Tell Congress to strip J. Edgar Hoover’s name from FBI headquarters!

28 Nov

SIGN THE PETITION

J. Edgar Hoover’s name–synonymous with illegal government intrusion, abuse of power, and warrantless surveillance and harassment of activists and politicians–is a stain on the FBI, and must be stripped from the agency’s headquarters.

Hoover habitually used the FBI’s extensive surveillance power to collect damaging information on leaders and activists, and kept the most scurrilous data under his personal control. He used his possession of these files to maintain his position as FBI director and to intimidate, accuse, and discredit enemies. In an unsigned 1964 letter to Martin Luther King, later verified by the Church Committee, Hoover implies having intimate knowledge of King’s sex life, and suggests that the doctor should kill himself: “There is only one thing left for you to do. You know what it is.”

In 1951, at the height of the Cold War, Hoover ordered his agents to identify every suspected gay working…

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