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Approved For Release 2006/07/28: CIA-RDP80RO1731 R0021 000 AMERICAN SECURITY COUNCIL 1101 17th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036 John M. Fisher President NATIONAL STRATEGY COMMITTEE (Partial Listing) Admiral John J. Bergen, USN (Rat.) The Honorable Elbridge Durbrow Former Ambassador Robert W. Galvin Chairmen of the Board, Motorola, Inc. The Honorable Loy W. Henderson Former Ambassador General Bruce K. Holloway, USAF (Rat.) Former Commander-in-Chief Strategic Air-Command General Lyman L. Lemnltzer, USA (Ref.) Former Chairman, Joint Chiefs-of-Stall John A. Mulcahy President, The Quigley Co. General Bernard A. Schriever, USAF (Rat.) Former Commanding General, Air Force Systems Command Dr. William J. Thaler Chairman, Physics Department, Georgetown University General Nathan F. Twining, USAF (Rat.) Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs-of-Staff General Earle G. Wheeler Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs-of-Stall Loyd Wright Past President The American Bar Association General Paul D. Adams, USA (Rat.) Former Commander-In-Chief, U.S. Strike Commend Lt. General Edward M. Almond, USA (Ref.) Former Chief of Staff to General Douglas MacArthur Bennett Archambault Chairman of the Board, Stewart-Warner Corp. Professor James D. Atkinson Department of Government, Georgetown University G. Duncan Bauman Publisher St, Louis Globe-Democrat Admiral Robert L. Dennison, USN (Rat.) Former Supreme Allied Commander, Atlantic General Paul D. Harkins, USA (Rat.) Former Commanding General, U.S. Military Assistance Command, Vietnam Clifford F. Hood Former President, United States Steel Corporation James S. Kemper, Jr. President, Lumbermens Mutual Casualty Co. Vice Admiral Fitzhugh Lee, USN (Rat.) Former Commandant of the National War College The Honorable Clare Boothe Luce Former Ambassador A. B. McKee, Jr. President, Forest Lumber Company end Imperial Valley Lumber Company Dr. Robert Morris President, University of Piano Dr. Nicholas Nyaradi Director, School of International Studies Bradley University Dr. Stefan T. Poesony Dlrecto r of International Studies, Hoover Institution, Stanford University General Maxwell D. Taylor, USA (Rat.) Former Chairman of the Joint Chlets-of-Stall Dr. Edward Teller Nuclear Scientist General Lewis W. Wait, USMC (Pet.) Former Assistant Commandant United States Marine Corps Rear Admiral Chester C. Ward, USN (Rat.) Former Judge Advocate General, U.S. Navy General Albert C. Wedemeyer, USA (Rat.) Chief U.S. Strategist, World War II Dr. Eugene P. Wigner Physicist, Princeton University Major General W. A. Worton, USMC (Rat.) Retired President American Library of Information July 30, 1975 General Vernon Walters Deputy Director, Central Intelligence Agency Washington, DC 20505 Under separate cover, we are sending you a tape recording of your remarks on the CIA, contained in the WASHINGTON REPORT of the air program. We thought you would like to have this for your files. You are featured on the WASHINGTON REPORT Wednesday, August 6, 1975, broadcast over the Mutual Radio Network at 10:45 a.m. and 5:25 p.m. and heard locally over WAVA-FM, (105.1) 9:40 p.m. the same day. Thank you again for your cooperation and interest. Cordially, C_A3~~t~ Philip C. Clarke Capital Editor Washington Report of the Air Separate Cover - Mail 19 'C aces 15 thru Approved For Release 2006/07/28: CIA-RDP80RO1731 8002100010012-9 WASHINGTON ?KTd ~919l e 2006/07/28: CIA-RDP80FRAJ~d 1 'gfgiQ0 1 CIL REPORTER: Philip C. Clarke - with - 1101 - 17th Street, NW General Vernon Walters, Washington, DC 20036 Deputy Director, CIA INDEX: US - CIA FOR BROADCAST: Wednesday, August 6, 1975 THE CIA AND THE SOVIET THREAT In their eagerness to tear down the CIA, headline-hungry critics have conveniently ignored the question of how the United States would fare without an effective intelligence service. In attacking the occasional excesses or lapses of the Central Intelligence Agency, the critics also fail to note some vitally important information the Agency has turned up in recent months. This information concerns the Soviet Union's massive military buildup -- a buildup that, in the words of CIA Deputy Director Vernon Walters, poses the greatest potential threat to the US since Valley Forge. Addressing an American Security Council luncheon in Washington the other day, General Walters said: GENERAL VERNON WALTERS: "We can't help seeing the Soviet Union deploying four new, different types of ICBM's -- signs of the fifth on the horizon. They're third generation missiles; they're not anything they've just cooked up. We see them building larger and more powerful submarines; we see them increasing the number of tanks; we see -- in all areas -- a tremendous military effort being made to modernize and improve the Soviet forces beyond -- what seems to me -- to be neces- sary for either deterrence or defense. The inevitable question which faces the United States government is: What use will they make of these capabilities? And that is the question for which the United States government must look to the intel- ligence community -- to the CIA -- for answers." General Walters says the Soviet military buildup is accompanied by an unprecedented attack on the CIA and on its information-gathering resources: GENERAL WALTERS: "There is a great effort abroad to make you believe that intelli- gence is immoral, un-American, unworthy and everything else. And that everybody should know all the secrets that are running around. President Truman, in 1956, he was asked about this. He said it matters not to the United States whether its secrets become known through publication in the media or through the activities of spies. The damage to the United States is the same in both cases. And he added, 'I, for one, do not believe that the best interest of our country is so served by going on the principle that everybody has the right to know everything.' And that extends for also long period of American history." General