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Director Hoover Speaks on Crime and Communism

Dec. 7, 1961 - J. Edgar Hoover, director of the F.B.I., received today a gold medal and $10,000 awarded by an insurance company for contributions to the national health or safety. Mr. Hoover was cited by Mutual of Omaha for “outstanding contribution to the personal security and safety of the American public.” The award was presented at a dinner in Washington’s Mayflower Hotel by Dr. Charles W. Mayo of the Mayo Clinic, chairman of the award judges. In accepting the prize, Mr. Hoover warned against the country’s “deadly enemies” in “our criminal and subversive underworlds.” He noted that the crime rate was nearly doubled in the U.S. in the last decade. “The law-abiding citizen is entitled to more consideration on the part of our courts,” Mr. Hoover said. He called for stiffer sentences. Mr. Hoover also warned against the menace of communism abroad and internally. “We are at war with the Communists,” he said, “and the sooner every red-blooded American realizes this the safer we will be.”


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