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November 23, 1970
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Approved For Release 2007/03/07 : CIA-RDP73B00296R00 100020 27-0 SECRET /SENSITIVE /`Y c ? , OIL 70-0831 23 November 1970 THIS DOCUMENT WAS SUBJECT TO liT/CHILE JUSTICE INVESTIGATION MEMORANDUM FOR THE RECORD SUBJECT. DCI Briefing of Defense Subcommittee of Senate Appropriations Committee -- 19 November. 1970 1. On 19 November the Director appeared before the Defense Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee. The session lasted from 1552 until 1805 hours. A technical sweep of the room, 5-126 in the Capitol, was conducted and the room was kept under technical monitoring throughout. Discussions included SI and TY1-1 material. Highlights of the session are summarized below. No transcript was taken. 2. Present from the Subcommittee for all or part of the braefing were: Allen J. Ellender (D., La.), Acting Chairman John Stennis (D. , Miss.) John O. Pastore (D. , R.I.) Mike Mansfield (D. , Mont.) Milton R. Young (R. , N. Dak. ) Margaret Chase Smith (R,, Me.) Gordon Allott (R., Colo.) Roman L. Hruska (R., Neb.) Ex Officio Members present were: Stuart Symington (D., Mo.) Henry M. Jackson (D., Wash.) Strom Thurmond (R., S. C.) 3. Present from the Subcommittee staff were: William Woodruff, Counsel Francis Hewitt, Assistant Clerk Approved For Release -0OT,lg /,f qf I 0296R000100020027-0 'Approved For Release 2007/03/07 : CIA-RDP73B00296R000100020027-0 SE CRET /SENSITIVE 4. Accompanying the Director were: Lawrence K. White, Esc/Dir- Compt George Carver, SAVA John M. Maury, Legislative Counsel 5. The Director's presentation included those portions of his prepared briefing dated 19 November 1970 (on file in the Office of Legislative Counsel) concerning the Middle East, Indochina, Chile, Soviet Naval Activity in Cuba, . and Communist Military Activity. (He did not'use the section on the Cuban political situation.) 9. After hearing the Director's prepared remarks on Chile, Senator El:lender asked whether, and how, the Soviets had assisted the Chilean leftists. The Director mentioned financial and propaganda support in particular. Senator Ellender asked whether we had not supported the oUher side in Chile to at least the same extent the Russians had supported the leftists. The Director said we had provided economic aid to the previous regime on a substantial scale, and Senator Ellennder asked, if this was so, why the Chileans had turned against us. Senator Pastore asked whether the coup was engineered by Moscow or was a popular reaction against the status quo. The Director suggested it was partly both. 10. Senator Symington questioned the Director's statement that Chile had been moving steadily toward the left--he wanted to know whether "toward the left" meant more democratic or more totalitarian. The Director said he was only trying to note the trend toward more nationalization and governmental control. Senator Symington said the trend toward more government control could take place under both rightist and leftist governments, so that shouldn't be the test of who we help. 11. Senator Pastore emphasized the danger that we might fail to recognize truly popular revolutions and label them Communist- inspired. The Director acknowledged this danger but pointed out the U. S. had been trying to respond to legitimate popular aspirations by promoting liberal reforms through democratic rather than totalitarian means. Approved For Release 2007/03/07 : CIA-RDP73B00296R000100020027-0