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May 19, 1966
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CORD 1g "KGP15Sioalrx 9 Sanitized - Approved For Release : CIA*Ib r THE CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE The "leak" from executive sessions to favored newsmen 1s an allclent Institution AGENCY on Capitol Hill. But them have been no ties such as it has, always will be. tion, carefully cultivated over a long period 1 of time, would vanish, not to mention the Mrsent. t President, I ask inserted in the unanimous b con- Informants themselves. Consequently, in y , the absence of a substantial showing of need, of the RECORD as a part of my remarks and there has been no such showing, we an editorial on the subject of the CIA in hope the Senate will turn down the bid by the May 18, 1966, Issue of a very rep- Foreign Relations to "muscle In". (Senator utablo newspaper _the Washingtgp Eves RUSSELL'S words) on the watching process. Mr, YOUNG of North Dakota Mr. leaks from Senator RUSSELL'S watchdog com- mittee. The tightness of its security has been Pr Sid8mt, the Central Intelligence Agen- remarkable. And this is as it should be. cy has always been the subject of some Why? Because secrecy, like It or not, Is controversy and it islinevitable that an essential to the successful operation of the Agency with the duties and responsibili- CIA. Without It, vital sources of fnforma- a c r a wa a over y e es-em and the: chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations National Security Council. By designation) Committee, is that the people in the CIA-; of the President, a non-governmental groups .very greatly Influence foreign policy." headed by Clark Clifford_ closely scrutinizes But, In rebuttal, Senator RICHARD 8.' entitled "Danger Seen in Proposa O Innocent-looking proposal to allow the squabble "has a tendency to chill" some of Senate Foreign Relations Committee to add the CIA Informants even in the national There y ing no objection, the editorial I three members of its own to the "legislative capital. and article were ordered to t printed in oversight" committee of the Senate which, It takes many years to develop contacts in in a confidential way, keeps in touch with foreign countries, where the CIA operates the RECORD, as follows: the operations of the Central Intelligence almost entirely. To require the agency to [From the Washington (D.C.) Evening Star, Agency, reveal much of its information to members May 18, 1966) Just why, for instance, should the Senate' of the Senate who are themselves Involved in WATCHING THE CIA Foreign Relations Committee wish to check foreign-policy controversies could result in a It would be difficult to find any cloak-and up on the special committee now composed substantial drop in the efficiency of We orsa? of IIladtion. dagger organization that Is more closely: a small group from the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Appropriations supervised than the Central Inteiligeaco Committee? The reason given by Senator J.' Agency. h b WILLIAM FULRSIGHT, Democrat, of Arkansas,'. It i t d th P [From the Washington (D.C.) Evening Star, 18 May 19661 DANGER SEEN IN PROPOSAL ON CIA - 13t t8'ha've inserted as a part of my remarks a column in.,the same issue of the Washington--?E,vefing Star which auu aw GErlGl1LL14LL1CU, V WU5ll 1:U11(vK uu, 11OYO; the special committee which now supervises to run the gantlet of two congressional com CIA operations, says that "it is just pure mittees. In the Senate, this committee to poppycock that the CIA fixes, and makes, made up of three representatives each from ~ foreign policy." ? the Armed Services and Appropriations tom- On the surface, it might seem that the. o e Because there are already so many watch-! s g y ers, it might be wondered what valid objet- be imperilled If members of the Senate who tion there is to adding three more, especially are primary interested in arguing about for- 1f they come from Mr. Fulbright's committee sign policy were entrusted with the secrets since CIA activities undoubtedly influence,, of the agency. foreign relations. It is customay for various senators every The reason for the objection was s not quite now and then to divulge things they have i spelled out reason for the Monday's debate. But its et- I learned In confidence about domestic policy. I ' sense emerged clearly enough. But tl with respect to what's going on in for- the nstra For . t Ohio's Senator LAUSCHE, himself a mem- j it the countries information there has obtained be restraint. ber of Foreign Relations, said that commit- d Inform, CIA to ~ dealt with casually and "leaked" to the press { tee "has also distinguished itself for the fre-, like domestic news, this could cause serious quency of leaks that come out of their (ex- damage to American Interests around the ecutive) hearings." world. Later on, Senator MORSE, who thinks the. The risks in changing the nature of the CIA is a "police state institution," said: "I; membership of the special committee that f do not accept the major premise that the, keeps in touch with the CIA are considerable..] elected officials of the American people' ,The public knows hardly anything about the ! should not have an opportunity to be briefed devious efforts of foreign governments to get In executive sessions of their committees in, secret data In Washington. They employ go- regard to what their checking committee has; betweens who themselves may not know just found." who is behind the request for Information This lets the cat out of the bag. While no, that comes to them. After long experience senator would stand up on the floor and say] with the technique of keeping things really so, the obvious fact is that the opponents secret, the CIA has concluded that the fewer of enlarging the watchdog committee are[ the people who know anything. about the afraid of leaks If representatives of Foreign, operation, the better In the long run. Relations should be added to the watchdogs After World War II was over the late Ad- "My job," he said, "wan strictly within the armed services, and if the secretary of the Navy wanted to find out what was cr mine:. he could always ask the commander In chief- namely, the President of the Unites. States." This kind of caution 1s just as trnportant in a "cold war" as in a "hot war." 7 he Presi- dent, of course, has access to everything the ..j CIA is doing. Senator FRANK J. LAt,scne. D-Otifo, says that, while Senator RUS+,ELL's subcommittee has "distinguished Itself" by not leaking in- formation, the Foreign Relations Commit tee-of which he Is rt member -"dirtin-, guishes itself by the number of leaks that have Come out of that committee. Senator RUSSELL thinks that overexposure of the CIA would make difficult the lathering of Information, because it`would cause many people to hesitate to help for fear of eventual reprisals If their identity became known. The Georgia senator, in his speec^t to the There would seem to be no need for anyi and thattheoretically some representation additional watchers. Senator Fulbright's from the Foreign Relations Committee, along Foreign Relations Committee, however, wants; with members of the Appropriations Commit- to add three of its members to the watching; tee and the Armed Services Committee, would'' group. Senator Russell, who heads the super- be logical. But the truth is that the opera- visory committee, is strongly opposed. ti ntral Intelli ence A ens could n of the C group. And this would be especially true !t m1ra1 Ernest King, chief of naval operations, all 19 members of Mr. FtrLbslaHT'S committee told this correspondent that in two of the would be briefed, as Senator Moasi advo- important en gements In the Pacific he cater, "on what their cheoking e hY found out. ommlttee never even told the secretary of the Navy .. ,;.: '.: hhpad of time that a certain battle plan wan Sanitized - Approved For Release : CIA-RDP75-00149R000800160005-5