JOHN EDGAR HOOVER 1895 - 1972
Every government has its corruption and corrupt officials. This article is not intended to hammer on a particular country but to indicate how wide corruption by government officials has spread over the civilised world. We have corruption beckoning us in our own government yet that corruption seems to get ironed into the fabric of the government and accepted as such, as part and parcel of the workings of government.
John Edgar Hoover was the first director of the FBI of the USA. He was credited with building the FBI into a large and efficient crime fighting agency. Was a controversial figure as evidence of his secretive actions became known. He used the FBI to harass political dissenters and activists to amass secret files of political leaders and to collect evidence using illegal methods and thereby amassing a great deal of power: As per a journalist: Hoover does not have to exert pressure, he is pressure. Much of his work seems to be in his own interests. Ironically he was anti-homosexual yet was accused of moving in those circles. Rumours were circulating the JEH was a homosexual. Clyde Tolson, who became an associate director of the FBI and Hoovers heir, may have been his lover. On a recent TV programme it was asserted that Hoover used State and departmental money to revamp his private house annually. Hoover and JFK were at loggerheads and stepped quietly out of each others way despite the fact that it was accepted the two were buddies.
Hoover threatened to expose JFK’s affairs with actresses and other ladies. In fact Hoover had a large contingent of FBI workers to keep an eye on the president. Kennedy on the other hand, sought ways to remove Hoover from his seat of power. While doing research on McCarthyism for this article I had to find a parallel to McCarthyism. Purely by a stroke of luck I hit on the Rooi Gevaar and the Swart Gevaar as propagated inj the 1950’s and 1960’s. I grew up under that sombre atmosphere where parents worriedly discussed the future in whispers and frightening the kids off the streets when a “Gevaar” is at hand. Much of the time, the electorate, “Whites Only” while arguing the merits of the policies did not have much insight as to what the real policy was about and its heinous consequences. The Rooi and Swart Gevaar were always lurking in the darkness and came to life when all arguments were squashed. Some years later I tried to read up on the communist philosophy but books were not available: Only those that are anti-commie. And found in municipal libraries.
A person was asked what is communism and the answer received: “O Ja, daai mense wat jou dood maak vir geen rede”. fear was the name of the game and played by governments to indoctrinate the electorate into a state of fear and subservience. There is very little difference between McCarthyism, the Rooi gevaar and the swart gevaar. In all three cases human rights are violated: People have a right to align themselves with whom they choose. The organisations and institutions that they wish to attend or support. The freedom to express themselves and their ideals.
Our current government, the ANC, uses fear to gain support for their elections in that proclaiming that apartheid will always remain dead yet their policies tend to create a new form of apartheid. Corruption is rife in most African countries and in the middle east, India and the states in that region of the globe.
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