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FRIDAY

Today’s NSA is a dilettante of domestic spying compared with the American grand master, J. Edgar Hoover. From the time Hoover became director of the FBI in 1924 until he died in 1972, the bureau protected Americans against everyone from bank robber John Dillinger to adulterer Martin Luther King Jr. But the FBI wasn’t the only secretive society Hoover embraced—he was also a 33rd-degree Grand Cross Mason; in fact, the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry’s House of the Temple houses the J. Edgar Hoover Law Enforcement Museum. There are no death cars here; the exhibition features Hoover’s office, library, awards, and an assortment of Hollywood hagiography. Hearing of Hoover’s death, Richard Nixon is reported to have blurted, “Jesus Christ! That old cocksucker!” but a photo in the collection shows J. Edgar, 35 years earlier, sitting sweetly on a chintz couch, receiving his Shirley Temple Police Badge. The show is on view from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (see City List for other dates) at the House of the Temple Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, 1733 16th St. NW. Free. (202) 232-3579. (Janet Hopf)