NBC Evening News for Friday, Mar 21, 1975
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(Studio) For 20 years, CIA and Postal Service cooperated in effort to open Americans' mail written to persons in Communist cntrys. Charges made in secret House subcommittee testimony by William Cotter, postal inspector.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw
(DC) CIA worked out of Kennedy airport without court approval. Cotter testifies every President since 1953 rptdly. aware of operation. Cotter says operation began under Eisenhower's Postmaster General Arthur Summerfield; successive Postmaster Gens., J. Edward Day, Wenton Blunt knew of operation. Cotter claims he asked CIA head Richard Helms to stop operation in 1971. [Former CIA agent Dr. Melvin CRAIN - admits heading operation, but believes it was illegal, unconst., immoral.] CIA says it stopped opening mail in 1972.
REPORTER: Ford Rowan
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