Is It Safe to Use the Phone?

The Administration seeks to cut off an intelligence drain

The tapping of telephone conversations has long been recognized as a security threat, and the rise in microwave and satellite transmission of conversations has made electronic eavesdropping easier than ever. Yet even though all Presidents since Franklin Roosevelt have conducted much of their business over secure, or scrambled, phone lines, the U.S. has been bewilderingly slow in dealing with another potentially enormous security problem: most Government and business officials daily discuss sensitive matters over ordinary, unsecured equipment.

As new technology has increasingly enabled global adversaries...

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