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Letter to Educators and University Officials on Campus Extremists.

September 27, 1970

EARLIER this month Director J. Edgar Hoover of the Federal Bureau of Investigation addressed an open letter to college students in which he outlined the tactics used by extremists in their effort to promote their schemes on campus. Mr. Hoover's letter is a cogent and enlightening analysis of the strategy these extremists employ as they attempt to trick college students into support of lawlessness, disruption and violence.

This letter impressed me as a worthy companion piece to the article by Professor Sidney Hook,1 which I sent to you recently. In view of your deep and continuing interest in these problems, I am sending you a copy of the letter. I hope that you will make every effort to see that the message it contains will reach as many students as possible.

With my best wishes,



1 See Item 297

Note: This is the text of identical letters, dated September 26, 1970, and released September 27, 1970, addressed to educators and university officials throughout the Nation.

The text of Director Hoover's letter was released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Justice, on September 21, 1970.

Richard Nixon, Letter to Educators and University Officials on Campus Extremists. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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