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    In Washington on Thursday (15th October) President Nixon signed a new Crime Bill framed to increase the scope of the F.

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    GV Capitol Building

    SV Nixon speaking at conference before signing bill

    SV Nixon sits to sign bill at table, people applaud as he signs (4 shots)

    SV Nixon hands signed bill to official Nixon speaks

    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ 2: NIXON: "Last week we saw bombings in California. We saw one in Rochester... we saw one in addition in Cambridge Massachusets, and it seems that every day we pick up the papers and we see some sporadic incident without reason, without cause, simply a terrorist activity which we have not been able to cope with adequately in the past. We, in this country, are not going to tolerate that kind of activity in the future. The full force of the Federal Government and particularly of the FBI will be brought against these actions wherever there is a federal interest. This bill will help. It will allow the FBI to move in on cases on a positive basis where previously they had been able to do so only when asked to do so by the local law enforcement officials..and I think that at this time to point out that the actions of the FBI in apprehending Angela Davis a rather remarkable story again in the ling history of remarkable stories of apprehension the FBI is an indication that once the Federal Government, through the FBI, moves into an area, this should be a warning to those who engage in these acts that they, eventually, are going to be apprehended. This is a warning by signing this Bill we're going to give the tools to the men in the Justice Department and the men in the FBI and we shall see to it that those who engage in such terroristic acts are brought to justice.... thank you" (APPLAUSE)

    SEQ 4: "Gentlemen, I give you the tools, you do the job".

    Initials OJP/JH/ES.1536 OJP/JH/ES.1549

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    Background: In Washington on Thursday (15th October) President Nixon signed a new Crime Bill framed to increase the scope of the F.B.I., when dealing with acts of terrorism. The President said this would enable the government to start coping with the high incidents of terrorism which would no longer be tolerated.

    Separate sections of the new bill deal with the wave of bombings around the nation, and the long-standing war against organised crime. Measures include the death penalty for anyone convicted of a fatal bombing. It tightens control on the interstate transport of explosives, and permits FBI agents to investigate, and federal attorneys to prosecute bombings and arson at any institution which receives financial help from the government. This would include public schools, colleges, and hospitals.

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