How J. Edgar Hoover Set The Stage For NSA Surveillance
Edward Snowden's revelations about the scope of US government surveillance programs took many people by surprise. But the federal government has been tracking people's personal information for a long time.
Surveillance really took off in 1919. That's when a young Department of Defense lawyer named J. Edgar Hoover was tapped to head a brand new division of the department: the Radical Division. Hoover was only 24 years old at the time.
Historian Beverly Gage is writing a biography of Hoover. Today on KUOW Presents Brian Balogh asks her: Why Hoover? What qualified this young upstart to take over the government surveillance of radicals?
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- Study Finds Warmer Climate Can Trigger Increase In Human Conflict
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- How J. Edgar Hoover Revolutionized Surveillance
- Writer's Almanac
- Wagner's "Ring"
- Department Of Homeland Security: Necessary Or Needless?