Defenders of Hoover— a dwindling number of older former agents who still refer to him as “Mr. Moreover, the Official and Confidential files were secret in the sense that Hoover never referred to them publicly, as he did the rest of the bureau’s files. In the early 1960s, DeLoach wanted an additional appropriation for the new FBI headquarters building, which Congress approved in April 1962.“The senator supported the building,” Elson said. Four years after Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Tim Weiner published Legacy of Ashes, his detailed history of the CIA, he received a call from a lawyer in Washington, D.C. Secrecy And The Red Raids Weiner details how Hoover became increasingly worried about communist threats against the United States. The Civil Rights Movement Later on, anti-war protesters and civil rights leaders were added to Hoover's list. The Bureau takes listeners behind the scenes of the FBI, from its creation in 1908 to the scandals of present day. SynopsisThe Secrets of the FBI by New York Times bestselling author Ronald Kessler reveals the FBI’s most closely guarded secrets and the secrets of celebrities, politicians, and movie stars uncovered by agents during their investigations. Hoover himself joined the Justice Department just as the United States was entering World War I in 1917.
TIM WEINER: The power that this man had, no one will ever have that much power, no unelected person. TIM WEINER: Yes, he set up a plan whereby in a state of emergency, a state of war or a national crisis, the United States would build stockades, secret prisons. We need styles that are quick and easy to maintain without having to wake up at the break of dawn every morning to get it right.
Hoover”—have claimed his Official and Confidential files were not used to blackmail members of Congress or presidents.
He distinguished them from other bureau files by calling them “confidential,” denoting secrecy.  But whether they were secret or not and where they were kept was irrelevant.
Even before he became director of the FBI, Hoover was conducting secret intelligence operations against U.S. Edgar Hoover's legacy "Hoover is the inventor of the modern American national security state. Based on exclusive interviews, Kessler reveals the inside story surrounding the events of September 11 and the investigation into the anthrax mailings. Edgar Hoover’s sexual orientation; and the disastrous Freeh years, and Robert Mueller’s efforts to correct the problems created by Freeh.
Based on inside access, the book presents revelations about the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound, the recent Russian spy swap, Marilyn Monroe's death, Vince Foster’s suicide, and J. Visitor: We are an independent, ad-free daily news program that serves millions of viewers and listeners each month. Within three years, in 1920, he was running the biggest counterterrorism raids in the history of the United States, arresting thousands upon thousands of people who were pacifists, anarchists, socialists and other enemies of the state.
Edgar Hoover himself—for years it was talked about him having a gay relationship with his, what, top partner in the FBI.
The rumors that Hoover was gay, you can track them almost to the month they began, in 1937, which is when he started going after gays in the government and destroying their careers and ruining them, up to and including FDR’s favorite secretary, assistant secretary of state.
What matters is that he destroyed the lives and careers of uncounted thousands of homosexuals at every level of the government. If you were a homosexual, you were a security threat, and you could not serve your government.


In 1942, the FBI was trailing a woman named Inga Arvad, who had been, among other things, Hitler’s publicist at the 1936 Olympics. He’s won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for his writing on American national security.
An exclusive excerpt from Ronald Kessler’s 'The Secrets of the FBI.'Complex man that he was, J. They say Hoover kept the files with sensitive information about political leaders in his suite so that young file clerks would not peruse them and spread gossip. What was important was how Hoover used the information from those files and from other bureau files.The Secrets of the FBI By Ronald Kessler, 304 pages.
He introduced fingerprinting and forensic techniques to the crime-fighting agency, and pushed for stronger federal laws to punish criminals who strayed across state lines.
Every fingerprint file, every DNA record, every iris recorded through biometrics, every government dossier on every citizen and alien in this country owes its life to him.
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The Bureau delves deep within the agency, presenting the organization in its historical context and answering questions concerning its somewhat checkered past. When he started destroying the lives and careers of gays in the government, the rumor started that he himself was gay. And we’ve just now, 75 years after this began, come to terms with gays in the military. And if you can bring the president secret information that only you can provide, that is the ultimate power in Washington, other than being the president yourself. And they followed her out of Washington down to a hotel room, where she had an assignation with a young Navy lieutenant named John F. Based on inside access, the book presents revelations about the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound, the recent Russian spy swap, Marilyn Monroe's death, Vince Foster’s suicide, and J. The files were no more secret than any other bureau files, Hoover supporters say.While the files may well have been kept in Hoover’s office to protect them from curious clerks, it was also true that far more sensitive files containing top-secret information on pending espionage cases were kept in the central files.
After a series of anarchist bombings went off across the United States in 1919, Hoover sent five agents to infiltrate the newly formed Communist Party. The director shrewdly recognized that building what became known as the world’s greatest law enforcement agency would not necessarily keep him in office. If Hoover truly was concerned about information getting out, he should have been more worried about the highly classified information in those files. As they always told the agents at the FBI academy when they were training, 'An institution is the length and shadow of a man.' " On Robert Kennedy authorizing Hoover's plan to bug Martin Luther King Jr.
He was a connoisseur of power, and from presidents, from FDR on to Richard Nixon, those presidents found him invaluable, because he brought them the dope, didn’t he? For the first time, it tells how the FBI caught spy Robert Hanssen in its midst and how the FBI breaks into homes, offices, and embassies to plant bugging devices without getting caught.From Watergate to Waco, from congressional scandals to the killing of bin Laden, The Secrets of the FBI presents headline-making disclosures about the most important figures and events of our time. So after Hoover became director, he began to maintain a special Official and Confidential file in his office. If they twitched in the wrong direction, the hammer would come down." Hoover was intent on planting bugs around civil rights leaders a€” including King a€” because he thought communists had infiltrated the civil rights movement, says Weiner. Well, one out of three ain’t bad, I guess, because they went after the left, and they went after them hard, and they never stopped watching them. The “secret files,” as they became widely known, would guarantee that Hoover would remain director as long as he wished.


