Saturday, July 31, 2010

Conservapedia Never Even Called the FBI

In Summer 2007, the august founder of Conservapedia Andrew Schlafly threatened to sic the FBI on a user of his website. Naturally, a huge blow-up ensued and was ably documented by the heroes at the RationalWiki.

However, the RationalWiki did fall down on arguably most important task of all, following up on the FBI investigation. There's simply nothing there. Turns out there is a perfectly rational explanation for all this, Neuschwander.

The rational explanation is that Andy Schlafly never called the FBI. He made it all up. I discovered this after ordering up a FOIA request to the FBI on the matter. As their final response letter demonstrates, they have no records pertaining to Conservapedia.

Conservapedia FBI FOIA Letter


  1. What a nice idea! So, what did you let them search for?

  2. I had them search for Conservapedia and I cannot have them search for Andy Schlafly's FBI records because he is still alive. However, I am having a FOIA request submitted for his daddy's records once an acceptable obituary is located.

  3. Their address is - .com is much more conservative than .org :-)

  4. Thank you for carrying through with this. Great job - we at RW owe you a beer or five.

  5. Marvellous! Got a handy PNG or JPEG to put up on RationalWiki?