So Nixon’s “imperial presidency” didn’t die when he took that last flight to San Clemente.
Ford’s Chief of Staff, Dick Cheney, must have been delighted (and surely helped Ford
come to that decision).
Jerry Ford OKed Warrantless Wiretaps in U.S., Memo Reveals
BY ANDREW BECKER
President Gerald Ford secretly authorized the use of warrantless domestic wiretaps for foreign intelligence and counterintelligence purposes soon after coming into office, according to a declassified document.
The Dec. 19, 1974 White House memorandum, marked Top Secret/Exclusively Eyes Only and signed by Ford, gave then-Attorney General William B. Saxbe and his successors in office authorization “to approve, without prior judicial warrants, specific electronic surveillance within the United States which may be requested by the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.”