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Approved For Releas&'26b fl 127`::C FILE COP 94r CoGUESS SENATE REPORT 1st Session No. 94-345 AUTHORIZING SUPPLEMENTAL EXPENDITURES THROUGH FEBRU- ARY 1976 BY THE SELECT COMMITTEE TO STUDY GOVERNMENTAL OPERATIONS WITH RESPECT TO INTELIAGENCII ACTIVITIES FOR AN INQUIRY AND INVESTIGATION RELATING TO TIIE INTELLI- GENCE ACTIVITIES CARRIED OUT BY OR ON BEHALF OF TIIE FED- ERAL GOVERNMENT Mr. CANNON, from the Committee on Rules ,and Administration; submitted the following REPORT The Committee on Rules and Administration, to which was referred the resolution (S. Res. 218) authorizing supplemental expenditures through February 1976 by the Select Committee To Study Govern- mental Operations With Respect to Intelligence Activities for an in- quiry and investigation relating to the intelligence activities carried out by or on behalf of the Federal Government, having considered the same, reports favorably thereon with an amendment and recommends that the resolution as amended be agreed to. Senate Resolution 218 as referred would further amend Senate Res- olution. 21, Ninety-fourth Congress, agreed to January 27, 1975, by extending the Select: Connnittce To Study Goveri)mental Operations With Respect to Intel.lig;ence Activities from September 2, 1.975, through February 29, 1976 (6-111o))t-h Period), and by authorizing it to expend not to exceed $1,250,000 during that, period, of which amount, not to exceed $300,000 could be expended for the procurement of consultants. Senate iesolution 21, Ninety-fourth Congress, established the select committee and authorized it Co expend not to exceed $750,000 for in- quirics and investigations from the date of approval through Sep- tember 1, 1975. Of the $750,000, not to exceed $100,000 could have been expended for the procurement of consultants. Senate Resolution 165, Ninety-fourth Congress, agreed to June 6, 1.975, amended Senate Resolution 21 by increasing the expenditure authorization of the select committee by $400,000-from $750,000 to Approved For Release 2005/04/27 : CIA-RDP77M00144R001200040001-7 Approved For Release 2005/04/27 : ` IA-RDP77M00144R001200040001-7 Tl,lir0,000-and by increasing the portion of that total which could he expended for the procurement of consultants by $200,000-from $100,000 to $300,000. fn its submitted form Serrate Resolution 21S would provide a new and separate fu nding for the Select Committee from September 2, 1975, through February 29, 1076. The Select Committee, however, has agreed to a re:?orniuendation by the Committee on Rules and Admin- istration that the funds requested be in the form of an increment to its existing fund rather than in the form of a separate fund. The Rules ('oinrnitice liar amended the resolution accordingly, including therein :, volunt:uy re;iuctiorrby the Select Committee in requested funds from $1,250,000 to $1,100,000. This action would increase the expenditure autthorization o1' the select committee through February 29, 1976, by $1,100,000-frorrr $1,150,000 to $2,250,000-and would increase the. portion of that total which could he expended for the procurement of consultants by $300,000--from $300,000 to $600,000. All expla.nai ion bi :uul justification for Senate Resolution 218 are expressed in n joint letter (with acconmpanying report preseiited on the Semite Door by Senator ('hurch) addressed to Senator Howard W. Cannon, chairman of the Committee on Rules and Administration, by Senator Frank Church and Senator John Tower, chairman and vice chairman reslrer''tiv('.ly, of the Select Committee To Study Govern- mental Operations With Respect to Intelligence Activities, which letter is as follows: U.S. SENATE, ti 1'~O S~i~cnY (xovre>zNnrr' NT1r. OPERATIONS WITH, RESPECT Ti) INTELLIGENCE ACTIVITIES, Washington, D.C., July 25, 1975. lion. Ilowmzl) W. (h NON, Chairman,, /'eiiate Committee on Rules and Administration, Washington, D.C. I)EAu Mu. CuAlri r.yN: In order to fully Meet its charge under S. Res. 21, the Senate Select Committee to Study Governmental Opera- tions With Respect to Intelligence Activities has found it necessary I o request an extension of the life of the Committee for an additional six months. Tile delays resulting from slow turnover by the Executive Branch or documents requested by the Committee, and the unexpected re- quireauent to deal with the question of assassinations in depth has set hack the Select Committee timetable by at least, three months. The task gi year by the Senate, to the Select Committee is a heavy burden, but what file Connnittee, has learned thus far has convinced me and my colleagues that it is vitally important that this inquiry press forward so that the necessary remedial actions that need to be taken will be based on the fullest knowledge and careful judgment. The funds rcquested by the Committee to, carry on its work through I he, end of February are based on the present rate of expenditure. As von know, we have built up our staff to its present size gradually over period of six months. The Committee expects that the staff level will remain approximately as it is now con stituted. The hearing schedule will increase occr the next few months. We also expect that the ex- penditures required for official reporters and other official documentary p racer lures will require increased expenditures in those areas. Approved For Release 2005/04/27 : CIA-RDP77M00144R001200040001-7 Approved For Release 2005/04/273 CIA-RDP77MOO144R001200040001-7 On behalf of the Select Colnlni.ttee, we want to thank the Rules Committee and members of your very able staff for the assistance you have given to the Select Committee and its