THE FBI: Hoover's Closet

From the time he took over the FBI in 1924 until his death on the job in 1972, J. Edgar Hoover ran his bureau with an authority questioned by few and with a respect for the law exceeded only by his patriotism. Just how much Hoover's patriotism shaded his concern for the law in his later years was disclosed last week by Attorney General William B. Saxbe when he released the fullest details yet on the dirty-tricks operation —known as COINTELPRO, for counter-intelligence program—that the FBI carried out against activists on both...

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