Tuesday, May 18, 2010

TOMBSTONE OF J. EDGAR HOOVER - Congressional Cemetery, Washington, DC

Today's stone is that of the longtime Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, John Edgar Hoover. He made the FBI what it is today - the preeminent law enforcement agency in the World. If you are reading this and were alive during the time when Hoover ruled over the FBI, you might want to do a Freedom of Information Act request on yourself because maybe there is an FBI file on you. I'm not joking, either. Hoover and the FBI created files on many Americans, many of whom lived absolutely normal lives. However, his extreme suspicion of people prompted him to investigate many Americans. Can you imagine if he was running the FBI in today's world? Hoover is buried in this simple plot with his sister and parents. Retired agents of the FBI have constructed the gate around the plot as well as the bench that sits in front of the grave.

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