CBS Evening News for Thursday, Apr 13, 1978
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(Studio) Chgs. of illegal activities by FBI at present, made by New York City Bureau chief J. Wallace Laprade, noted. Attorney General Bell's planned disciplinary action against Laprade and other agents for past illegal activities mentioned.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(NYC) Laprade's New York City news conference to defense self against chgs. of illegal activities during surveillance of Weather Underground described. [LAPRADE - invites Attorney General Bell to ntly. televised debate on warrantless investigations Bell has approved. Cites discovery of PLO bombs in front of Israeli bldgs. in New York City in 1973, with information gotten from warrantless sources, as example States that PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) and Weathermen were in collusion in early 1970's.] Other comments by Laprade outlined. [LAPRADE - claims FBI now conducts warrantless investigations with approval of Bell and President Carter's authorization.] Laprade's indications that political efforts to take over FBI have occurred in both Ford and Carter admins., something he says couldn't have occurred under J. Edgar Hoover's directorship, reported [LAPRADE - says investigative agency must be independent from pols.]
REPORTER: David Culhane
(DC) Statements of reaction to Laprade's chgs. by Bell and Justice Department officials reported.
REPORTER: Fred Graham
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