Tall Tales from the Drug Wars

The Underground Empire: Where Crime and Governments Embrace

by James Mills
A story—perhaps apocryphal—goes that when J. Edgar Hoover was director of the FBI, his agents would tell him when they were hot on the trail of a fugitive. Certain that the capture was just a matter of time, Hoover would immediately place the fugitive—no matter how obscure or unimportant he …

On “Preventive Detention”

During the recent presidential campaign, “crime in the streets” emerged as a crucial political issue. All three major candidates vowed to make the nation’s capital—where the crime rate is particularly high and painfully visible—a model of safety for our other urban centers. Now President Nixon faces the task of transforming …