staff. That assistance has enabled us to proceed with this very difficult investigation efficiently and in accord with Senate procedures. With kind regards, Sincerely, FRANK CIFURCILI Chairman. Jo[iN TOWER, Vice Chairman. P.EI'ORT PRESENTED ON TILE SENATE FLOOR BY SENATOR CTIURCIT, CTIAIR- -h,rAN OF THE, SENATE SELECT COMMITTEE To STUDY GOVERNMENTAL OPEIIA'I'IO'NTS l rl'ir RESPECT TO CN'I LLTGENCE ACTIVITIES I rise today to comment on the progress that the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Activities has made since it was created on January 27, 1975, with the passage of S. Res. 21. This resolution called upon the Committee "to conduct an investigation and study of governmental operations with respect to intelligence activities, and of the, extent, if any, to which illegal, and improper, or unethical activities were engaged :in by any agency of the, Federal Government or by any persons, acting individually or in combination with others, with respect to any intelligence activity carried out by or on behalf of the Federal Government." To date, there have been thirty-five hearings of the full Commit- ted. Over 275 persons have been interviewed, and some eighty studies on various aspects of intelligence operations are underway. These studies, when completed, will comprise the most thorough review ever made of the intelligence agencies of the United States (overn- mcnt. The purpose of this broad systematic study is to give Congress, for the first time, an authoritative basis for evaluating the past and present intelligence system of the United States. Most, important, it will provide Congress with the factual background necessary to make the judgments required to give new statutory direction to the intelli- gence community in the future. The Select Committee will soon. finish its investigation of assassina- tions. It is our hope to report on this phase of the investigation as soon as possible. Through a series of outside events, the burden of examining the charges that the United States Government has been involved in assassination attempts has fallen squarely upon the Select Commit- tee. The President's Commission, chaired by Vice President Rocke- feller, reported it was not able to complete its investigation on as- sassinations, and, at the President's direction, the White house turned over to the Committee the files of the Commission. The Committee has risen to its responsibility. Although political assassination is a grim subject, the inquiry is one that the Committee has had to con- duct. To do otherwise would have ignored charges of extreme trans- gressions ao?ainst civilized behaviour, which could only have further eroded conRidence in the worthy purposes of the United States. S. Res. 21 calls for a thorough investigation not only of alleged abuses and unethical conduct, as charged by the press in recent months, S.R. 345 Approved For Release 2005/04/27 : CIA-RDP77M00144R001200040001-7 Approved For Release 2005/04/27 ,CIA-RDP77M00144R001200040001-7 but, more importantly, for the first in-depth review since the end of World War II of the intelligence activities of the U.S. Government. An earlier investigation, somewhat comparable in scope and importance to that given the Select Committee, conies to mind. That i.rrquiry, the in- vestigation of the Pearl h aa,rbor attaLck, was conducted under the lead- crshilr of then Senator Albers Barkley in 1946. It serves as a useful precedent for the present investigation of the Select Committee. Sen- ator liar klovy s Pearl II-arbor inquiry was successful because the mem- bers of the Committee and its staff were given access necessary to complete their ierquiry into the files and records of the Executive Dc- partments. There was full cooperation. The Barkley Pearl Harbor in- vestigation could not leave succeeded had there been resistance on the part of the Executive branch. Without question, President Truman's full support made the successful inquiry possible. It is the hope of the Select Committee that it will be afforded similar access to information through the same kind of cooperation. Thus far, however, the response to requests for records and documentation has been slow and procedural delays have hampered the Committee's progress. The work of the Select Committee has been planned with care, with a deep sense of the importance of the issues before it, and with an awareness of I Ile fragility of the agencies under study. A stall' of high quality has teem assembled. It is composed of men and women with sleep practical knowledge of the activities of the agencies render in- voAl'a?ation and of the law. It, includes a distinguished ambassador and Holed scientists. It, is complemented by consultants who are out.stand- i n~ lawyers an ' 4 exports of proven ability. The members of the Committee have worked hard. The hearing schedule has been extensive and the time required for briefings and meetln ?s has required sacrifices on the part of members of the Corn- nrittee. It has been a pleasure for me to work with such a dedicated and able group of colleagues. Although the members of the Commit- tee represent tyre entire spectrum of views within the Senate, every vote taken within the Committee has been unanimous. I have every expectation that this bi-partisan, harmonious and close working rc- 1ationship will continue. The sralrlrort- of the leadership has been most helpful to the work or the Committee. Further, the assistance the "select Committee has re- ceived from Siauding Committees. the Foreign Relations Ccirrmittce, the Armed Services Committee, the Appropriations Committee. the chiles Conun;tiic and the Joint. Atomic Energy Committee,