National Geographic : 1961 Jun
NUMBER ONE ByJACOB HAY Illustrations by National GeographicphotographerROBERT F. SISSON York subway. Or, on an undercover job, an agent might be mixing sodas in a neighbor hood drugstore. From its Washington headquarters, the Federal Bureau of Investigation directs a network of 55 widely scattered field offices and hundreds of resident agencies. As Direc tor J. Edgar Hoover pointed out to me recent ly, this deployment of strength enables the Bureau to place an agent at the scene of a Federal crime anywhere in the Nation within an average of one hour or less. By special request of President Kennedy, Mr. Hoover now serves as Director under his sixth Chief Executive and 13th Attorney General. When I first listened to his staccato speech and sensed the penetrating power of his eyes, I was glad I had nothing more than an occasional parking ticket on my record. "I hear you run a taut ship," I said, and HS EKTACHROMEBY NATIONAL GEOGRAPHICPHOTOGRAPHERSROBERTF. SISSON AND JOHN E. FLETCHER© N.G.S.