Archive for April 18th, 2014

Secrecy and manipulation: On the FBI’s propaganda war and the shaping of public opinion

Friday, April 18, 2014 at 12:13 pm by

Original commentary from Privacy SOS blog published on Wednesday, April 16.

A4490-20Longtime FBI director J. Edgar Hoover was obsessed with the public’s perception of him and his enemies. As a result of this obsession, an agent could do no wrong greater than publicly embarrass the director or the bureau. Hoover knew that image and representation were more important than reality, so he worked hard to hide the truth from the public and his congressional purse-string-holders, and spin fabulous tales starring himself and his sharp-dressing agents as great American heroes.