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The Watergate case, which became a symbol of using surveillance technologies aimed at disabling political opponents, refers to a highly publicized political scandal in the United States, which eventually led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. The case focused public attention on misusing campaign money and the abusive use of surveillance technologies. The use of surveillance mechanisms in the Watergate scandal involved numerous attempts to wiretap political rivals and unwelcomed civil activists, as well as the White House cloaking these operations with the help of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Central Intelligence Agency. The case also involves surveillance by the president. This entry examines the facts of the Watergate case; the burglary investigation and subsequent criminal trial, the “Saturday Night Massacre”; ...

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