Armed Forces: Spying on Civilians


Anything smacking of secret police tactics has always been highly suspect in the U.S. The Central Intelligence Agency is specifically barred from domestic spying. The FBI operates under tight civilian and judicial controls. Pentagon intelligence and security operations within the country are supposed to be limited to matters of direct military concern, such as counterespionage, protection against sabotage and investigation of personnel. Thus the shock when it became known recently that Army Intelligence had got into the business of monitoring the political and social protest activities of civilians.

From its own field work and that of other Government agencies, the...

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