Just the minute the FBI begins making recommendations on what should be done with its information, it becomes a Gestapo.
Look magazine (14 June 1956)
[Whoever did this] must be exterminated, and they must be exterminated by us.J. Edgar Hoover
Banks are an almost irresistible attraction for that element of our society which seeks unearned money.J. Edgar Hoover
We are a fact-gathering organization only. We don’t clear anybody. We don’t condemn anybody.J. Edgar Hoover
Above all, I would teach him to tell the truth. Truth-telling, I have found, is the key to responsible citizenship. The thousands of criminals I have seen in 40 years of law enforcement have had one thing in common: Every single one was a liar.J. Edgar Hoover
The individual is handicapped by coming face to face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists.J. Edgar Hoover
Purpose of counter-intelligence action is to disrupt [Black Panther Party] and it is immaterial whether facts exist to substantiate the charge. If facts are present it aids in the success of the proposal but the Bureau feels … that disruption can be accomplished without facts to back it up.J. Edgar Hoover