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…Late in life and after his death Hoover became a controversial figure, as evidence of his secretive actions became known. His critics have accused him of exceeding the jurisdiction of the FBI. He used the FBI to harass political dissenters and activists, to amass secret files on political leaders, and to collect evidence using illegal methods. Hoover consequently amassed a great deal of power and was in a position to intimidate and threaten sitting Presidents.
Originally posted by tetra50
Sorry to be so pessimistic.
Originally posted by EA006
I agree. Remember on 9/11 when Bush was told the news? He already knew what was happening.
He was totally under the thumb very much like Obama.
Originally posted by littled16
reply to post by The GUT
I think it's all kinds of ironic- the fears of the past becoming the realities of the present. Word to the NSA guys though- if my old man worked at the NSA he'd be an idiot not to use every avenue available to him to keep tabs on me.....I'm a trouble maker like that.
Originally posted by Melekim
I have had a very negative assessment of Obama's Presidency, but I am beginning to believe that he has been a man held hostage. If he doesn't do in Syria what the 'military-intelligence-pharmaceutical-industrial complex' wants i.e., war, then I expect that they would simply assassinate him and put their longtime puppet Joe Biden in his place. Given Obama's physical appearance alone he clearly is not a man having a jolly good time of it.
If he is a man held hostage, it is still his choice to allow himself to be manipulated rather than speak the truth and do what is right and face the consequences no matter how costly.
Originally posted by ABNARTY
I have felt this myself and have stated such elsewhere on ATS. It makes much sense.
Socially as well as professionally they cliqued together, forming a sealed fraternity. They ate together at their own special favorite restaurants; they partied almost only among themselves; their families drifted to each other, so their defenses did not always have to be up. In this way they increasingly separated themselves from the ordinary world and developed a rather skewed view of that world.
Their own dedicated double life became the proper norm, and they looked down on the life of the rest of the citizenry. And out of this grew what was later named -- and condemned -- as the "cult" of intelligence, an inbred, distorted, elitist view of intelligence that held it to be above the normal processes of society, with its own rationale and justification, beyond the restraints of the Constitution, which applied to everything and everyone else.
Originally posted by VictorVonDoom
...After that, his positions on issues began to morph. Before, he talked of bringing the troops in the Middle East home in a matter of months. After, his position slowly changed to "leaving it up to the commanders on the ground." The same position McCain had.
Originally posted by JBA2848
John Brennan was put in charge of leaks. Even the passport spying at Brennan's own company was left up to him to investigate
Originally posted by Skjord
It really makes you wonder if America's revolution was planned in advance and this country was set up to be the very thing we have today, Rome 2.0, just with a little more "freedom".