J. Edgar Hoover speaks to Senate Crime Committee about gambling problem in USA.
Unissued / unused material.
Senate crime investigation committee, Washington DC, United States of America (USA).
General view of committee in session. CU Attorney-General J. Howard McGrath. LS public gallery. LS J. Edgar Hoover (Chief of FBI) taking the oath in courtroom. LS Hoover speaking (natural sound).
"The gambling problem must be viewed as a phase of the entire crime picture. Organised gambling is a vicious evil, it corrupts our youth and blights the lives of our adults, becomes a springboard of other crimes of embezzlement, robbery and even murder. But, like any other type of crime it can be controlled. If the laws against gambling were ultimately on the state and local statute books and were earnestly and vigorously enforced, organised gambling could be eliminated in forty eight hours from any community in this land. No criminal, the gambler and his allies included, can long stand up against a determined, intelligent and informed public opinion. We can never have a fine free America, until all who stand for law and order are united and determined can stand up to be counted to mobilise against those who constitute an army of lawlessness. Only a return to the fundamentals on which the Nation was founded, the moral reawakening, a vitalised spirit and a rededication of service to our fellow men will make this a reality. I thank you".
Date on dope sheet is August 1951.