Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Friday, July 8, 2011 8:23 pm

Burn in hell, J. Edgar Hoover

Filed under: Evil,Sad — Lex @ 8:23 pm
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Turns out that the “paranoia” believed to have been partially responsible for Ernest Hemingway’s suicide wasn’t paranoia after all, only perception:

In November [1960] I went out West for our annual pheasant shoot and realized how wrong I was. When Ernest and our friend Duke MacMullen met my train at Shoshone, Idaho, for the drive to Ketchum, we did not stop at the bar opposite the station as we usually did because Ernest was anxious to get on the road. I asked why the hurry.

“The feds.”

“What?”

“They tailed us all the way. Ask Duke.”

“Well … there was a car back of us out of Hailey.”

“Why are F.B.I. agents pursuing you?” I asked.

“It’s the worst hell. The goddamnedest hell. They’ve bugged everything. That’s why we’re using Duke’s car. Mine’s bugged. Everything’s bugged. Can’t use the phone. Mail intercepted.”

We rode for miles in silence. As we turned into Ketchum, Ernest said quietly: “Duke, pull over. Cut your lights.” He peered across the street at a bank. Two men were working inside. “What is it?” I asked.

“Auditors. The F.B.I.’s got them going over my account.”

“But how do you know?”

“Why would two auditors be working in the middle of the night? Of course it’s my account.” …

On Nov. 30 he was registered under an assumed name in the psychiatric section of St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn., where, during December, he was given 11 electric shock treatments.

In January he called me from outside his room. He sounded in control, but his voice held a heartiness that didn’t belong there and his delusions had not changed or diminished. His room was bugged, and the phone was tapped. He suspected that one of the interns was a fed.

During a short release he twice attempted suicide with a gun from the vestibule rack. And on a flight to the Mayo Clinic, though heavily sedated, he tried to jump from the plane. When it stopped in Casper, Wyo., for repairs, he tried to walk into the moving propeller.

I visited him in June. He had been given a new series of shock treatments, but it was as before: the car bugged, his room bugged. …

Decades later, in response to a Freedom of Information petition, the F.B.I. released its Hemingway file. It revealed that beginning in the 1940s J. Edgar Hoover had placed Ernest under surveillance because he was suspicious of Ernest’s activities in Cuba. Over the following years, agents filed reports on him and tapped his phones. The surveillance continued all through his confinement at St. Mary’s Hospital. It is likely that the phone outside his room was tapped after all.

Thanks a lot, Hoover, you psychotic, sociopathic hypocrite.

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Thursday, May 27, 2010 9:41 pm

Well, of COURSE he was

Filed under: Evil — Lex @ 9:41 pm
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Would it be irresponsible to speculate as to whether Jesse Helms and J. Edgar Hoover were lovers (not that there’s anything wrong with that)? It would be irresponsible not to:

Newly released FBI files say Jesse Helms was a “contact” for the FBI, willing to offer to the law enforcement agency the facilities of TV station WRAL, where he was a broadcast executive until the early 1970s.

Helms “is most cooperative and has offered the facilities of his station to assist the FBI at any time,” according to an FBI memo from 1971. “He is a great admirer of the Director (J. Edgar Hoover) and the FBI and for a long period of time has been a staunch defender of the Director and his policies.”

Helms, a five-term U.S. senator and one of the iconic figures of American conservatism, died on July 4, 2008. His death triggered the release of the FBI files …

Jesse Helms was a paranoid sociopath who spent a lifetime fostering divisions between blacks and poor whites who otherwise might well have made common cause against the wealthy and powerful who controlled the society in which he came of age. Once he got elected to the Senate, he exported his own brand of oppression to other countries. He died with a lot of innocent people’s blood on his hands and the singular distinction of having done more to hamper good race relations in this state than anyone else in the second half of the 20th century. Among those who have done the most over the years to give the GOP a bad name, he’s up there with Joe McCarthy and Richard Nixon.

Yo, Texas: Put that in your damn textbooks.

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