J. Edgar Hoover was a patriot who believed the ends justified the means. He wanted to protect his nation from all enemies, foreign AND domestic and among some of his other mental peculiarities, used illegal and controversial techniques to protect the USA.He was not a monster. He was a man who had created an agency to fight mobsters, nazis, communists, and corrupt politicians.Hitler was a monster. Stalin was a monster. Saddam Hussein and Assad of Syria – monsters.Hoover was an overzealous public official.But Michael is right, as he often is…. Hoover would have LOVED access to the kind of metadata that the NSA is storing. How he used it would have defined if he was a monster or not.Respectfully,C.