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Person.png J. Edgar Hoover   C-SPAN History Commons IMDB Spartacus WikiquoteRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(Blackmailer, Deep politician)
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BornJohn Edgar Hoover
1895-01-01
Washington DC, United States
DiedMay 2, 1972 (Age 77)
Washington DC, United States
Alma materGeorge Washington University
ReligionPresbyterian
Parents • Dickerson Naylor Hoover
• Sr. Anna Marie Scheitlin
Founder ofWW1/Commission for Relief in Belgium
Member ofJFK/Assassination/Perpetrators, US/Deep state
Interest ofBetty Medsger
PartyRepublican
US Deep politician whose position as long time FBI head allowed him to make extensive use of sexual blackmail.

Employment.png Director of the FBI

In office
July 1, 1935 - May 2, 1972

Employment.png Director of the Bureau of Investigation

In office
May 10, 1924 - June 30, 1935
Succeeded byJ. Edgar Hoover

J. Edgar Hoover was an expert blackmailer who ran the FBI and its predecessor the Bureau of Investigation for over 48 years, from 1924 until his death in 1972. His suspected lover[1], Clyde Tolson, was his faithful deputy for 42 of those years.

BOI/FBI

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Hoover almost 5 decades in charge of the FBI, nominally primarily a crime-fighting agency, but in practice a highly effective political police force, collecting information and conducting persecution campaigns. Apart from a brief interlude investigating suspected fascist sympathizers approximately between 1940-45, the main target during the whole 48 years was the American left, of all varieties.

'A Bucket of Worms'

Hoover kept 'dirt files' on all prominent politicians in the United States, which kept them in line assured his position as head of the FBI. The files were allegedly destroyed after his death by his secretary, Helen W. Gandy, following his orders.

In 1936, US President Franklin Roosevelt told Hoover that he was interested in "obtaining a broad picture" of communist and fascist movements in USA. Hoover took this as authorization to launch a large programme of surveillance of US citizens it interest, which he was to exploit widely for purposes of blackmail.[2] He was an accomplished and feared blackmailer who collected material not only on criminals but on anyone he deemed might be useful, including political dissenters, activists and political leaders.[3]

Hoover snooped not just on politicians but on officials high and low, on Supreme Court justices – at least 12 of them – even on presidents. He built files on writers, actors, on citizens across the spectrum who caught his eye. Many feared what the Director might have found – whether he had compromising information on them or not.[4]

William C. Sullivan, former assistant director of the FBI, said to a House subcommittee[5] that Hoover had once told him of derogatory information on a “highly placed” individual who “was engaged in some very, very reprehensible conduct.” He stated that Hoover's personal correspondence could deal with official business, “with a Cabinet officer, or misconduct of some other person highly placed, or it could deal with certain political considerations.” Sullivan, forced out of the bureau by Hoover in the early 1970's, said the late director's filing system and other FBI files were “a bucket of worms.” He said lie had seen some of Mr. Hoover's files and “they were just loaded.”

JFK Assassination

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Mark Gorton suggests that Edgar Hoover was a key perpetrator of the JFK Assassination and in the subsequent cover-up, writing that "with RFK as attorney general, J Edgar Hoover of the FBI could no longer protect the mob."[6]

Homosexuality

A Hoover biography by Anthony Summers: "Official and Confidential - The Secret Life of J. Edgar Hoover" concluded, that he was a closeted homosexual and blackmailed by the Mafia through photographs that would have ended his career if they were to become public;[7][8] not unlike many known cases of sexual blackmail operations that have become established knowledge over the decades.

Hoover and Clyde Tolson

Hoover described his long-time deputy Clyde Tolson as his alter ego: the men worked closely together during the day and, both single, frequently took meals, went to night clubs, and vacationed together.[9] This closeness between the two men is often cited as evidence that they were lovers. Some FBI employees who knew them, such as Mark Felt, say the relationship was "brotherly"; however former FBI official Mike Mason suggested that some of Hoover's colleagues denied that he had a sexual relationship with Tolson in an effort to protect Hoover's image.[10]

The novelist William Styron told Summers that he once saw Hoover and Tolson in a California beach house, where the director was painting his friend's toenails.[118] Harry Hay, founder of the Mattachine Society, one of the first gay rights organizations, said Hoover and Tolson sat in boxes owned by and used exclusively by gay men at the Del Mar racetrack in California.[11]

Hoover bequeathed his estate to Tolson, who moved into Hoover's house after Hoover died. Tolson accepted the American flag that draped Hoover's casket. Tolson is buried a few yards away from Hoover in the Congressional Cemetery.[12]


 

Related Quotations

PageQuoteAuthorDate
Hale Boggs[Edgar] Hoover lied his eyes out to the [Warren] Commission – on Oswald, on Ruby, on their friends, the bullets, the gun, you name it.”Hale Boggs
Harry S. Truman“Dear Bess... We want no Gestapo or secret police. FBI is tending in that direction. They are dabbling in sex-life scandals and plain blackmail... Edgar Hoover would give his right eye to take over, and all congressmen and senators are afraid of him. I'm not and he knows it. If I can prevent [it] there'll be no NKVD or Gestapo in this country. Edgar Hoover's orgnization would make a good start toward a citizen spy system. Not for me.”Harry S. Truman1947


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