Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Does the FBI Have A File on Randy Shilts?
(Cross-posted from my Petrelis 4 Mayor page at Facebook)

From the assassinations of George Moscone and Harvey Milk, to the AIDS epidemic, various forms of social and political homo-hatred and the ban on gays in the U.S. military, the late San Francisco Chronicle reporter Randy Shilts covered plenty of sensitive or controversial issues.

All that, and the fact he was gay and contracted HIV, were a few reasons why I filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the FBI to see if they maintained a file on Shilts.

The agency says:

"Based on information you provided, we conducted a search of the Central Records System. We were unable to identify main file records responsive to your FOIA."

The FBI doesn't possess a file on Shilts, which is something of a disappointment but in the end it's good to know the feds didn't waste time and money keeping tabs on him.

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