Skip to comments.Hoover's Institution, Anecdotes from the FBI crypt(interesting Bill Moyers story)
Posted on 07/21/2005 9:39:18 PM PDT by Pikamax
Hoover's Institution Anecdotes from the FBI crypt--and lessons on how to win the war.
BY LAURENCE H. SILBERMAN Wednesday, July 20, 2005 12:01 a.m. EDT
I recently completed a rewarding year as co-chairman of President Bush's commission on intelligence, and I propose to discuss our recommendations regarding the FBI in light of my own unique experience with J. Edgar Hoover.
Our commission recommended that the FBI be reconstructed--to create a separate national security service within the bureau that would combine counterintelligence, counterterrorism and foreign intelligence. We did so because we concluded that the tasks of agents performing these three functions were sufficiently different from traditional work that different training, incentives and career paths should be developed. Some in the bureau appeared to initially resist. They suggested that a separate national security service might induce those FBI personnel in that separate service to engage in questionable behavior. I found this concern especially ironic in light of past history and my own experience.
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When the press reported this, I received a call in my office from Mr. Moyers. Several of my assistants were with me. He was outraged; he claimed that this was another example of the Bureau salting its files with phony CIA memos. I was taken aback. I offered to conduct an investigation, which if his contention was correct, would lead me to publicly exonerate him. There was a pause on the line and then he said, "I was very young. How will I explain this to my children?" And then he rang off. I thought to myself that a number of the Watergate figures, some of whom the department was prosecuting, were very young, too.
Other presidents, according to those files, misused the bureau, although never Truman and Eisenhower. But Johnson clearly was the most demanding. This discovery was particularly painful for me. Although I was a life-long Republican, I had not only voted for LBJ, I had signed an ad supporting him, which got me ejected from the Hawaii Young Republicans.
This Moyers story is more than 'interesting' - it shows the sanctimonious hypocrite was implicated in some very nasty stuff! This deserves wide circulation in the media, but many will ignore it to protect one of their liberal icons.
It was the single worst experience of my long governmental service. Hoover had indeed tasked his agents with reporting privately to him any bits of dirt on figures such as Martin Luther King, or their families. Hoover sometimes used that information for subtle blackmail to ensure his and the bureau's power. I intend to take to my grave nasty bits of information on various political figures--some still active. As bad as the dirt collection business was, perhaps even worse was the evidence that he had allowed--even offered--the bureau to be used by presidents for nakedly political purposes. I have always thought that the most heinous act in which a democratic government can engage is to use its law enforcement machinery for political ends.
Is it true liberal go after people who speak out against them?
Brit Hume covered it on his show this afternoon.
"Former Director Louis Freeh initiated the practice of taking new FBI recruits through the Holocaust Museum to show what can happen when the law enforcement apparatus of a country becomes corrupted. I have always thought that sort of extreme example was a bit farfetched for our country, but there is an episode closer to home. I think it would be appropriate to introduce all new recruits to the nature of the secret and confidential files of J. Edgar Hoover. And in that connection this country--and the bureau--would be well served if his name were removed from the bureau's building. It is as if the Defense Department were named for Aaron Burr. Liberals and conservatives should unite to support legislation to accomplish this repudiation of a very sad chapter in American history."
Sure, scrub J.Edgar Hoover off the F.B.I.'s building. That will make everything all better and law enforcement will become as clean as driven snow, won't it mommy?
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