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September 19, 1974
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Approved For Release 2011/08/09: CIA-RDP09T00207RO01000020071-5 I YORK TIMES 19 SEP 1974 FORD TO BRIEF FIVE ON CILk -ACTIVITIE ' He and Kissinger Schedule Session With Leaders of Congress Today By SEYMOUR M. HERSH WASHINGTON, Sept. 18- Secretary of State Kissinger an- nounced today that he and President -Ford would person- ally brief five House and Sen ate leaders tomorrow on the scope of the Central Intelligence Agency's covert operations. "We will put it before them in detail and ask them, 'What do you want"' Mr. Kissinger said aboard Air Force One aa~ it returned here from Nevi F York, where President Ford ad- dressed the United Nations. Administration officials said that the President had decided to brief the Congressional lead- ers after his strong defense of all C.I.A. covert activities in this news conference Monday night. The President public) confirmed then that the agency) had been involved in clandestine efforts in Chile, but he de-i picted them as having been aimed only at aiding newspaper and politicians opposing Presi- dent Salvador Allende Gossens, who, Mr. Ford said, was ab, ,tempting to suppress criticism.1 Senate Study Planned ' The White House's anounce- ment followed the Senate For- eign Relations Committee's an- nouncement yesterday that it had authorized a full-scale study into what has been called misleading testimony in the) Senate about the C.I.A's role inl Chile. Targets of that inquiry are known to include, Richard! Helms, former Director of Cen- tral Intelligence; John M. Hen-, nessey, a former Treasury De-I partment official, two former high-level State Department of- ficials, and Mr. Kissinger him- self,, who testified about United States involvement in Chile during his Senate confirmation hearings last fall. Those invited to the briefing tomorrow, Mr. Kissinger said were the Senate Democratic leader, Mike Mansfield of Mon- tana; the Senate Republican leader, Hugh Scott of Pennsyl- vania; vania; Speaker of the House Carl Albert of Oklahoma; the' House Democratic leader, Thomas P. O'Neill Jr. of Massa- chusetts, and the House Re- publican leader John J. Rhodes, of Arizona. Administration officials said, that Mr. Kissinger and 'Presi dent Ford were confident that covert operations - such as those in Chile - could be de-~ fended on national security, grounds. If these operations, were dropped, these officials in- sisted, an "overwhelming case" i could be made that peril to the) security of the United States would be increased. A Philosophical Question One high-level official, asked whether such beliefs on the part of Mr. Kissinger and President Ford amounted to an endorse- ment of United States interven- tion is foreign countries, replied that the question was a philo- sophical one worth debating. Concern over lack of effec- tive Congressional oversight has been repeatedly expressed by ranking Senate and House members since newspaper dis- closures last week that the C.I.A.. despite prior disclaimers, had been authorized by Mr.~ Kissinger and President Nixon' to spend more than $8-million between 1970 and 1973 in an effort to make it more difficult for Mr. Allende, a Marxist, to govern. The Chilean President was overthrown last year in a mili- tary coup d'dtat in which he died. Representative Dante B. Fas- cell, Democrat of Florida, re-' newed his call today for more effective control over the Cen- tral Intelligence Agency after a series of hearings that ended to- day before his inter-American affairs subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Commit- tee. Mr. Fascell said he was "deepl'%distressed" that he and his colleagues had not been fully informed of the agency's activities in testimony given earlier this gear by William E. Colby. the Director of Central Intelligence. OO7 Approved For Release 2011/08/09: CIA-RDP09T00207RO01000020071-5