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Should J. Edgar Hoover’s Name Be Removed from FBI’s New Headquarters?

FBI's headquarters is called the J. Edgar Hoover Building.

FBI’s headquarters is called the J. Edgar Hoover Building.

Jonathan Rauch
The Atlantic

Now that the Confederate flag has been furled at South Carolina’s Capitol, it’s time to deal with another symbolic insult to minorities and the Constitution—the one inscribed over the door of the nation’s top law-enforcement agency.

A consummate bureaucrat and institution-builder, J. Edgar Hoover, the FBI’s first director, was also a paranoid obsessive who put together a rogue secret service accountable only to himself. His clandestine harassment of civil-rights activists and his illegal surveillance of political dissidents are well known, but the extent of his persecution of homosexuals is only now coming to light. In 1951, he launched a program to identify and expose homosexuals working in government. (“Each Supervisor will be held personally responsible to underline in green pencil the names of individuals mentioned in any report, letter, memorandum, newspaper article or other communication who are alleged to be sex deviates. This will assure proper indexing by the Records Section.”) By the time the program ended, in the 1970s, the bureau had collected more than 360,000 files on Americans suspected of being gay or lesbian. Dwight Eisenhower was still president-elect when Hoover confronted him with evidence that one of Eisenhower’s senior aides was gay, getting the aide fired and implicitly warning Ike not to cross the FBI. A few months later, the new president banned gays from all government jobs, an injustice not righted until 1975.

As it happens, the government is planning to move the FBI from its brutalist building on Pennsylvania Avenue to a new home in the D.C. suburbs. Hoover’s name, according to an FBI spokesman, will not automatically convey. In deciding what to call the new facility, Congress will be required to confront Hoover’s legacy.

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State, Local Officials to Show Support for Bringing FBI Headquarters to Maryland

Steve Neavling

A new FBI headquarters in Maryland would inject an estimated $2 billion and 11,000 jobs into the economy, the Associated Press reports.

Top officials are scheduled to promote moving the FBI office to Prince George’s County.

Scheduled to attend are Gov. Martin O’Malley, Rep. Steny Hoyer and Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin.

Several areas are competing to land the FBI headquarters, saying it would boost the economy.

Chicago Tribune Editorial: Should ATF Headquarters Be Named for Eliot Ness

Al Capone/fbi photo

By the Chicago Tribune
Editorial Page


We all know crime fighter Eliot Ness brought down Chicago mobster Al Capone, right?

Not quite. Ness spent the best years of his life in a hunt to put Capone behind bars, but he had less to do with the final outcome than legend has it. Ness retired from federal law enforcement in his prime, then worked as a public safety official in Ohio. His personal life became a mess and he died at age 54.

Republican Sen. Mark Kirk and Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin are pushing to name the Washington headquarters of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives after Ness. This has prompted a delicious debate about Chicago history during Prohibition.

Alderman Ed Burke, the City Council’s resident historian, has dismissed the famous lawman. “Eliot Ness had a checkered career after leaving the federal government,” Burke said. “I simply do not think his image matches the actual reality of his legacy.”

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Owner of Washington Nationals Wants to Build New FBI Headquarter in Landover

Steve Neavling

If the primary owner of the Washington Nationals gets his way, the Landover Mall will become the new site of the FBI’s headquarters.

The Washington Post reports that Lerner Enterprises, a development firm run by the Nationals owner, has submitted the 88-acre site for consideration as the bureau’s new headquarters.

Sears is the only remaining tenant in the mall, and Sears is on its way out.

“With Sears closed the confusion that existed as to the availability of the entire site should be eliminated. We would hope to attract a major user or users to the site possibly the FBI. In that regard we have submitted the site to the GSA,” Alan H. Gottlieb, chief operating officer of Lerner Enterprises, told the Post in an e-mail.

GSA Narrows Down List of Potential Locations for New FBI Headquarters

Steve Neavling

The General Services Administration has narrowed down the list of possible new locations for a new FBI headquarters by adding more geographic requirements, the Washington Post reports.

The FBI has become more restrictive about location, saying the new headquarters must be within two miles of a Metrorail station and within two-and-a-half miles of the Capital Beltway.

The new map represents areas that fit the requirements.

Maryland Officials Hope FBI Chooses Greenbelt for New FBI Headquarters Site

Steve Neavling 

Maryland official hope they soon land the new FBI headquarters, saying the site is perfectly located, News4 reports.

The site at Greenbelt has quick access to Metro and the Beltway, and it has about 80 acres to develop.

The FBI has said it requires about 50 acres for a new headquarters.

“We need to have access to transit, we need to have access to the Beltway,” GSA Project Executive Bill Dowd told News4. “Now we want to identify the sites that are real.”

Others hoping to land the FBI headquarters are Prince William County and Potomac Shores.

“It is still out opinion that Loudoun offers great options for the FBI headquarters relocation,” Lois Kirkpatrick with Loudoun County Communications told News4.

FBI Prepares For New Office in Hudson Valley

Steve Neavling

FBI agents will be closer to an area that has been a hotbed for violent crime in the Hudson Valley in New York, the Associated Press reports.

The agency is opening up a new $4.5 million regional office near the city of Newburgh, which has been the focus of FBI crackdowns on violent drug gangs.

The office will be next to Stewart International Airport in the town of New Windsor, 55 miles north of New York City.

The FBI said the location is convenient because it’s near the Thruway and Interstate 84 and not far fro Newburgh.


Why FBI’s Departure from Pennsylvania Avenue Would Boost Region

Steve Neavling

The demolition of the Hoover Building would create $28 million in additional tax revenue for Washington D.C. and provide much needed aesthetic relief for people who have to see the hulking building every day, the Washington Post wrote in an editorial today.

The move to another building also makes sense regionally, the Post argued. It would bring about 11,000 jobs – about half of which are scattered across various buildings in the District and Virginia – to one building.

“Consolidating them in a modern facility is important for an agency that has grown fast since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks,” the Post wrote. “Given the land requirements for a new headquarters — at least 40 acres — suburban sites with access to Metro are the logical place to look.”