The Philippines Please Speak into the Microphone

Marcos' bizarre plans for insurrection are uncovered

As he spoke with an American businessman last May about his wish to buy weapons for a planned invasion of the Philippines, former President Ferdinand Marcos warned the man against using the telephone. The phones, said Marcos, could be tapped and used to record their conversation. The warning was ironic. Even as he spoke with Marcos, the businessman, Electronics Executive Robert Chastain, was secretly taping their every word with a special voice-activated recorder built into his burgundy-colored briefcase.

That briefcase was on display last week when Chastain told the U.S. House Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Affairs how he had posed...

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