Enemies A History of the FBI (Pdf ebook) by Tim Weiner

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Ne it deemed subversive and sometimes American presidents The FBI’s secret intelligence and surveillance techniues have created a tug of war between protecting national security and infringing upon civil liberties It is a tension that strains the very fabric of a free republ. What a fascinating book I was really disturbed at how much intelligence was floating around before the 911 attacks Even as far back as the mid 1990s I have a lot greater respect for director Robert Mueller Mueller was essentially thrown into the position after battling an aggressive cancer right as the 911 attacks happened His resolve to maintain a bureau of integrity and legality is uite impressive Knowing what Mueller is up to these days it only reinforces my respect for the man In all Enemies was a tremendously informative book which was filled with all sorts of thrilling stories and detailed background stories

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Enemies A History of the FBI

Enemies is the first definitive history of the FBI’s secret intelligence operations from an author whose work on the Pentagon and the CIA won him the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award   We think of the FBI as America’s police force But secret intelligence is the. J Edgar Hoover is the main character in this book at least for the first 23rds and if there was ever any uestion that Hoover is one of the most conseuential people in American history that uestion no longer exists in my mind But the Hoover of the book surprised me my mind s eye had always pictured Hoover as a Machiavellian power hungry manipulator the Master of Whispers of the American government But the Hoover I read about is less a scheming Edward G Robinson type and of a dedicated patriot I have no doubt in my mind that Hoover loved this country even if he also loved the accolades power and influence that came with his station as head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation The fact that Hoover was America s top cop from the FDR Administration through Nixon is almost unfathomable But he wasn t kept in that position because of any dirty secrets he held over the power brokers or at least not that the book reveals He was simply the best person for the job for the better part of four decades He was a tactical genius and yes he did skirt around certain legal obstacles but from what I can tell he did it out of a true love of countryWithin the story of Hoover and the shadow he casts over the Bureau nearly half a century later is a chronicle of all the growing pains and traumatic events in American history From the Red Scares 1910s and 1950s to essentially destroying the Klan in the 1950s and 60s to the COINTELPRO of the the last decade of Hoover s life The latter when the FBI started spying on American citizens for fear of subversion is kind of the turning point of the FBI when it became less about defending America and about spying and tapping the phones of people who aren t necessarily breaking the law but have dangerous ideas After Hoover s death in 1972 the Bureau went through a few years of triumph finding the evidence for Watergate and about two decades of relative incompetence When Bill Clinton shit canned Director William Sessions in 93 nobody protested because he was patently awful Although Louis Freeh wasn t much betterOne of the interesting chapters in the Bureau s history is the final chapters of the book which detail the course correction of the Bureau moving away from warrantless wiretaps and waterboarding to using gasp the law to take down terrorists I d be curious to see if they put in any kind of addendum later on to include the Comey firingIf you have a fancy for American political history of the 20th century you d be hard pressed to find a interesting and fact filled book

