1966 May 20

“The Big Snoop:” Life Magazine Cover Story Exposes Government Spying


A Life magazine cover story, “The Big Snoop,” exposed intrusive surveillance by federal agencies, including the IRS and the Post Office. The story was based on the hearings by Missouri Senator Edward V. Long and reflected growing public concern about privacy and the dangers of government snooping (see April 8, 1965).

The full story of spying and other abuses by the federal intelligence agencies was not known until the post-Watergate investigations by the Senate Church Committee (created on January 27, 1975) and the House Pike Committee (created on February 19, 1975).

Read: Edward V. Long, The Intruders: The Invasion of Privacy by Government and Industry (1967)

Read the Life magazine article: http://books.google.com/books?id=LlYEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA38&dq=spying&hl=en&sa=X&ei=UAmyUeW3FcTA0AGFxYD4Aw&ved=0CFgQ6AEwBw%20-%20v=onepage&q=spying&f=false#v=onepage&q&f=false

Learn more at the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse: https://www.privacyrights.org/

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