CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 18, 1984
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(Studio) No. cordless telephones in United States considered.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer
(Haddonfield, New Jersey) Ease of tapping into conversations on cordless phones due to radio waves used by telephone owners explained, demonstrated. [John SULLIVAN - describes conversations he's heard.] [Neighbor Carey O'DONNELL - was disconcerted over Sullivan's warning about lack of privacy.] Conversations on cordless phones noted received by both normal radios and short wave radios. [Dean, Scott COOLEY and their MOTHER - demonstrate.] Incident in Kansas involving legality of conversation on cordless telephone recorded with normal FM radio by Kansas bureau of investigation informant noted; defs. Tim and Rose Marie Howard's legal argument against conviction based on that conversation outlined. [Tim HOWARD - feels electronic surveillance has gone too far.] Legal precedent set by Kansas case explained. [Reno county prosecutor David Rick ROBERTS - feels cordless phones use public domain.] Similar case said before court in Rhode Island; Federal Communications Commission recalled ordering cordless telephone mfrs. to include warning about user's lack of privacy with sets. [Dynascan Corporation spokesperson Carl KORN - reads company's warning label.] [SULLIVAN - recalls descriptions of him by friends he's warned; Richard Nixon and Watergate mentioned.] [Neighbor Katie O'DONNELL - would be embarrassed if Sullivan related her conversations to anyone.]
REPORTER: Chris Kelley