Mythical Conversation/Documentary with J. Edgar Hoover – Prophet of Fear
produced by Emperor’s New Clothes Production
excerpted from “Who’s Wearing Emperor’s New Clothes” documentary
Prophet of Fear: J. Edgar Hoover
filmed On Dec 7, 2016 – the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Attack
rough work in progress
first video in playlist is edited excerpt 20min 52sec – the 2nd long for 1hr 36min
excerpts from wikipedia below video
long form 1 hour 36 min
Richard Nixon was recorded as stating in 1971 that one of the reasons he did not fire Hoover was that he was afraid of reprisals against him from Hoover.
According to President Harry S. Truman, Hoover transformed the FBI into his private secret police force. Truman stated: “we want no Gestapo or secret police. The FBI is tending in that direction. They are dabbling in sex-life scandals and plain blackmail. J. Edgar Hoover would give his right eye to take over, and all congressmen and senators are afraid of him.
In 1946, Attorney General Tom C. Clark authorized Hoover to compile a list of potentially disloyal Americans who might be detained during a wartime national emergency. In 1950, at the outbreak of the Korean War, Hoover submitted to President Truman a plan to suspend the writ of habeas corpus and detain 12,000 Americans suspected of disloyalty. Truman did not act on the plan
Presidents Harry S Truman and John F. Kennedy each considered dismissing Hoover as FBI Director, but ultimately concluded that the political cost of doing so would be too great.
Hoover was a consultant to Warner Bros. for a theatrical film about the FBI, The FBI Story (1959), and in 1965 on Warner Bros.’ long-running spin-off television series, The F.B.I. Hoover personally made sure Warner Bros. portrayed the FBI more favorably than other crime dramas of the times.
Hoover personally directed the FBI investigation of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. In 1964, just days before Hoover testified in the earliest stages of the Warren Commission hearings, President Lyndon B. Johnson waived the then-mandatory U.S. Government Service Retirement Age of 70, allowing Hoover to remain the FBI Director “for an indefinite period of time.” The House Select Committee on Assassinations issued a report in 1979 critical of the performance by the FBI, the Warren Commission, and other agencies. The report also criticized what it characterized as the FBI’s reluctance to thoroughly investigate the possibility of a conspiracy to assassinate the President.
Hoover’s practice of violating civil liberties for the sake of national security has been questioned in reference to recent national surveillance programs. An example is a lecture titled “Civil Liberties and National Security: Did Hoover Get it Right?”, given at The Institute of World Politics on April 21, 2015