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FBI Suspected Ray Bradbury of Communist Leanings

Huffington Post unveils writer's FBI file
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 29, 2012 9:36 AM CDT

(Newser) – Ray Bradbury's criticism of the government got him investigated by the FBI in the 1960s as a suspected Communist sympathizer, according to FBI files obtained by the Huffington Post via a FOIA request. Bradbury was reported to the FBI by screenwriter Martin Berkeley, who years earlier had told the House Un-American Activities Committee he himself was a Communist and informed on 155 supposedly active Hollywood communists. Berkeley told the FBI that science fiction writers in particular were likely to be Communists.

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Bradbury's work, specifically, was "definitely slanted against the United States and its capitalistic form of government," Berkeley said, according to the file. He also claimed that sci-fi writers aim to scare people, thus making it "very possible to conduct a Third World War … which the American people would seriously believe could not be won since their morale had been seriously destroyed." Bradbury was definitely no fan of the HUAC; he once took out a full-page ad calling its probes "claptrap and nonsense." Click for more from his file. (Read more Ray Bradbury stories.)

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