FBI: Kerry no Vietnam radical

by on May 6th, 2004


WASHINGTON – The FBI, closely tracking the antiwar movement in the 1970s, concluded John Kerry was a glib, moderate figure in a Vietnam veterans group that took a radical turn around the time he left it, documents show.

The FBI file on Vietnam Veterans Against the War says the organization swung toward “militant and revolutionary-type activities” but accuses Kerry, now the Democratic presidential candidate, of little more than charisma.

The bureau’s more than four-year investigation of the organization — everything from its plots to pot luck suppers — is detailed in more than 9,000 pages released Wednesday under a Freedom of Information Act request from The Associated Press.


“Kerry was glib, cool, and displayed just what the moderate elements wanted to reflect,” the summary says.

Etalkinghead Staff