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I'd be curious in hearing more about why the FBI and law enforcement brought on this fear campaign against it. Hippies "irked" them isn't really an explanation.

Well, I take it tracking people gets significantly harder in rampant hitchhiking, without a car registered to someone's name, or a bus/train ticket in their name (possibly tied to a credit card).

Full details are in Ginger Strand's book, Killer on the Road. J. Edgar Hoover was in fact irked by hippies and the FBI wanted to shut down civil rights activism in the South.

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