The Nation: Curbing It Without Killing it

The freewheeling days of J. Edgar Hoover are over. Now Congress and the Executive branch must find ways to limit the FBI's activities and prevent future abuses of its vast powers. Last week several experts gave their recommendations to Democrat Frank Church's Senate Intelligence Committee. The proposals fell into four categories:

A LEGISLATIVE CHARTER. Both critics and supporters of the FBI agreed that Congress should enact legislation spelling out what the FBI can and cannot do, particularly in the area of keeping watch on violence-prone dissidents and potential subversives. Said FBI Director Clarence...

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