The Administration: The Chief Speaks

FBI Director John Edgar Hoover has been a Washington institution nearly as long as the Lincoln Memorial (41 years v. 43) and, particularly over the past year, has weathered plenty of criticism. But the old crime fighter and Communist hunter sticks by his tommy guns, as he displayed in testimony released last week, before a House appropriations subcommittee.

An Oblique Rap. Hoover placed much of the blame for rising crime rates on the courts: "I have often said there is too much concern on the part of our federal, state and local...

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