Nation: Hoover's Home Improvements

The FBI, in peace and war, kept J. Edgar comfy

The next head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, whom President Carter is likely to nominate this week, will have a lot of image repairing to do at the house that J. Edgar Hoover built and ran for 48 years with a handful of longtime aides. New revelations about the director's imperial peccadilloes have emerged regularly since his death in 1972. Last week the Justice Department released a report that added more detail to the picture of petty privilege and cronyism at the FBI's top level during the Hoover reign.

The 40-page report...

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