Alvin Toffler, who died in 2016, will be remembered for his many contributions to the work of futurism. Toffler was a prolific writer, most notably the author of the 1970 best-selling book Future Shock, and a man who became friends with important figures across the political spectrum in Washington DC, including Newt Gingrich. But Toffler’s newly released 400-page FBI file, obtained by Gizmodo through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the National Archives, reveals that he was also investigated by the FBI for being a communist, something Toffler didn’t often talk about after he became a public figure.
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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which oversees telecommunications like radio, TV, and the internet in the US, doesn't regulate content on online platforms like YouTube. But that hasn't stopped people from sending complaints about the video site to the federal agency - and they're every bit as unhinged as you'd expect.
President Bill Clinton and Apple co-founder Steve Jobs were buddies before Jobs died of cancer in 2011. Jobs even gave Clinton advice in the middle of the Lewinsky scandal. But the details of the relationship between the two men have been pretty scarce. Newly released documents from the Clinton Presidential Library help shed some light on the nature of their friendship.
Travelling to the United States can be a huge hassle. Even if you're an American citizen, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) can pull you aside for extensive and invasive "secondary screening". And by all accounts, this process has gotten worse since Donald Trump was elected. But it was horrible even before Trump gained power.
What's the first thing you think about when you think of NASA's space shuttle program? Sally Ride? Spinning in microgravity? The Challenger explosion? That episode of The Simpsons? You might not think about the US military and intelligence community launching spy satellites, but you should. NASA's shuttles were designed specifically to carry US spy satellites to orbit. And we got our hands on a newly declassified document about the top secret plans.
Bomb threats have been a part of American life since at least the 19th century. But in the 1970s the types of threats shifted dramatically. The people making bomb threats in the US started to claim their bombs had nuclear materials. By 1975, the US started a new task force to deal with the threats, and we at Gizmodo got our hands on a film that explains what this secret group of nuke-hunting police did.
Ads for Prevagen, the memory-enhancing supplement, claim that it has "a protein originally found in jellyfish", so you know it has to be good. The company that makes the drug, Quincy Biosciences, is currently being sued in US federal court by the FTC and the New York Attorney General for "clear-cut fraud". So we got our hands on some of the complaints.
One of President Trump's first actions after taking office was to institute a federal hiring freeze, leaving thousands of jobs vacant across the US government. Many of these jobs are in agencies that Trump supposedly values, like NASA. But when you look at the job vacancies that NASA is forbidden from filling, we see Trump's "values" are garbage.
The Chandler family spent over a century helping to build Los Angeles with the town's newspaper of record, the LA Times. The paper was kept in the family from 1882 until 2000, with Norman Chandler at the helm during World War II. But newly released FBI files show that Norman may have had some particularly nasty friends in the 1930s. Specifically, Nazi friends.