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August 21, 2013 |
They were great antagonists of the Cold War, the avowedly Red-hating American president and the world's most powerful Communist. Yet when Richard Nixon hosted Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev for a summit in June 1973, their private exchanges had the casual, meandering comity of old friends. Meeting his Russian counterpart privately in the Oval Office, with only a translator accompanying them, Nixon said the world's safety hinged on their mutual trust. “Mr. Brezhnev and I have the key, and I think that our personal relationship will unlock the door,” Nixon said.
August 1, 1987 |
A federal judge ordered the government Friday to expunge records of an illegal wiretap the Nixon Administration placed on the home telephone of a New York Times reporter. U.S. District Judge John Lewis Smith ordered the government to give Hedrick Smith the wiretap logs of 138 conversations that were monitored over 89 days in 1969.
October 31, 2012 |
Civil libertarians are upbeat after an argument in the Supreme Court this week over whether lawyers, activists and academics can challenge the constitutionality of a law authorizing the wiretapping of potential terrorists abroad -- who may be conversing or swapping emails with Americans. The plaintiffs, who carry on confidential conversations with foreign clients and sources, say the law chills them in the exercise of their rights. As is often the case, the civil liberties groups are pinning their hopes on Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, who has voted with liberals on the court in previous cases arising from the war on terrorism. Kennedy seemed receptive to the plaintiffs' argument that they have standing to sue because they fear that their confidential conversations with sources and clients are being monitored. “I think the lawyer would engage in malpractice if he talked on the telephone with some of these clients, given this statute,” Kennedy told Solicitor General Donald Verrilli.
August 30, 2009 |
Ecuador's president is threatening to close a major television channel after it aired a tape of a conversation between him and a member of the assembly that drafted a new constitution last year. President Rafael Correa said that Teleamazonas violated regulations against taping private conversations. He warned that spying on the president "is a crime against state security." The combative leftist leader has been at odds with news media since taking office in January 2007. Teleamazonas has been cited three times for broadcast violations and risks suspension if cited again.
March 8, 1995 |
A man was convicted Tuesday of illegally bugging his 14-year-old girlfriend's bedroom so he could make sure she didn't talk about their sexual relationship. Dennis Roy Layton, 25, was convicted of violating federal eavesdropping law. No sentencing date was set. He also faces state charges of having sex with a minor. Layton's uncanny knowledge of the girl's conversations made her and her parents suspicious enough to pull apart a clock radio he had given her. They found a microphone inside.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 2009 |
A spokesman for Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown faces disciplinary action for surreptitiously recording telephone interviews with reporters, Brown's office announced Friday. Scott Gerber, Brown's communications officer, was placed on administrative leave after the San Francisco Chronicle reported that he had taped a reporter's telephone interview with him and two others without informing her. "Mr. Gerber's recording of certain telephone conversations was done without Atty. Gen. Brown's knowledge and in direct violation of explicit directions regarding office policy," the office said in a statement to the media.
April 19, 2013
Re "Death Cafe: Passing thoughts," Column One, April 15 Too often I sit in a hospital room with a comatose congregant surrounded by adult children locked in battle over what mom or dad really wanted. Sometimes the one most committed to heroic intervention is the child with the most unresolved issues. Not a good moment to act out this family drama. Too often the funeral comes with the adult child unclear about cremation or burial. Too often I see families destroyed because wills were not discussed openly in advance of death and one of the adult children is devastated by a perceived or real injustice.
January 8, 1989
Bob Sipchen's "The Falsetto Novelists" (Dec. 29) described the efforts of four noted male novelists to write from the feminine point of view. I feel such works are impossible to do with a high degree of accuracy or believability. One of my literature professors once pointed out that Jane Austen was the only consistently honest novelist he had discovered. Her books contain scenes with women characters only, and scenes with men and women, but she never attempted to contrive conversations between men only.