June 14, 2007 |
WHAT created J. Edgar Hoover? He reigned with an iron fist as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for 48 years, until the day he died in 1972. By then, Hoover had evolved into an untouchable autocrat, a man who kept secret files on millions of Americans over the years and used them to blackmail presidents, senators and movie stars. He ordered burglaries, secret wiretaps or sabotage against anyone he personally considered subversive. His target list included the Rev.
November 18, 1991 |
"G-Men--The Rise of J. Edgar Hoover" does not give rise to any new data or perspectives on the storied head of the FBI. Airing at 9 tonight on KCET Channel 28 and KPBS Channel 15, and at 8 on KVCR Channel 24, this hour from "The American Experience" is nevertheless highly watchable because Hoover's evolution as a national anti-crime icon, and the times that nourished him, are forever fascinating. Hoover was only 29 when he was named in 1924 to head the agency that is now the FBI.
December 31, 2005 |
Every year for the last three years, Rep. Dan Burton, a Republican from Indiana, has introduced a bill to strip J. Edgar Hoover's name from the FBI's headquarters -- an initiative that has been largely ignored. Now, however, amid headlines about possibly illegal government surveillance of Americans inside the United States, the effort to rename the Hoover building is starting to attract more supporters, most recently U.S. Circuit Judge Laurence H.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 1995
For more than seven years, starting in 1965, the FBI spied on California farm labor leader Cesar Chavez. The genesis of this project was the admittedly "vague" allegation by a nameless accuser that Chavez "possibly has a subversive background."
February 17, 1993 |
In a dramatic appearance at FBI headquarters Tuesday, Coretta Scott King said FBI attempts to smear her slain husband continued after his death and she credited the agency's embattled director, William S. Sessions, with moving the bureau away from such tactics. "I can stand here before you with faith that the FBI of the 1990s has turned its back on the abuses of the Hoover era," said King, who spoke at the FBI's commemoration of Black History Month.
November 17, 1987 |
"Hoover vs. the Kennedys," the syndicated TV movie airing tonight and next Tuesday night at 8 on KCOP Channel 13, carries a hyperbolic subtitle--"The Second Civil War." Here's another possibility that's just as silly but a lot more descriptive: "People on the Phone." During these four long hours we see J. Edgar Hoover on the phone to his FBI agents, Martin Luther King on the phone to his associates, John F.
December 18, 1988 |
Shortly after Robert Kennedy took over the Justice Department, he found himself at loggerheads with FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. An unwitting Martin Luther King Jr. would soon find himself a pawn in the attorney general's continuing battle to protect his brother, John F . Kennedy, the President, from the FBI chief. The running battle between Robert Kennedy and J. Edgar Hoover began in the early days of J. F. K. 's Administration.
March 4, 1987 |
As perhaps befits a former federal judge from St. Louis, FBI Director William H. Webster has used a methodical, low-key approach to guide the nation's premier law enforcement agency into a new era in which political corruption, counterintelligence and labor racketeering are its most pressing concerns. Appointed to take charge of the CIA after nine years as the FBI's director, Webster has been the longest-tenured FBI chief since the legendary J.
August 17, 1987 |
Yet another saga about the Kennedy era is on the television horizon. This time: a triple-tiered "docudrama" about John and Robert Kennedy, their difficult dealings with the late FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, and the relationship of all three men to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement of the 1960s. The four-hour TV miniseries, "Hoover vs.
November 17, 2011 |
For Leonardo DiCaprio, any story worth telling starts with a question. "Why?" the actor said, banging his fist on a table. "His personal life, his tactics, what drove him, what were his motives? What the hell did he really want?" The man instigating this particular "why" is J. Edgar Hoover, whom DiCaprio plays in the new biopic of the controversial FBI chief directed by Clint Eastwood. But the star of "J. Edgar" could as easily be asking about the other complex characters he has brought to the screen in the last decade — obsessive magnate Howard Hughes in "The Aviator," mysterious U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels in "Shutter Island," grieving dream hijacker Dom Cobb in "Inception.