J. Edgar Hoover: Letter to Harry Truman’s Special Consultant, Sidney Souers

(1950)

Throughout his career as director of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover documented his concerns about Communism, subversion, and anti-American activities in the United States. These concerns are reflected in testimony he gave before the House Un-American Activities Committee as well as in reams of memoranda and letters he issued to the FBI’s deputy director, agents in charge of FBI field offices, and others. An overriding theme is how the nation and the FBI should respond to these threats, whether real or imagined. In July 1950, soon after the outbreak of the Korean War, Hoover wrote a Letter to Harry Truman’s Special Consultant, Sidney Souers, the former director of Central Intelligence who was working as a special consultant to President Harry Truman. In his letter, Hoover outlines a far-reaching plan for approaching the national emergency of a possible attack on the United States.

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