The roots of Surveillance America

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November 22, 2011
Foundation for Economic Education
by Wendy McElroy  
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"How did intelligence-gathering in the United States become centralized and opposed to civil liberties? The answer lies in war, fear-mongering, political ambition, and the career path of the most pragmatic bureaucrat America has produced: J. Edgar Hoover (1895–1972), the first director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). A supremely political animal, Hoover occupied high office for nearly 50 years, during which he was instrumental in laying the foundation for a national security state." (11/22/11)  

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