J. Edgar Hoover

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We are a fact-gathering organization only. We don’t clear anybody. We don’t condemn anybody.

John Edgar Hoover (January 1, 1895May 2, 1972) was the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 1924 until 1972. The FBI's current headquarters is named in honor of him.


  • Banks are an almost irresistible attraction for that element of our society which seeks unearned money.
    • News summaries (April 7, 1955)
  • Just the minute the FBI begins making recommendations on what should be done with its information, it becomes a Gestapo.
    • Look magazine (June 14, 1956)
  • We are a fact-gathering organization only. We don’t clear anybody. We don’t condemn anybody.
    • Look magazine (June 14, 1956)
  • The individual is handicapped by coming face-to-face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists. The American mind simply has not come to a realization of the evil which has been introduced into our midst. It rejects even the assumption that human creatures could espouse a philosophy which must ultimately destroy all that is good and decent.
    • The Elks Magazine (August 1956)
  • Above all, I would teach him to tell the truth. Truth-telling, I have found, is the key to responsible citizenship. The thousands of criminals I have seen in 40 years of law enforcement have had one thing in common: Every single one was a liar.
    • "What I Would Tell a Son," Family Weekly (July 14, 1963)


  • Justice is incidental to law and order.
  • What we need in America today is a vigorous return to the God of our fathers and a most vigorous defense against the minion of Communism and Atheism.

About J. Edgar Hoover

  • It’s probably better to have him inside the tent pissing out, than outside the tent pissing in.

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