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"The trick is not becoming a writer. The trick is staying a writer. Day after month after year after story after book."
- Harlan Ellison

Teep Rod  
  A device that gathers the thoughts of an individual.  

Is it possible that a time will come when the police can gather the very thoughts from your head?

…one of the QCA men was bringing out a teep rod, a receptor which would pick up and record his thoughts for police inspection. "You," Joe said, "will see. That it's true."

The rod, wandlike, hovered over his head for several minutes. No one spoke. Then the QCA man returned the rod to his pocket and stuffed a little speaker into his ear; he played back the tape of Joe's thoughts, listening intently.

From Galactic Pot-Healer, by Philip K. Dick.
Published by Berkley Publishing in 1969
Additional resources -

SF writers referred to telepathy as TP in this era - I'm guessing.

Compare to the espionage machine from the 1958 short story No, No, Not Rogov! by Cordwainer Smith.

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