Tuesday, December 06, 2005

J. Edgar Hoover

I'm 2/3 through a book called "Official and Confidential: The Secret Life of J. Edgar Hoover" and man, what a doozy it is! Summed up briefly, it points out detail by detail how Hoover purposely refused to admit the existence of the Mafia because they probably had compromising homosexual photos of him and then later, after JFK's assassination, had to cover up and mislead the Warren Commission because it started to look like some of his own oil friends and mafia friends were connected to the murder. The man ruined other people's at the drop of a hat, for speaking to a reporter without having permission: sent to a backwater FBI office, or people who sent in complaints to LBJ about his foreign policy, FBI files were opened on them, or politicians could ask of free conscience because Hoover had compromising info on them. This was the secret police, the same kind we abhorred in the Soviet Union or Nazi Germany and it was in the Land of the Free.

This is yet another reason why I feel distanced from America, the one the rest of the world knows. There are two Americas now, the one that is a feeling or ideology that has inspired greatness in people searching for freedom, and the other one, which has suppressed freedom and democracy with vigor so as to maintain a status quo among the wealthy movers and shakers who get people elected. Has it always been this way? Probably, but it just feels that people use the facade of freedom to perpetrate awful, horrible things. It's hard to believe, and it's upsetting because people in other countries see right through the facade and people in America not so much. You don't want to believe that your country is a "bad" one and while there may be good intentions about things like the "War of Terrorism", you all know what they say about the road to hell...

time for lunch!


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