Wires, Crossed and Tapped

February 1942
New Republic;2/9/42, Vol. 106 Issue 6, p203
Focuses on counter-espionage activities carried out by U.S. government official, J. Edgar Hoover prior to the bombing of the U.S. naval base, Pearl Harbor by Japan. Establishment of Roberts Commission headed by Supreme Court justice, Owen J. Roberts to investigate the matter of Pearl Harbor; Criticism of Federal Bureau of Investigation by Justice Roberts by pointing out that it was forbidden to use certain methods to intercept radio telephone messages between spies in Hawaii and their bosses in Tokyo; Support provided by Attorney General, Francis Biddle to FBI that it was all right for the FBI to tap wires so long as the evidence wasn't published or used in court; Censorship of radio telephone messages out of Hawaii.


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