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White House Bugging System / Legality #26748

ABC Evening News for Monday, Jul 16, 1973
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(Studio) White House bugging system could be illegal according to existing laws.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(DC) Committee cnsl. Sam Dash and Justice Department agree recording President' conversations legal as long as President knew. Authorization comes from Safe Street Act 1968. Says conversations may be recorded if 1 person in room aware of recorder. Federal Communications Commission received complaint that White House improperly recording telephone conversations. Telephone company requires telephone buzzer to indicate recording, but so far no such device installed. Watergate investigator Archibald Cox not aware of recordings in White House Cox and Senate Watergate committee after recordings. REPORTER: David Schoumacher

Smith, Howard K.

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