Quotes – FBI Director J.Edgar Hoover

“Justice is incidental to law and order.”
– J.Edgar Hoover – Director of the FBI 1924-1972

“That fellow [J. Edgar Hoover] was a master blackmailer. The moment he would get something on a senator he’d send one of the errand boys up and advise the senator that we’re in the course of an investigation and by chance happened to come up with this data on your daughter. But we wanted you to know this-we realize you’d want to know it. But don’t have any concern, no one will ever learn about it. Well, Jesus, what does that tell the senator? From that time on, the senator’s right in his pocket.”
– William Sullivan, number three in the FBI under J. Edgar Hoover to Los Angeles Times, 1973

“Martin Luther King is the most notorious liar in the country.”
– J.Edgar Hoover

“Never once did I hear anybody, including myself, raise the question: ‘Is this course of action which we have agreed upon lawful, is it legal, is it ethical or moral? … We never gave any thought to this line of reasoning… The one thing we were concerned about was this: Will this course of action work, will it get us what we want?… As far as legality is concerned, morals or ethics, [it] was never raised… I think this suggests really in government that we are amoral. In government … the general atmosphere is one of amorality.”
– William Sullivan, third in the FBI under Hoover to Los Angeles Times, 1973

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