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Bureau’s first and foremost mission Enemies is the story of how presidents have used the FBI as the most formidable intelligence force in American history   Here is the hidden history of America’s hundred year war on terror The FBI has fought against terrorists spies anyo. Reading this book i realized a couple things i didn t know before One that J Edgar Hoover was probably the most powerful man in American history only because of the amount of sway that he had on just about anyone And two that the FBI is this weird mix of 1984 and the Wizard of Oz where you have this agency that is presumably watching you all the time but it does have a head and that head until his death was J EdgarI really love the fantastical element of his character The daunting seriousness coupled with the insatiable lust for being on the top of the mountain where you oversee everyone else and no one sees you a very private way of living behind the screen Wizard of Oz Ehrlichman approached the director with caution His staff had warned him that every meeting in Hoover s office was secretly filmed or videotaped But they did not prepare me for the Wizard of Oz approach that his visitors were reuired to make From the corridors of Justice Ehrlichman was ushered through double doors guarded by Hoover s personal attendants He walked into a room crammed with tributes to Hoover plaues and citations emblazoned with emblems of American eagles and eternally flaming torches The anteroom led to a second formal room with hundreds awards That led to a third trophy room with a highly polished desk The desk was emptyJ Edgar Hoover was nowhere to be seen he wrote My guide opened a door behind the desk at the back of the room and I was ushered into an office about twelve or thirteen feet suare dominated by Hoover himself he was seated ina large leather desk chair behind a wooden desk in the center of the room When he stood it became obvious that he and his desk were on a dais about six inches high I was invited to sit on a low purplish leather couch to his right J Edgar Hoover looked down on me and began to talkI find this book terrifying Because in developing the FBI J Edgar thrust into our justice system all of the covert shit that haunts us the lists of radicals or subversives the secretive tribunals wiretapping dossiers of politically important characters and what s worst this sprawl of information contained by now the NSA in a neverending database in Bluffington UT Talking with Tim Weiner through the Goodreads History club I found out that Hoover was motivated because uite simply he thought Communism was Evil That s capital E E vil He was in the midst of a holy war for American Freedom against the communist usurper This book does set up a context for that fear right as the mad bombers of Luigi Galleani are bombing Chicago s chief of police and Wall Street i understand that harrowing fear of a world under attack and the extremes you would do in the circumstanceHoover bought into CommunismAnarchism bent at this young and impressionable moment in his life as the never ceasing wherewithal that we buy into terrorists having now Not only a call to end what we know as freedom but martyrdom for the sake of making sure our way of life is removed for their political idealsUnderstanding that Hoover sought to take them out of the picture This begat the Palmer Raids which begat the WWII lists of subversives which begat the Security Index and Cointelpro and the CIA s formation After reading this book i actually believe that Hoover was the Cold War Now you might say that s crazy World wide arms race with all of its soldiers spies Hoover could not solely be responsible for that entire make up No not exactly But when we really conceive the beginnings of the Cold War Roosevelt saying in 1940 that spies saboteurs and traitors are the actors in this new strategy With all of these we must and will deal vigorously And that was Hoover s MO constant surveillance as Pinkerton wanted So it began in the name of national security but i like a uote by Louis Brandeis a Supreme court justice who railed against the authority to allow wiretapping even in the name of making society suffer and giving criminals greater immunity than has been known heretofore You always have to uestion Who is that policing force or as Brandeis put it the greatest danger to liberty lie in insidious encroachments by men of zeal well meaning but without understandingIn the name of securing our freedom Hoover developed a force of intelligence that kept everyone in this country in check Baggage on JFK and MLK Adelaide Stephenson and Eleanor Roosevelt Not to mention student groups the Black Panther Party and politicians galore It s true there are subversive agents that are trying to respell the ways in which America operates itself And owing to the Alexander Hamilton s uote the epitaph of the book denying them will compel nations the most attached to liberty to resort for repose and security to institutions which have a tendency to destroy their civil and political rights To be safe they at length become willing to run the risk of being freeBut is this worth 10000 immigrants being arrested in 1920 31000 immigrants after World War 2the infiltration of political groups by spies to inform and possibly work as provocateurs or possibly the most heinous offense allowing an information collection agency and clandestine operating force of this massive power to fall into the wrong hands such as Bush and Cheney or Richard NixonThis so called safety has long term implications And the paranoid feeling that they know everything you do lingers Don t know much what to do about it other than read books like this and keep informed


9 thoughts on “Enemies A History of the FBI

  1. says:

    Tim Weiner's Enemies A History of the FBI is an interesting book about the FBI's straddling the line between legal and illegal pursuit of criminals The book spends a lot of time discussing the career and legacy of J Edgar Hoover dispelling myths most evidence discounts the commonly held belief that he was a closeted homosexual an

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    A free people must have both security and liberty They are warring forces yet we cannot have one without the other When Will

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    J Edgar Hoover is the main character in this book at least for the first 23rds and if there was ever any uestion that Hoover

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    Why is it so hard for the United States to have an effective intelligence service and achieve a reasonable balance between individual rights and national security? Weiner’s history of the FBI had me asking that uestion and the likely answers were not comforting Ever since 1917 when the Red Threat arose and J Edgar Hoover joined what would become the FBI abuse of power and confusion have been the hallmarks of the FBI Ho

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    Reading this book i realized a couple things i didn't know before One that J Edgar Hoover was probably the most powerful man in American history

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    If you liked Legacy of Ashes you'll like Enemies The converse also applies; Weiner retains the fast paced journalistic style of Legacy tantalising links are left hanging and background is left as exercise for the readerLike his biography of the Agency this effort starts to fade as it heads closer to the present deprived of declassified documents and on the record testimony it starts to read as a recap of rec

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    An informative disturbing book on the history of the FBI which at its worst moments has functioned as something like the United States version of the Stasi As the book describes for the first half century after

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    Dryly factual Five stars for the overwhelmingly interesting facts one star for the dry writing style which rarely goes into sufficient detail in its rush to recount large events often taking up large swaths of time Of course the detai

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    What a fascinating book I was really disturbed at how much intelligence was floating around before the 911 attacks Even as far back as the mid 1990s I have a lot greater respect for director Robert Mueller Mueller was essentially thrown into the position after battling an aggressive cancer right as the 911 attacks happened His resolve to maintain a bureau of integrity and legality is uite impressive Knowing what Mueller is up to t

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