Technology: Everybody's Got the Bug

After Viet Nam and taxes, the hottest subject in Washington last week was bugs — the electronic, not the crawling variety. Concerned about convictions that may have been obtained with evidence illegally gathered by electronic eavesdropping, the Justice Department was reviewing all federal cases in which bugging might have been used. Lawyers argued that evidence against former Senate Aide Bobby Baker had been gathered by electronic devices; officials admitted that the FBI has been bugging the Dominican embassy since the 1950s; the Supreme Court agreed to rule on the constitutionality of...

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