NBC Evening News for Thursday, Mar 02, 1972
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(Studio) Trial of Reverend Philip Berrigan and 6 co-defendants continues. All 7 are charged with conspiracy to kidnap President aide Henry Kissinger, destroy draft records and blow up heatIng systems in Washington, DC government bldgs.
REPORTER: Garrick Utley
(Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) Secret correspondence between Reverend Berrigan and other defendants read into court record. Letters show Sister Elizabeth McAlister, Reverend Joseph Winderoth, Reverend Neil McLaughlin, Anthony and Mary Scoblick and Eqbal Ahmad wrote to Berrigan to call shots on draft board raids and other radical antiwar activity while he was in prison. FBI informer Boyd Douglas, who carried letters for Berrigan, sent photocopies of 20 letters to FBI.
REPORTER: Carl Stern Artist: Leo Hershfield
(Lewisburg, Pennsylvania) Douglas was a special prisoner at Lewisburg, permitted to spend day at Bucknell Univ. He had part time work at library with free access to photocopy machines. Rented off campus apt. and recruited coeds upstairs to help him become central figure in antiwar movement (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) Douglas says Berrigan told him to handle dynamite for destroying Washington, DC heating tunnels. Anthony Scohlick told him it had to be done so government would take Catholic left seriously.