Unfortunately, It’s Still Hoover’s FBI

Matthew G. Saroff
3 min readNov 21, 2021

Just to remind you, that it was only in the past few days that convictions of two of the people convicted of the assassination of Malcolm X were overturned when it was revealed that the FBI manufactured evidence to convict two innocent men, largely in an effort to conceal the role of their undercover agents and informants in that murder:

The exoneration of two men wrongfully convicted of the assassination of Malcolm X fueled questions on Thursday about the decisions made by the F.B.I. and its longtime director at the time, J. Edgar Hoover, during the investigation of the murder.

A motion to vacate the convictions, filed by the Manhattan district attorney’s office, said numerous F.B.I. reports were never disclosed to the defense, including some that discussed federal informants who were present in the ballroom where Malcolm X was killed.

The documents suggest the bureau, on Mr. Hoover’s orders, purposely kept information about its informants secret from the local authorities.

“We now have reports revealing that on orders from director J. Edgar Hoover himself, the F.B.I. ordered multiple witnesses not to tell police or prosecutors that they were in fact F.B.I. informants,” Mr. Vance said in court on Thursday.


Still, the inability of investigators to resolve questions about the roles the F.B.I. and New York police played added to demands for a broader investigation into Malcolm X’s assassination, as the co-founder of the Innocence Project, which participated in the review, called for on Thursday.

We also have reports that the NYPD “Red Squad” had infiltrated X’s entourage, and was heavily involved in the coverup as well:

SCHECK: Well, that’s a disturbing aspect of this entire matter. The essence of the reason that Cyrus Vance threw out the charges, vacated the conviction and dismissed the case is that in the files of the FBI and the New York City Police Department bosse squad (ph), sometimes known as the Red Squad, was information that there was an individual who fit the description of the man with the shotgun that was supposed to be Mr. Islam that looked nothing like Mr. Islam. And then very quickly thereafter, they learned that he could well be a lieutenant in the Newark mosque named William Bradley, who not only fit the description but the background of somebody that had expertise in the military.

So they knew this all. And they — what the bosse squad knew but not the FBI and not apparently the other NYPD individuals is that on the stage, giving Malcolm mouth-to-mouth resuscitation was an undercover named Gene Roberts. The point is none of this was known to the district attorney. And if it had been disclosed to the district attorney’s office, it had been disclosed to the defense and the court and the American public, the history of the civil rights movement in this country would have been different.

Am I the only one, who thinks that this sort of sh%$ is WAY more common than we are led to believe?