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September 17, 1974
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Approved For Release 2011/08/09: CIA-RDPO9TOO2O7ROO1000020099-5 17 SEP ia1p l4anscript of .President's News Conference on Foreign and Domestic' Matters yloiiot:ing is a transcript of Presi- 19. Intervention Abroad dent Ford's broadcast news confer- Q NI,- President under what irtzr 7. Intelligence.. Activities Q. Mr. President,. recent Congression- al testimony has indicated that. the C.I.A., under the direction of a commit- tee headed by Dr. Kissinger, attempted to destabilize the Government of Chile under former President Allende. Is it the policy of your Administration - to attempt to destabi1iza the governments ? of other democracies? A_ Let me aawer in general-I think this is a very important question. Our Government,. like other govern- ments, does take certain actions in the intelligence field to help implement for- eigsr policy and protect national security. I am informed reliably that Commu- nist nations spend vastly more money than we do for the same kind. of pur- poses. Now, in this particular case, as I understand it and there's no doubt in my mind. our Government had no in- volvement in any way whatsoever in the coup itself. In a period of time,, three or four years ago there was an effort being made by the Allende Government to de- stroy opposition news media, both the writing press as well as the electronic press. And to destroy opposition politi- cal parties. And the effort that was made in this case was to help and assist the preser- vation of opposition newspapers and electronic media and to preserve opposi- tion political parties. I think this is in the best interest of the people in Chile, and certainly in our best interest. Now, may I add one further comment. The 40 Committee was established in 1948. It has been in existence under Presidents since that time. That commit- tee reviews every covert operation un- dertaken by our Government. And that information is relayed to the resonsible Congressional commit- tees whre it is reviewed by House and Senate committees. It seems to me that I the 40 Committee should continue in existence and I am going to meet with the responsible Congressional commit- tees to see whether or not they want any changes in the review process so that the Congress as well as the Presi- dent are fully informed and are fully included in the operations for any such action. national law do -we have a right too attempt of dcstshili a the constitution=' i ' ally elected government of another country. And does the Soviet Unio**~ have a similar right to try to 'dam; stabilize the Government of Canada, for example, of the IIpi.ed States. A. I'm not going to'pass judgmela, on whether it's permitted or authoriz under international law. It's a reco nized fact that historically as well , presently, such actions are.. taken the best interests of the- countri Approved For Release 2011/08/09: CIA-RDPO9TOO2O7ROO1000020099-5 00'80