LOS ANGELES – Talk about irony.spent decades pushing the bounds of free speech by saying the you can never say on television, but not one of them made it into an FBI file on him.
Among the 12 pages in a file recently released by Carlin's family are a couple of letters from outraged citizens who complained that the comedian had made fun of the FBI and its director, J. Edgar Hoover, during TV appearances in 1969 and 1970.
There's also a letter from Hoover himself thanking one of Carlin's critics for defending his honor, and an internal FBI memo that quotes the director as asking: "What do we know of Carlin?"
Not much, as it turned out. The memo notes the FBI has "no data concerning Carlin" other than the two letters from his critics.
"Which kind of disappoints me," laughed Carlin's daughter, Kelly Carlin McCall, who provided the file to The Associated Press. "It doesn't really cover any of his more radical 1970s stuff."
Carlin was arrested following a performance in Milwaukee in 1972 for saying the seven words (none of which can be reprinted here). Keep Reading Here.