Is Prohibition in the US History?

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I went to look for the FBI and Prohibition on the Eliot Ness profile but FBI was not even a category for him... my goodness. I was not alive then and when I think FBI back-in-the-day he is the first thing I think of.  Can we add it or how do I find it?  Thank you
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Well, this is interesting, and straight from the FBI website: https://archives.fbi.gov/archives/news/stories/2007/january/ness010307.

"It's a question we get from time to time: was Eliot Ness of 'Untouchables' fame an FBI special agent?

"No, it's entirely a myth: Ness never served as one of our agents. But...he did work for Director J. Edgar Hoover for nearly six weeks. Confused? Here's the story--and its an interesting one, involving the bootlegging days of Prohibition...."

Yes, I see that the Agency that Ness was under was the Bureau of Prohibition...  not under the Federal Bureau of Investigation...but it was under the Federal Law Enforcement...

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ok, looked up Prohibition Agent in wikipedia again and now I see that they were NOT under the FBI but were "the Bureau of Prohibition, Federal Law Enforcement Agency.. 1st:  Internal Revenue,  then Dept Treasury, 1930 Dept of Justice..1933 it was absorbed into FBI and changed to Alcohol Beverage Unit...and the of course back to the Treasury..  So  it was just another one of those orphan kids  of the Federal Government....ok got it...
by Carole Taylor G2G6 Mach 4 (47.2k points)
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Gosh.. I looked for Prohibition in all the categories I could think of,  I got to Law Enforcement and SAW FBI and  Special Agents.. and saw no further up.  what would I do without you guys to take care of little ole me.  Thanks Natalie...ok  will fix him now....

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