FBI celebrates centennial with Web site

In anticipation of its upcoming centennial in July, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has updated its Web site with pages devoted to its first 100 years of existence.

The Web site covers the 'Bureau of Investigation's' history since its inception during the Teddy Roosevelt presidency, and includes a section that details each of the bureau's directors through the years, including the 48-year run by J. Edgar Hoover from 1924 to 1972. The site also includes a 'Hall of Honor' dedicated to the FBI agents that have been killed in the line of duty, as well as a detailed history of the bureau's seal.

The history of FBI headquarters ' which President Nixon renamed the J. Edgar Hoover F.B.I. Building on May 4, 1972, two days after Hoover's death ' is described in detail with pictures from groundbreaking through its construction.

The June 12, 1962 'Escape from Alcatraz,' of three inmates is dissected with excellent pictures outlining the escapees plot to fool the guards. The Web page even provides contact information for the still-open-but-unsolved case, now handled by the U.S. Marshals Service.

Historic espionage cases such as that of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who sold nuclear secrets to the Soviet Union, are also documented, as well as the more recent espionage activities of Aldrich Ames and former FBI agent Robert Hanssen, whose case recently was the subject of the movie Breach.

About the Author

Dan Campbell is a freelance writer with Government Computer News and the president of Millennia Systems Inc.


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