J. Edgar Hoover

The Man of Secrets

J. Edgar Hoover backed America and was willing to do whatever it took to make sure he (and the USA) came out on top. He started out as a young lawyer with an interest in the famed postal inspector Anthony Comstock, a crusader against pornography and birth control information. It was an early sign of the tendencies that would mark his professional life before the radical change brought on by dark energy.

Long before Amanda Sykes was even born, however, Hoover was a man of power and influence. He served with the Justice Department in the Great War, quickly becoming head of the Enemy Aliens Registration Section. From there he went on to helm the General Intelligence Division of the Justice Department in 1919. This was a time of anarchist bombings in the US, along with the Communist revolution in Russia, and the notion of the nation being sundered from within by subversives was all too plausible to Hoover and many of his fellows in the Justice Department. This led to the notorious Palmer Raids, in which at least 10,000 people were rounded up (often violently). The methods used to gather information before and during the raids were condemned as illegal and unethical, including unauthorized wiretaps, entrapment and possibly torture.

While blowback from the raids destroyed Palmer’s career, continued anarchist bombings (including the September 16 Wall Street bombing that killed 38) kept the tide of public opinion from sweeping Hoover out as well. He became deputy head of the Bureau of Investigation (the FBI’s precursor) in 1921 and director in 1924.

In the 1930s, the thorn in Hoover’s side was John Dillanger and, with him, the folk-hero status of snazzy robbers that people actually preferred to the banks. Hoover was incensed at their evasion and took their sneers as a personal affront. Yet when Melvin Purvis’ Chicago team killed Dillanger outside the Biograph Theater, Hoover took the credit and had Purvis transferred to a hardship post where he wouldn’t compete with Hoover’s publicity.

1935 saw his organization renamed the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Hoover’s drive for information control led him to found the FBI Crime Lab and compile a central fingerprint file. (His obsession for control also led him to fire agents he felt “looked stupid.”)

From the very beginning, the FBI placed itself in opposition to those Hoover deemed ‘un-American.’ He had a list of 12,000 American citizens that he proposed to lock up in suspension of Habeas Corpus at the start of the Korean War, but Truman refused to go along with it. By 1956, this paranoia had given birth to COINTELPRO, a secret program intended to structurally disembowel organizations that Hoover thought were enemies of the state. These included: The Ku Klux Klan, the American Communist Party, the Black Panthers, the American Nazi Party and Martin Luther King Jr’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

He was also, by that time, amassing blackmail material on many political figures as a form of career insurance. It worked. Truman, Kennedy and Johnson all considered dismissing Hoover from the FBI but were ultimately scared of the damage he could do.
In 1968 Johnson didn’t tell him a damn thing about Amanda Sykes (p. 159) but that didn’t stop Hoover from trying to worm answers out of the President. He was so pushy that Johnson had to draw on parahuman means to dissuade him. Unwittingly, President Johnson thereby set Hoover on a radically different path.

In March of 1968, frustrated by February’s ongoing civil rights demonstrations in the Carolinas, Hoover found himself desperately wishing he knew what was in the Reverend King’s mind. Then suddenly, he did.

But it was more than that. Hoover didn’t just understand King, he became King. For about twenty minutes, Hoover physically and mentally transformed into a replica of Martin Luther King Jr. He thought King’s thoughts and felt King’s feelings.

When he returned to himself, Hoover was shocked and overwhelmed, but he certainly had a great deal of new insight into the civil rights movement. Eager to test out his power, he sought the minds and persons of people on his Ten Most Wanted list— Howard March, Judith Weissman and James Closterman. But when he reached the cesspit mind of Tyler Ford, he learned there were some things he was unready to know, no matter how desperately he wanted to.

Lineage: Amanda Sykes - Lyndon Johnson
Power Level: Tier Three
Offspring: James Closterman, Tyler Ford, Abbie Hoffman, Martin Luther King Jr., Howard March, Judith Weissman, and two others.

Personality: Self-righteous, paranoid and obsessed with control. Particularly with information as a means to control. Hoover’s a genuine patriot, but one whose ideal of America is dangerously narrow. He has no tolerance for dissent but does possess the means and vindictiveness to make his intolerance incredibly dangerous. Curious and fascinated by his enemies, Hoover is driven by a need to know.

Values: The Stability and Security of the USA, Control, Protect Clyde Tolson

Known Powers

  • Hoover has the ability to Scan Other from a distance, which he uses to assess threats.
  • He can also use this ability to Adjust Towards Another's Appearance and Be Other in order to get inside his enemy's mind and life.
  • Once he has taken their appearance, Hoover can use Skill Use like his target and even use Power Clone to copy their Dark Energy abilities.
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