The FBI in Our Open Society Author:Harry Overstreet, Bonaro Overstreet We live in an age of swiftly multiplying federal laws. This makes imperative a new measure of citizen interest in how such laws are enforced. In this book, the Overstreets appraise the structure and performance of the agency chiefly responsible for their enforcement: the FBI. — Part I, Introdiction to Complexity, tells how the Bureau of Investiga... more »tion was created in 1908 and introduces us both to the problem of setting standards for such a federal body and to certain dangers that can be posed to our free society if it gets our of bounds.
Part II, Men at Work, tells how the modern FBI operates. It explores both the means by which the Bureau's activities are kept within limits and those that make it a highly effective instrument for the investigation of "crime against the U.S."
Part III, This Controversial Bureau, notes that if "the feelings of any vocal section of the public run high with regard to the passage of any law they tend to run even higher with regard to enforcement," so that, in ixtraordinary measures, "the dedicated attempts, angry cross-purposes, and passionate partianships of our age are mirrored in what people have said about the FBI." Here, the Overstreets cope with the question of how we can evaluate what we read and hear.
Part IV, Unfinished Business, takes up, as esamples of law inforcement, problems that are both imperative and singularly comples, those that relate to the guaranteeing of civil rights, and those that stem from the operating among us of the forces of organized crime.« less
This book is copyright 1969 and is now of more historical than contemporary interest. It is well written technically, but a clear bias comes through the narrative.
Still, as a reflection of the Bureau's relationship with the country thirty years ago, it is interesting if that is your bent.