THE FBI: Interim File

"You can't turn an agency like this on its ear overnight, even if it's needed, and I'm not convinced yet that wholesale change here is either necessary or desirable." So says L. Patrick Gray III after one month on the job as acting director of the FBI. Wholesale they may not be, but some changes have already been made in the post-Hoover era—largely for the better.

Right away Gray let it be known that J. Edgar's rigid rules on agents' appearance were rescinded: "I've no hangup on white shirts," he says. As a...

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