Late in life and after his death Hoover became a controversial figure as evidence of his secretive actions became public.
[Whoever did this] must be exterminated, and they must be exterminated by us.
Banks are an almost irresistible attraction for that element of our society which seeks unearned money.
Just the minute the FBI begins making recommendations on what should be done with its information, it becomes a Gestapo|Gestapo.
We are a fact-gathering organization only. We don’t clear anybody. We don’t condemn anybody.
The individual is handicapped by coming face-to-face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists. The American mind simply has not come to a realization of the evil which has been introduced into our midst. It rejects even the assumption that human creatures could espouse a philosophy which must ultimately destroy all that is good and decent.
Above all, I would teach him to tell the truth. Truth-telling, I have found, is the key to responsible citizenship. The thousands of criminals I have seen in 40 years of law enforcement have had one thing in common: Every single one was a liar.