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Mont Wesley Swearingen (born May 20, 1927; Steubenville, Ohio)[1] is a former FBI Special Agent from 1951 to 1977, and the author of FBI Secrets,[2] and To Kill a President, an examination of the John F. Kennedy assassination.


Swearingen served in the United States Navy from 1945 to 1946.[1] After the war, he graduated from Ohio State University and joined the FBI.[citation needed] He began his career doing black bag jobs on Communists in Chicago.[3][4] In Kentucky and New York City, he spent years doing serious criminal investigations, which had been his goal in joining the FBI. But Hoover fixated on the threat posed by such groups as the Black Panther Party.[3][4][5] and the Weathermen.[6] In Los Angeles, Swearingen burglarized the Tucson Five and their lawyers during the FBI's efforts to prosecute them, but no incriminating evidence was found and the Tucson Five were exonerated.[7][8]

After 25 years with the FBI, Swearingen retired in 1977.[9]

Swearingen has been interviewed in the documentary films All Power to the People![10] and The U.S. vs. John Lennon.[11]


  1. ^ a b Newton, Michael (2003). The FBI Encyclopedia. McFarland & Company. p. 329. ISBN 9780786417186.
  2. ^ M. Wesley Swearingen (1995). FBI Secrets. ISBN 0-89608-501-5.
  3. ^ a b Kick, Russ (2004). Disinformation Book of Lists. Red Wheel Weiser. ISBN 9781609258894.
  4. ^ a b Olsen, Jack (2001). Last Man Standing: The Tragedy and Triumph of Geronimo Pratt. Anchor Books. p. 275. ISBN 9780385493680.
  5. ^ Schultz, Ruth (2001). The Price of Dissent: Testimonies to Political Repression in America. University of California Press. p. 443. ISBN 9780520224018.
  6. ^ Jensen, Carl; Project Censored (1996). Censored 1996: The News That Didn't Make the News. Seven Stories Press. p. 132. ISBN 9781888363012.
  7. ^ Burrough, Bryan (2015-04-07). Days of Rage: America's Radical Underground, the FBI, and the Forgotten Age of Revolutionary Violence. ISBN 9780698170070.
  8. ^ Wesley Swearingen, M. (1995). FBI Secrets. ISBN 9780896085015.
  9. ^ Crewdson, John M. (January 21, 1979). "Former Agent Cites Illegal FBI Affairs". Ocala Star-Banner. Ocala, Florida. p. 8B. Retrieved July 2, 2015.
  10. ^ Stewart, Bhob (2010). "All Power to the People! The Black Panther Party and Beyond (1997)". The New York Times. Retrieved May 28, 2015.
  11. ^ White, Bill (September 28, 2006). "'U.S. vs. John Lennon' shows the breadth of government paranoia". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved May 28, 2015.