Wiretapping and Bugging

Archive Report

Laws and Decisions on Eavesdropping

Disclosure of widespread telephone tapping and electronic eavesdropping by federal investigators has placed a number of government prosecutions in jeopardy, including several politically sensitive cases. Admission by the Department of Justice that federal agents had obtained evidence by using practices frowned upon by the courts also has brought about a serious drive in Congress to clear up the legal ambiguities now surrounding wiretapping and bugging. Hearings opened March 16 in the House and March 20 in the Senate on an administration-supported measure which would outlaw all wiretapping and eavesdropping, public or private, except when the security of the nation is involved.

But a number of police officials around the nation are worried that the measure would interfere with their operations, particularly ...

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