This is a civil action in which one Miss Terry Hibbs, an officer of plaintiff, Founding Church of Scientology of Washington, D.C., averred that in attempting to place a call on one of plaintiff’s telephones she was interrupted by a male voice stating he was Bob Wiclomore, a Special Agent of the FBT, and that he was operating a switchboard and monitoring calls on plaintiff’s telephone. Alleging that an illegal wiretap was placed on its telephone, plaintiff seeks an injunction and money damages.
Re: The Founding Church of Scientology of Washington, D. C., Inc., v. William B. Saxbe, et al. (U.S.D.C., D.C.) Civil Action No. 74-744
At the deposition, plaintiff’s counsel attempted to make a detailed inquiry into the internal operations of the local FBI office, including staffing, details of processing wiretap applications, investigative techniques and the technical method of conducting a wiretap. We objected to these questions as being outside the scope of the deposition as we interpreted Judge Richey’s order, as being irrelevant in light of Mr. McDermott’s testimony that no wiretaps had even been placed on plaintiff’s telephones, and, in part, on grounds of privilege. On advice of counsel, Mr. McDermott refused to answer these questions.
Plaintiff has now filed a motion to compel answers, a copy of which is attached. Our response is due on August 14, 1974. […]
Attaches Washington Star News article of 18 May 1984 “Sect Sues FBI Over Phone Tap”