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J. Edgar Hoover Disassociates F.b.i. from St. Louis Identification System

In a letter to Rep. Jacob K. Javits of New York, F.B.I. director J. Edgar Hoover today stated that the Federal Bureau of Investigation does not approve the discriminatory feature of the new St. Louis police identification system. Mr. Hoover said, “The F.B.I. did not recommend, endorse, or approve the form in question.

“We do not use the word ‘Jew’ or ‘Jewish’ in describing the race or nationality of criminals in connection with the issuance of our identification orders furnishing details on individuals wanted by the F.B.I. Several years ago the F.B.I. adopted the rule of prohibiting the use of words descriptive of religion to describe a race or nationality.”