Wednesday, August 28, 2002

leaving j. edgar hoover to history

While J. Edgar Hoover was recognized for his leadership of the FBI by having the agency's headquarters named after him, he has also been the target of much stern criticism. Attorney General John Ashcroft has been asked to put his support behind legislation to change the name of the building. The request comes from Martin Luther King, III, who is the head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). I hope that the Attorney General gives some serious thought to the SCLC President's appeal. If the SCLC could convince the State of Georgia to change their flag, I'm guessing that they will have some success with an FBI Headquarters redesignation. The suggestion may come at a time when it is appropriate to make a fresh start for the agency. I don't know that the building really needs to be named after anyone.

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