The Nation: Surveillance Sale

In the wake of détente, American businessmen have discovered that the Soviet Union is a promising market for everything from soft drinks to heavy machinery. But now a more sensitive line of goods is about to go on sale in Moscow. The Soviet Chamber of Commerce has invited several U.S. companies to put on display at an exhibit of modern crime technology such wondrous electronic devices as an $8,700 spectrograph > (voiceprint identification machine), a $3,695 psychological-stress evaluator, which serves as a lie detector or interrogation aid, and an as yet unmarketed "fraudproof...

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