1971 February 24

Christopher Pyle Delivers 76-Page Report on Military Spying on Americans


Retired Army Captain Christopher H. Pyle had exposed military spying on American political groups in a magazine article on January 15, 1970. Pyle himself had been an Army intelligence officer and was knowledgeable about the army spying program. On the basis of his revelations, Senator Sam Ervin of North Carolina undertook the first Congressional investigation of the spying by the Senate Subcommittee on Constitutional Rights, which he chaired. As part of that investigation, Pyle on this day delivered a 76-page report to the Senate on military spying.

Learn more; read: Christopher Pyle, Military Surveillance of Civilian Politics, 1967–1970 (1986)

Watch Pyle discuss military spying: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0d5OBnmxw4

Read the Senate Church Committee report on spying on Americans pp. 785-834)http://www.aarclibrary.org/publib/contents/church/contents_church_reports_book3.htm

Learn about the early history of military spying on Americans:  Joan Jensen, Army Surveillance in America, 1775–1980 (1991)

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