is a database with more than 100 million fingerprints located in Clarksburg, West Virginia. This allows the FBI to match your fingerprints in their database in less than 12 minutes.
2. The Most Wanted List Based on Looks?
J. Edgar Hoover created the FBI’s Most Wanted List in 1950. They select dangerous fugitives who the public can recognize based on distinctive physical features like scars, tattoos, or strange-looking faces. The Most Wanted List helps capture kidnappers, murderers, thieves, and other criminals.
3. John Lennon Was Watched
Who would have thought that the FBI watched John Lennon? Lennon was placed under surveillance in 1971 because of writing songs about peace and anti-war like “Give Peace a Chance.”
4. Walt Disney Wasn’t Who You Thought
According to the New York Times, Walt Disney, founder of Disney, was an informant for the FBI from 1940 until his death in 1966. He served the Los Angeles office and offered names of several Hollywood people who were suspected of being communists. He was nicknamed “full Special Agent in Charge Contact” in 1954.
5. ESP Was a “Thing”
Extra-sensory perception, or ESP, was a hot topic among FBI officials. According to the FBI Vault, “ESP is considered a perception of information about events beyond what may be discerned through the five physical senses or deduced from past experience or knowledge.” The FBI was concerned because people with ESP could be used in spying. They spent more than three years looking into ESP before concluding there wasn’t enough “scientific support” for the concern.
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