Thursday, May 16, 2013

J. Edgar Hoover

Washington May 2013 1 (J. Edgar Hoover)

We got into Washington Tuesday night. My meeting didn't start until late yesterday afternoon. Mrs. C and I spent several hours Tuesday at the Newseum, which is about just what it says. One of the current exhibits was about the FBI, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which meant it was about J. Edgar Hoover, who for decades was its notorious chief.

Although Hoover was a tenacious adversary of crime, he had a dark side that was eventually revealed. He became a paranoid crusader against any hint of Communist activity. Some say he persecuted gay men in public life, although controversy remains today about whether he himself was gay.

The last photo from this exhibit is a recreation of the Montana shack of someone well known to Americans, Ted Kaczynski, the so-called Unabomer. Click the link if you would like to know the significance to us.

Washington May 2013 2 (G-Men)

Washington May 2013 3 (Crossing The Line)

Washington May 2013 $ (Do Not Touch)


Sharon said...

I love that museum. I spent hours there the last time I was in D.C. It was before the cabin though.

Stefan Jansson said...

I remember the long story about the UNA-bomber. And I have read a few good novels about the Hoover era, the best one was probably American Tabloid.

William Kendall said...

I've heard about that museum somewhere along the line. I'd like to see it myself.

Jack said...

You are ahead of me. I haven't been there yet.