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1Robert Hanssen

An FBI agent named Robert Hanssen sold secrets to the Soviets and Russia for 22 years, and when caught said, "what took you so long?" - Source

2. In 2003, fed up with being interrogated by the FBI on suspicion of terrorism, artist Hasan Elahi created a website to document his location at all times. It's still running.- Source

3. The inventor of Tickle Me Elmo (Mark Johnson-Williams) was suspected by the FBI of being the Unabomber. - Source

4. A nurse named Eileen Luongo in Florida reported seeing the 9/11 hijackers in the hospital she worked at. She reported this to the FBI and was subsequently fired from her job. - Source

5. The FBI had a 12-page file on George Carlin because he made jokes about government. - Source

6Louie Louie

The FBI spent two years analyzing the lyrics to Louie Louie for obscenities. The results were inconclusive. - Source

7. "The Sopranos" was so accurate that on Monday morning when the FBI listened to their wiretaps the real mob would be discussing the show and thought they had somebody on the inside. They couldn't believe how accurate the show was.- Source

8. Between 2005 and 2006, the FBI mined grocery store records for falafel purchases to find Iranian terrorists. - Source

9. Eldon Hoke claimed that he knew who killed Kurt Cobain, but said he would "let the FBI catch him". Two days after that interview was filmed, he was hit by a train and killed. - Source

10. 60's counterculture singer Phil Ochs would go on paranoid drunken rants about the FBI watching him. After hanging himself in his sister's home it was revealed that the FBI had a 500-page file on him.

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11Samuel L. Jackson

Samuel L. Jackson was a Black Panther who took administrators of his college hostage, and was threatened with assassination by the FBI.- Source

12. A prolific art forger named Mark Landis has donated works to dozens of museums. When the FBI found out, they couldn't convict him of any crimes because he never received any money or other benefits for his forgeries. - Source

13. In 1987, FBI agent Robert Hanssen was tasked by his superiors to find a mole within the agency after the FBI's moles in the KGB were caught. In reality, he was the mole, working with the KGB since 1979. - Source

14. The most sophisticated bomb ever encountered by the FBI destroyed Harvey's Wagon Wheel Casino in Lake Tahoe in 1980. The device included 28 toggle switches, a float switch, tilt sensor, other sensors, spring switches, casing screws and joints, and a few surprises. - Source

15. Ernest Hemingway grew paranoid and talked about FBI spying on him later in life. He was treated with electroshock. It was later revealed that he was in fact watched, and Edgard Hoover personally placed him under surveillance.

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16Coca Cola

3 people tried to sell Coca Cola's secret ingredient to Pepsi, but Pepsi reported them to Coca Cola and the FBI. - Source

17. The FBI used mail delivery robots (Marvin) in their field offices that navigated the buildings by using cells of black lights to follow an invisible fluorescent paint sprayed onto the carpet to designate its route. - Source

18. The U.S. Justice Department and FBI have formally acknowledged that nearly every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit gave flawed testimony in almost all trials in which they offered evidence against criminal defendants over more than a two-decade period before the year 2000. - Source

19. In 1965, when Viola Liuzzo, a woman from Detroit who came to Selma, Alabama to march with MLK Jr. in protest of voting discrimination, was killed by 4 members of the KKK and one of them was an FBI informant named Gary Rowe. The FBI spread lies about Viola in order to make them look better. - Source

20. In 1971, burglars were able to steal records from the FBI simply by leaving a note on the front door of the Delaware office that said: "Please don't lock this door tonight". - Source

21Bitcoin wallet

The FBI maintains their own Bitcoin wallet that consists of seized Bitcoins. - Source

22. A 19-year-old hacker named Raphael Gray hacked over 6500 credit cards, other hacker tracked his location and gave it to the FBI because they found him arrogant.- Source

23. According to FBI statistics, violent bank robberies are incredibly rare. In fact, most bank robberies (61%) involve a single person handing the teller a note and then walking out without incident. - Source

24. Actor James Woods observed and reported suspicious behavior from four passengers, with no apparent luggage, casing the plane. Six weeks later, these same passengers carried out the 9/11 attacks. The FBI received Woods' FAA report the evening of September 11. - Source

25. 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed sent the FBI on wild goose chases, literally, by claiming that some geese in Central Park had explosives stuffed up their a*s. - Source


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