NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Sep 07, 1977
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(Studio) Report to follow is 2nd of 2 with regard to waterfront mob.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(No location given) (Scenes from movie, "On the Waterfront", starring MarIon Brando, shown.) Report on present problem of involvement of organized crime with International Longshoremen's Assn. and shipping industry [MAN - cites case of shipping executive hiring him to kill president of Bank of Honduras.] Man was police employee and turned executive in; after conviction, executive began talking about how mob runs docks in US. Details with regard to FBI informant and agents witnessing extortion payments from some of cntry.'s biggest shipping companies to mob figs. noted. FBI organized Operation Unirac, which government says is biggest move ever against union racketeering. Operation centered in Miami and undercover FBI agents went to every major port from New Orleans to NYC gathering evidence, which began to be presented to grand juries in Miami and New York City 7 mos. ago. Details of investigation by government noted. Has been learned there will soon be indictments against number of shipping company execs., union officers and mob figs. Some companies have now begun to disclose illegal payments in documents filed with SEC. Exs. of payments by United State Lines, Incorporated and Sea-Land Service, subsidiary of R. J. Reynolds Inds., cited. [New Orleans crime commission member Aaron KONN - quotes statement that there's no morality in board room; cites reasons shipping company execs. will deal with corrupt union officers and organized crime figs.] Details of other FBI findings cited; consumer pays price for companies involvement in these activities.
REPORTER: Brian Ross