Hoover And The "Disloyalists"
In 1950, less than two weeks after the start of the Korean War, Hoover decided it was time to act against 12,000 Americans he had placed on a list of "dis-loyalists." He wrote a memo to President Truman asking to "apprehend all individuals potentially dangerous [to] protect the country against treason, espionage and sabotage." He also asked that the writ of Habeas Corpus be suspended — in other words, to suspend the Constitution. Thankfully Truman denied Hoover's request and the integrity of our Constitution was upheld