Hoover, J. Edgar

1971 TLS as FBI Director, thanking a former US diplomat-businessman-lobbyist for his support against attacks on the FBI

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(1895-1972) Controversial 1st FBI Director 1924-72, known for chasing gangsters, Nazis and Communists. He created the Counter Intelligence Program, or COINTELPRO group, which conducted a series of covert, and often illegal, investigations designed to discredit or disrupt radical political organizations. COINTELPRO went after any organization Hoover considered subversive, including the Black Panthers, the Socialist Workers Party and the Ku Klux Klan. He also used COINTELPRO’s operations to conduct his own personal vendettas against political adversaries in the name of national security, inc. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Hoover ordered around-the-clock surveillance on King, hoping to find evidence of Communist influence or sexual deviance. Using illegal wiretaps and warrantless searches, Hoover gathered a large file of what he considered damning evidence against King. In 1971, COINTELPRO’s tactics were revealed to the public, showing the agency’s methods included infiltration, burglaries, illegal wiretaps, planted evidence and false rumors leaked on suspected groups and individuals. Despite the harsh criticism Hoover and the Bureau received, he remained its director until his death from a heart attack on May 2, 1972, at the age of 77. TLS on 9 1/2 x 7 letterhead as FBI Director, Washington, May 12 1971, a year before his death, to Spruille Braden, thanking Braden for his thoughtful telegram, adding: "I greatly appreciate your support in the face of recent attacks on the FBI, and your remarks certainly mean a great deal to my associates and me." SPRUILLE BRADEN (1894-1978) US diplomat, businessman, lobbyist. He was ambassador to various Latin American countries, and Asst. Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs. He is notable for his interventionist activities and his prominent role in several coups. He first came to prominence as an owner of the Braden Copper Co. in Chile and as a shareholder in the United Fruit Co. He also directed the W. Averill Harriman Securities Corp. As an agent of Standard Oil, he played a role in the Chaco War between Bolivia and Paraguay and espoused an openly anti-union position. Braden was a delegate to the Montevideo Convention (7th International Conference of American States) in 1933. He held several brief but important ambassadorships in Colombia (1939-42), Cuba (1942), and Argentina. As Ambassador to Argentina for 4 months in 1945, he encouraged opposition to President Farrell and Juan Peron. Perón exploited his intervention with the slogan "Braden or Perón", which contributed to his victory in the 1946 election. Beginning in 1948, Braden was a paid lobbyist for the United Fruit Co. When the company's interests were threatened in Guatemala by President Jacobo Arbenz Guzman, Braden helped overthrow him. He died after unsuccessfully lobbying against the Torrijos-Carter Treaties (return of the Panama Canal).

Condition: Very good, ink file docket by Braden at top right corner
Type:Letter






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