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FBI Conference / Criticism #213559

CBS Evening News for Friday, Oct 29, 1971
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(Studio) Conf. on FBI opens. Yale law professor, Thomas Emerson, charges FBI operations infringe on Const. rights. FBI sends letter of defense to conference
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Princeton, New Jersey) Sponsors call conference scholarly effort to understand FBI. FBI Director, J. Edgar Hoover, feels many prejudged FBI. FBI criticized for excessive use of wiretaps and questionable use of informers. Ex-informant David Sannes tells of being instructed to organization radicals for purposes of bombing and arson. [SANNES - says agent Bert Carter said man who placed bomb to be killed by booby-trapped explosion; couldn't go along with it.] FBI denies report [Ex-Assistant Attorney General John DOAR - says federal government and FBI couldn't operate without informers in case of civil rights workers' murders in Mississippi.] Conf. to deal with FBI's failure in dealing with organized crime; dealing with civil rights laws, budget, and public relations activities. Hoover says no useful purpose served by his coming to the conference
REPORTER: Robert Schakne

Reporter(s):
Cronkite, Walter;
Schakne, Robert
Duration:
00:02:40

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