The Wiretap Scandal

Westin, Alan F.
June 1955
New Republic;6/20/55, Vol. 132 Issue 25, p13
The article focuses on legal issues related to wiretapping in the U.S. as of June 1955. After four months of hearings, a subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee will probably soon report on a measure to permit the interception of telephone communications in some cases and under some safeguards, while forbidding explicitly all other wiretapping. In 1928, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that wiretapping was not forbidden by the Constitution. After that decision, the questions of who should be allowed to intercept telephone calls, for what purpose, and under what procedures, became legislative rather than judicial concerns.


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