In the Matter of David Truong – Criminal Justice – CCR Docket 1982-1983

In January 1978, David Truong and Ronald Humphrey were indicted on charges of conspiracy, espionage, stealing govern­ment documents, and being unregistered foreign agents. David Truong (Truong Dink Hung) is a Vietnamese citizen who has long  been active in the anti-war movement in the United States. Ronald Humphrey was a low-level U.S. Infor­mation Agency employee. The investigation of the case was conducted by the CIA and the FBl , utilizing techniques which included break-ins, bugs, wiretaps and surveillance of Truong over closed-circuit TV. All these techniques were employed without court order Truong and Humphrey were convicted of espionage.

In January 1981, the enter joined with the U.S. Peace Council, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and the Fund for Open Information and Accountability, (FOIA, Inc.) in filing an aniicus brief in the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, indicating First, Fourth and Fifth Amendment violations. The Fourth Circuit affmired the conviction upholding the goverment’s authority to en­gage in warrantless wiretapping and bugging .

Subsequently, the Center, along with the National Law­yers Guild, filed an arnicus brief in support of the granting of a writ of certiorari by the U.S. Supreme Court. This brief again raised the important issue of the constitutionality of warrantless wiretapping. Unfortunately, the Supreme Cowt denied certiorari. David Truong is now serving a fifteen year sentence at a federal  prison in New York state.

Michael Ratner

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