Hoover had his intelligence chief bug King's bedroom, and then sent the civil rights leader a copy of the sex recordings his intelligence chief had taken of King a€” along with an anonymous letter from the FBI. He's a secret communist, he's an underground communist, and he's using Martin Luther King as a cat's paw.' Well, when you put it that way, you weren't gainsaying Hoover if you were John or Bobby Kennedy. Roosevelt onward, who gave him the power to bug, to wiretap, to break into people’s homes, to act as, essentially, the American secret police. Heim, who was in the Crime Records Division, confirmed to me that the bureau sent agents to tell members of Congress that Hoover had picked up derogatory information on them.“He [Hoover] would send someone over on a very confidential basis,” Heim said. 1, 1920, Hoover sent out the arrest orders, and at least 6,000 people were arrested and detained throughout the country. So they said yes." On why Hoover asked Roosevelt for "unlimited powers" "Hoover did not want any limits. As an example, if the Metropolitan Police in Washington had picked up evidence of homosexuality, “he [Hoover] would have him say, ‘This activity is known by the Metropolitan Police Department and some of our informants, and it is in your best interests to know this.’ But nobody has ever claimed to have been blackmailed.
You can deduce what you want from that.”Of course, the reason no one publicly claimed to have been blackmailed is that blackmail, by definition, entails collecting embarrassing information that people do not want public. And he believed that the Soviet Union was trying to steal America's atomic secrets, to burrow into the State Department, the Pentagon, the FBI and the White House a€” and he was right." On Hoover's list of gays in government "Hoover's war on gays in the government dates back to 1937 and lasted all his life. It wasn’t blackmail exactly, but it was a demonstration of the kind of power Hoover had. You better take it before your filthy, abnormal fraudulent self is bared to the nation.' " Weiner says King ignored the letter, even as the FBI tried diligently to defame him. Both communists and homosexuals had secret coded language that they spoke to each other, and they had clandestine lives, they met in clandestine places, they had secrets. For twenty years, Hayden headed the Senate Rules and Administration Committee and later the Senate Appropriations Committee, which had jurisdiction over the FBI’s budget. And in certain cases, such as the British spy ring that penetrated the Pentagon in the 1940s and early 1950s, they were both communists and homosexuals. Because to convict people in court, you have to [reveal] your evidence, [but] when you're doing secret intelligence operations, you just have to sabotage and subvert them and steal their secrets a€” you don't have to produce evidence capable of discovery by the other side.
As Hayden, an Arizona Democrat, suffered hearing loss and some dementia in his later years, Elson became known as the “101st senator” because he made many of the senator’s decisions for him. That could embarrass you or get the case thrown out a€” because you had gone outside the law to enforce the law." Hoover started amassing secret intelligence on "enemies of the United States" a€” a list that included terrorists, communists, spies a€” or anyone Hoover or the FBI had deemed subversive. This was hammered into him when the FBI dealt with one of the most famous informants a€” Whittaker Chambers a€” who helped bring down secret Soviet espionage rings in this country. Hoover saw a nexus there, and he never let that thought go." On Hoover's relationship with President Nixon "It was deep. And then it broke down during the last year and a half of Hoover's life a€” around the time that Nixon turns on the White House tapes and starts bugging himself.
Hoover is no longer willing to do his dirty work for him a€” his black bag jobs, his breaking and entering, his bugging. Nixon becomes increasingly frustrated with this and he sets up his own bucket shop a€” the plumbers.



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