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The different forces, however, which are doing secret service work, or investigation of different kinds are not the parts of the government which it would seem wise to me to consolidate. There have grown up under various forms of government in different parts of the world, secret investigation branches under one head, and they times have practically superseded all the other arms of the government and have spread terror among the population. It seems to me that it is better for us to have these necessary forces divided up under different department heads. There may be a certain amount of rivalry but that will do no harm, and if the heads have the proper spirit of cooperation the men themselves will understand that when they need to assist each other, they should do so in the interests of law and order and justice which they are all serving. As long as they remain separate there will, however, be no danger of a secret octopus growing up to control in harmful ways.

 
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There had been a proposal to consolidate the secret service and the FBI into a single organization. What is fascinating, over and above her very sophisticated reasoning, is that fact that the First Lady not only takes a position but writes about it in her daily newspaper column, but she did this while the Congress and her husband the President were weighing the issue. This is another example of Mrs. Roosevelt’s unique role in American politics. To many feminists, they find the fact that the President could and would function with his wife making all these public, independent and uncoordinated judgment, almost unique in political history. He was an admirable role model of a relationship with a wife from a gender equality point of view.
Citations

Eleanor Roosevelt, 1884-1962, First Lady (Franklin Delano Roosevelt), U. S. Delegate to the United Nations, Column, My Day, July 16,1937

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Eleanor Roosevelt
Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Born: October 11, 1884
  • Died: November 7, 1962
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: First Lady

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was an American political figure, diplomat and activist. She served as the First Lady of the United States from March 1933 to April 1945 during her husband President Franklin D. Roosevelt's four terms in office, making her the longest serving First Lady of the United States. Roosevelt served as United States Delegate to the United Nations General Assembly from 1945 to 1952. President Harry S. Truman later called her the "First Lady of the World" in tribute to her human rights achievements.

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