America's Central Intelligence Agency kept a file on American activist and linguist Noam Chomsky, according to new reports. He has been a Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Department of Linguistics & Philosophy at MIT for about 50 years.
Chomsky is of Jewish-American heritage. He is the author of numerous books and articles on human language. He also wrote numerous books on political issues such as the Vietnam War and several books about Israel and the Middle East. These include Gaza in Crisis: Reflections on Israel's War against the Palestinians and The Fateful Triangle: The United States, Israel and the Palestinians in which he decries what he sees as the American media's "pro-Zionist bias."
The CIA investigation seems to have taken place in the 1970s and may have been prompted by Chomsky's visit to North Vietnam.
In the 1960's and 1970's the CIA and the Federal Bureau of Investigation kept files on many prominent individuals especially under the leadership of J. Edgar Hoover. Some, like Elvis Presley, were investigated due to threats against them. Others, like British singer John Lennon, were investigated due to fears they were being used, either knowingly or unknowingly, by anti-American elements.