Ed Snowden suggests Oliver Anthony is already on an FBI watchlist

August 26, 2023

Oliver Anthony, who stormed the billboard charts with what many describe as the perfect anthem for how most Americans feel right now, is already possibly drawing eyeballs from President Joe Biden's FBI. 

According to the Washington Examiner, Edward Snowden, one of the most famous whistleblowers in U.S. history, suggested that the FBI likely already has a file on Anthony, after the massive success of his hit song, "Rich Men North of Richmond."

In the song, Anthony calls out certain subjects, like welfare and high taxes, that can be considered political in nature.

Because of that, and given the FBI's history of watching artists who challenge the status quo, Snowden thinks it's inevitable that Anthony is on a new kind of watchlist.

The song

"Rich Men North of Richmond" has set most every music record, which is especially impressive given Anthony, until a few weeks ago, was just another American struggling with the rest of us.

The Examiner noted:

Released just this month, the blue-collar tune is already approaching 40 million views on YouTube and landed on top of Billboard’sHot 100 on Tuesday, making Anthony the first musician ever to hit No. 1 with no previous chart history.

The song hits home with so many that it was even a topic of the first Republican primary debate, as the song was written about the very men and women who stood on the stage in Milwaukee that evening.

"After hitting topping the iTunes list and tweeting like this, the FBI will be making space for him another kind of list, too. Think I'm kidding? The FBI had a file on John Denver for attending *one* anti-war protest. They're gonna keep making lists — until they're made to stop," Snowden tweeted.

The Examiner added:

Indeed, the FBI has a long history of keeping files on famous people, particularly those seen as “agitators” or purveyors of “subversive” ideas.

Social media reacts

Many social media users agreed with Snowden's assessment, and given the fact that Snowden has seen the very lists he speaks of, his authority on the matter is sincere.

"You're on lists. We're all on lists... The net is cast ever wider," one user wrote.

Another user wrote, "The FBI has a file on EVERYONE. Matters not what is attended or not."

Anthony's song struck a chord with virtually every working, blue-collar American sick and tired of corrupt government. Only time will tell if it becomes the anthem of this age.


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