How to Identify Subversives

Secret F.B.I. guidelines for spotting subversive tendencies among government workers during World War II.

The bureau’s official list of questions to ask about a suspect ran, in part:

“Does he mix with Negroes? Does he seem to have too many Jewish friends? Does his face light up when the Red Army is mentioned? Is he always criticizing Vichy France?… Does he buy out-of-town newspapers? … Do you think he is excessive in opposing fascism or Nazism?”

From Christopher Hitchens’ homage to I.F. Stone on the Vanity Fair website. The secret guidelines were published by I.F. Stone in July, 1943.

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