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Intelligence Report / Domestic Spying #43038

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 28, 1976
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(Studio) Senate Intelligence Committee publishes report on domestic activities of intelligence agencies.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) Illegal domestic spying began 40 years ago and went unchecked until Watergate scandal. Illegalities include: mail opened, telegrams checked, intelligence files opened by Army and IRS (Internal Revenue Service) tax Probes due to political beliefs. Every President from Roosevelt to Nixon permitted and sometimes encouraged government agencies to gather political data. FBI, CIA, NSA and Army intelligence exceeded their authority with illegal wiretaps, breaking and entering and ignoring citizens' rights. The rationale was "ntl. security." Committee makes 96 recommendations to limit agencies' activities. [Subcommittee chairperson Senator Walter MONDALE - cites lack of oversight.] [Vice-chairperson committee , Senator Howard BAKER - says must set up oversight committee ] [Senator Richard SCHWEIKER - says oversight committee is necessary 1st step.]
REPORTER: Roger Peterson

(Studio) Senator Rules Committee okays 1 version of bill to set up oversight committee Bill diluted.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

Peterson, Roger;
Reasoner, Harry

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