The John Lennon FBI files

The confidential informant report on the John Sinclair concert included a transcription of the words to "John Sinclair," "which song Lennon sang at the rally. Source advised this song was composed by Lennon especially for this event" (DE-4 page 3). The FBI classified this transcription as "confidential" and kep it secret for twelve years, even though Lennon printed the same lyrics on the back jacket of his next album, Some Time in New York City. The ACLU cited this page in court arguments as evidence that the FBI lacked a legitimate law enforcement purpose in its investigation of Lennon, pointing out that it was not a crime to sing a song about John Sinclair - it was a form of political expression protected by the First Amendment.

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