THE FBI: Rush for the Exit

In the 48 years that he spent building the Federal Bureau of Investigation, J. Edgar Hoover skillfully made it a national monument, seemingly as solid as the Great Pyramid. In the year since Hoover's death, the FBI has been so riven by internal weaknesses and strife as a result of Watergate that it more closely resembles a disintegrating piece of the Dakota Badlands. Several of its top officials intend to retire in the next four weeks. The bureau's vaunted esprit de corps is in tatters, and the morale of its 8,700 agents has been shattered.

These men fear that their...

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