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September 13, 1974
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Approved For Release 2011/08/09: CIA-RDP09T00207R001000020111-0 PAILADE LP3iIA INQUIRER 13 sEPT 1974 CI Fr,)m Ingr,ircr 1{'irc Srrrirre WASHINGTON - The exist- cnce of an "invisible govern- ment" with sovereign power to conduct worldwide clandes- tine operations was described Thursday by Daniel Ellsberg, who made public the Penta- gon Papers in 1971. Ellsberg was a surprise pa- nelist at an unofficial confer- ence on covert CIA opera- tions, sponsored by several members of Congress in a Senate office building. Ile said a hush - hush "Forty Committee" reports to the President on top-secret policy and intelligence mat- ters, and that the_ President, in turn, makes decisions with- out reference to Congress. "The true meaning of the Forty Committee is that there is, indeed, a covert operation exercising sovereign and do-._ mestic powers," he said. "It is, in fact, an invisible eov- A P_ r,.m oa em , v ernmcnt." Government spokesmen have previously acknowl- edged existence of the com- mittee, which is chaired by Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger and includes CIA Director William E. Colby. in separate appearances, Sen. Philip A. Hart (D., Mich.) and Rep. Michael J. Harrington (D., Mass.) called for a public explanation by Kissinger of his testimony last year that, to the best of his knowledge, "the CIA had nothing to do with the coup" that resulted in the overthrow and death a year ago of Chile's Marxist president, Salvador Allende. Both lawmakers noted that,. according to secret testimony by Colby that recently be- came public, an $11 million covert operation to "destabi- lize" Allende's regime was approved by the Forty Com- mittee. Harrington called on chairman of the Scnato