Lead: As director of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover guided the Bureau into an organized, accountable, and well-schooled police and detective agency. What he did in secret was another matter entirely.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Hoover established the FBI academy at Quantico, Virginia, and through its training facility set high standards for performance, intelligence, and physical ability. He began the first systematic collection of fingerprints for the purpose of crime detection.

Yet, he maintained a life-long pursuit of people he considered suspect, Bolsheviks after World War I, Nazis, members of the Communist Party and suspected sympathizers during the 1940s and 1950s. When he encountered resistance to his tactics in the Executive Branch during the Truman Administration, he sought and found allies in Congress, such as members of the House Un-American Activities Committee.

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