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PostSubject: J. Edgar Hoover, who hated civil-rights leader Martin Luther King   Sun Aug 21, 2011 10:43 am

J. Edgar Hoover, who hated civil-rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. and viewed him as an upstart troublemaker,[176] presented the Kennedy Administration with allegations that some of King's close confidants and advisers were communists. Concerned that the allegations, if made public, would derail the Administration's civil rights initiatives, Robert Kennedy and the president both warned King to discontinue the suspect associations. After the associations continued, Robert Kennedy felt compelled to issue a written directive authorizing the FBI to wiretap King and other leaders of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, King's civil rights organization.[177] Although Kennedy only gave written approval for limited wiretapping of King's phones "on a trial basis, for a month or so",[178] Hoover extended the clearance so his men were "unshackled" to look for evidence in any areas of Kin

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