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CBS Evening News for Sunday, May 09, 1976
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(Studio) Senate Intelligence Committee releases report on FBI spying on Congress and foreign officials.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(DC) FBI wiretapping and bugging began at start of century. Justice Department and courts laid down restrictions until President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered practice started again. Attorney General Tom C. Clark got President Harry S. Truman to extend limits of FDR's wiretapping. FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover extended use of taps and bugging. At height of Vietnam war, Hoover tapped foreign embassies to provide President Lyndon B. Johnson with information of Senator-Congress and for. embassy contacts. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy okayed taps on 2 reporters, administration official and ex-FBI agent to stop news leaks. Attorney General John Mitchell had columnist James Kraft bugged. 17 others in news media and government bugged. Navy yeoman and 5 assocs. tapped in National Security Council investigation.
REPORTER: Fred Graham

Graham, Fred;
Schieffer, Bob

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