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J. Edgar Hoover Fought for People’s Right to Remain Silent in 50-Year-Old Case

Former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover

Former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover is often criticized for his zealous, unconstitutional surveillance of civil rights leaders and suspected communists.

But many people don’t know Hoover fought to protect accused criminals by supporting the Miranda rights.

The Washington Post reports that Hover and his colleagues were integral in the Supreme Court case, Miranda v. Arizona, which established the people the right to remain silent while in police custody.

That made him an unlikely ally of the ACLU – one of his biggest critics.

The Supreme Court decision was made 50 year ago this coming Monday – June 13, 1966.

Poll Shows J. Edgar Hoover Favored for Name of New FBI Headquarters

J. Edgar Hoover

J. Edgar Hoover

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Although former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover has long been accused of racism and illegal wiretaps, an online poll shows that respondents believe the new bureau’s headquarters should be named after him.

The poll by Federal Times found that more than 31% favored Hoover, while 27% didn’t want to name the building.

The third-place vote went to FBI Agent Edwin C. Shanahan, the first agent killed in the line of duty in 1925. Fictional FBI Agent Fox Mulder came in fourth with 15% of the vote.

The bureau’s headquarters was named after Hoover following his death in 1972.

The FBI is looking for a new headquarters, which may mean a new name for the building.

Former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover Died on This Date in 1972

J. Edgar Hoover

J. Edgar Hoover

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover died 44 years ago Monday.

Here is the original New York Daily News story about his death on May 2, 1972:

FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, 77, the nation’s towering symbol of law enforcement for nearly half a century, died at his home during the night.

Death struck without warning. Hoover believed himself in excellent health and put in a full day at work yesterday.

President Nixon made an impromptu appearance in the White House press room to praise Hoover’s “unparalleled devotion” to his country and to express his “profound sense of personal loss.” The President ordered that all flags on government buildings be flown at half staff.

Congress swiftly passed a resolution providing for Hoover’s body to lie in state that traditionally is reserved for Presidents, war heroes and distinguished legislators. He will be the first civil servant in American history to be so honored.

Hoover’s body was found on the floor beside his bed in his northwest Washington home by his maid, Annie Fields, who arrived about 8:30 a.m. to make his breakfast.

Dr. James L. Luke, District of Columbia coroner, attributed Hoover’s death to “hypertensive cardiovascular disease” — an ailment linked to high blood pressure. Luke said the immediate cause of death could have been a heart attack. He said an autopsy was not indicated.

Hoover’s body will lie in state in the rotunda from tomorrow morning until 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

The funeral service will be at the National Presbyterian Church at 11 a.m. Thursday. Nixon will deliver the eulogy.

To read more click here.

Weekend Series on Crime History: Nixon and Hoover Talk About Killings of Police Officers

Future FBI Headquarters Likely Won’t Be Named After J. Edgar Hoover

J. Edgar Hoover

J. Edgar Hoover

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

When the FBI moves its headquarters, the new building may no longer be graced with J. Edgar Hoover’s name.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., a ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, argued that the future headquarters should not be named after Hoover, who has been frequently criticized for targeting civil rights leaders.

In a latter to the Obama administration, Leahy wrote that the former FBI director “routinely violated the law and infringed on the constitutional rights of American citizens by ordering investigations of individuals and groups who were not suspected of any criminal wrongdoing,” according to the Washington Post. 

Leahy wrote that Hoover’s FBI “illegally compiled thousands of dossiers on nonviolent civil rights groups” and “waged a concerted campaign against gay and lesbian Americans working for the Federal government and against gay and lesbian organizations.”

He wrote: “Given the systemic abuses carried out under Director Hoover’s leadership, it would be a mistake to associate his name with the new FBI headquarters. If the new building will be named for anyone, the Federal government must consider individuals who represent our values and who have dedicated their public service careers to upholding the rule of law.”

The FBI did not respond for comment.

Ex-FBI Agent Who Authored Books Critical of J. Edgar Hoover Has Died at 88

fbi logo newBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

William Weyand Turner, a former FBI agent who criticized J. Edgar Hoover in several books, died Dec. 26, the Marin Independent Journal reports. 

Turner died after complications with Parkinson’s Disease.

He was 88.

Hoover fired Turner in 1962 after he testified before Congress that an investigation was needed into the bureau’s extensive wiretapping.

When Turner was an agent, he testified that he set up hundreds of wiretaps on telephones and even broke into homes and businesses to plant the hidden surveillance.

Turner detailed in his 1970 book, “Hoover’s FBI,” that the bureau’s director placed so much energy on cracking down on communism that he failed to adequately prosecute organized crime.

“For nearly four decades, he (Hoover) stuck his head in the sand while the crime syndicates waxed fat,” he wrote.

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