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Electronic Surveillance / Federal Agencies #484526

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Aug 26, 1975
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(Studio) No. of federal agencies using more electronic surveillance equipment than ever before. Reporter received information under Freedom of Info. Act.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(DC) Pentagon incrd. its capacity to eavesdrop 30% in 1974. Pentagon has 811 devices. Devices supposedly used for tracking down drug abuse and crime in armed forces. Drug Enforcement Admin. (DEA) has 1,462 eavesdropping devices. Secret Service has 708. Customs Service has 573. IRS has 418. Postal Inspectors have 113. Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Bureau has 98. Agencies supposed to report stkpiles. each year to Attorney General FBI never complied. They may have 10,000 devices. In 1968, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover declined to say how many devices FBI had.
REPORTER: Carl Stern

Reporter(s):
Brokaw, Tom;
Stern, Carl
Duration:
00:01:50

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