Timewatch-The Secret File On J Edgar Hoover 1993 02 24.avi.
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A new profile of the man who was director of the FBI for nearly 50 years. It would appear that the Mafia had some kind of hold over him. The American Mafia, it is asserted, had damaging evidence about Hoover's sex life and they knew about his homosexuality.
Hoover's attitude to organized crime underwent a sea change between the 1930s and 1940s. He turned a blind eye during the vital years of its growth allowing it to gain a firm grip on American society.
The documentary also looks at how Hoover changed the perception of law enforcement from drunken Irish cops to a modicum of middle class respectability, although he wasn't above taking a few perks himself.
His lifestyle was funded by the taxpayer to the extent that FBI funds were used to find out which animal had pooed on his lawn. (Turns out it was a raccoon!)
His love of gambling meant that he used Mafia connections to place undercover bets and fix the races.
Blindness to the Mafia's entrenchment into US society is attributed to blackmail...at which Hoover was the master himself. And of course there is the obligatory link with the Kennedys
As a VHS rip, quality isn't brilliant but watchable
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