Martin Luther King Jr. was a target of J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI. Hoover thought him to be a threat to the nation, a belief that was rooted in his fear that the civil rights movement was part of a Communist strategy. MLK became the focus of Hoover’s well-known tactics to root out any ugly gossip or truths in order to use it against him and to discredit him within the government circles.
Hoover stopped at nothing and became more aggressive the more popular that MLK became. According to David Corn of Mother Jones,
The August 1963 march, which captured the imagination of many Americans, further unhinged Hoover and his senior aides. The day after the speech, William Sullivan, a top Hoover aide, noted in a memo, “In the light of King’s powerful demagogic speech…We must mark him now, if we have not done so before, as the most dangerous Negro of the future in this Nation from the standpoint of communism, the Negro, and national security.”
We now are facing another time, when the current FBI Director James Comey has interfered with our elections and deliberately kept intelligence about foreign hacking into our elections a secret from the American people and from our representatives. The threat of an agency gone amuck is real. History tells an ugly tale that we should not forget.