Walters says investigations of the CIA may be useful, but they should be responsible: GENERAL WALTERS: "Right now we're engaged in a number of inquiries to determine whether any great nation can operate its secret intelligence service, so to speak, in a goldfish bowl. Now we may succeed because we're a very unusual people. But if we do, it'll be just like going to the moon -- we'll have been the only ones who ever succeeded in doing it. Now, I think these investigations can be healthy, they can be helpful to us in the future, providing they're conducted in a positive, constructive and responsible sense, and are not operated in some sort of a political football. Because the security of the United States is far too precious to be kicked around as a football." General Vernon Walters, Deputy Director of the CIA. * * * Approved For Release 2006/07/28: CIA-RD P80RO1731R002100010012-9 { Approved For Release 2006/07/28: CIA-RDP80R01731 R002100010012-9 WASHINGTON REPORT OF THE AIR AMERICAN SECURITY COUNCIL REPORTER: Philip C. Clarke - with - 1101 - 17th Street, NW General Vernon A. Walters Washington, DC 20036 Deputy Director of CIA INDEX: US - CIA FOR BROADCAST: Tuesday, August 12, 1975 THE CIA: TELLING IT LIKE IT IS One of the most unfortunate aspects of the seemingly endless uproar over the Central Intelligence Agency is that the CIA, by its very nature, is unable to answer back. Recently, however, the CIA's Deputy Director, General Vernon Walters, spoke out in defense of the Agency and of its role in protecting the security of our country at a news media luncheon sponsored by the American Security Council. During a question-and-answer period, General Walters defended the CIA's support of anti-Communist elements in Chile: GENERAL VERNON A. WALTERS: "If you consider helping democratic forces to survive a hostile environment, I'm not sure that I would agree that's a dirty trick. That happened in Chile, specifically. "One thing about rightist dictatorships that differs from Communist dictatorships is that, eventually, the rightist dictatorships fizzle out, and there is chance and hope for change. "There is no case where the Communists have achieved power where they have ever transferred it by any means whatsoever with one single exception, and that is the Communist regime in Budapest. "With a rightist dictatorship you may have to wait, but eventually it's going to go. With a Communist dictatorship and the Brezhnev doctrine -- that the Soviet Union has the right to intervene to protect the achievements of the socialist regime -- there's not much hope for any transfer of power." On the domestic front, General Walters said certain so-called "American Wrongers" would like to eliminate the CIA and its intelligence functions: GENERAL WALTERS: "I think the United States would be irretrievably damaged. The agency's future or existence is of small import. What is of import is the existence of the United States as a free and democratic society. And if the United States had no intelligence service, I would have serious doubts about its ability to survive as a free and democratic society." Asked if the CIA had been hurt by attacks against its credibility, General Walters replied: "I wouldn't say we've been badly hurt. In fact, I marvel at how relatively little; but yes, we have been hurt. People that used to give us whole reports are giving us summaries; and people who used to give us summaries are now shaking hands with us; and people who used to voluntarily help us say, 'Ah, don't come near me.' This, I'm sure, must be a delight to the American "wrongers." But to the people who believe that the United States represents the best hope of mankind for freedom in the world, it is not an encouraging factor." Approved For Release 2006/07/28: CIA-RDP80RO1731 8002100010012-9 Approved For Release 2006/07/28: CIA-RDP80RO1731 R002100010012-9 THE CIA: TELLING IT LIKE IT IS Page Two GENERAL WALTERS: "We are not in existence to influence American opinion. We are there to serve the elected officials who have been chosen by the United States Government. We tell the Congress, we tell the President. If they choose to reveal it to the American people, that's their right. But we do not feel that we should use our intelligence to sway American public opinion one way or the other. We are not a policy-making agency. That is up to our masters. If they wish to make that information public; if the Congress wishes to make it public, they can. We brief them, we tell them everything we know." Approved For Release 2006/07/28: CIA-RDP80RO1731 8002100010012-9 Approved For Release 2006/07/28: CIA-RDP80RO1731 R002100010012-9 AMERICAN SECURITY COUNCIL 1101 - 17TH STREET, N. W. WASHINGTON, 0. C. 20036 7j F A U D C 97 Mr. Angus Thuermer Assistant to the Director Central Intelligence Agency Washington, DC 20505 Approved For Release 2006/07/28: CIA-RDP80RO1731 R002100010012-9 Approved For Release 2006/07/28: CIA-RDP80RO1731 R002100010012-9 Executive Registry ugus , Lt. General Vernon A. Walters Central Intelligence Agency Washington, D.C. 20505 quotation from the Chinese gentleman. But yt. what's the old geezer's name? - --- `~ You gave a splendid presentation in defense of the agency. Most of your audience, including me, appreciated it very much. With best wishes, Victor Lasky Approved For Release 2006/07/28: CIA-RDP80RO1731 R002100010012-9 Approved For Release 2006/07/28: CIA-RDP80RO1731 R002100010012-9 Approved For Release 2006/07/28: CIA-RDP80RO1731 8002100010012-9 Approy-esj For Release 2006/07/28: CIA-RDP80R01731 R002100010012-9 PHILIP C. CLARKE Le- We y 1, ~ a, e Ae, - -f~-u4~e vc-161~ 460-m np-%~V 411`1-~ AMERICAN SECURITY COUNCIL 1101 17th Street, N. W. Washington, D. C. 20036 Phone 202-296.4587 Approved For Release 2006/07/28: CIA-RDP80R01731R002100010012-9 Approved For Release 2006/07/28: CIA-RDP80RO1731 R002100010012-9 Approved For Release 2006/07/28: CIA-RDP80RO1731 R002100010012-9 Approved For Release 2006/07/28: CIA-RDP80RO1731 R002100010012-9 The Deputy Director of CIA, Lt. Gen. Vernon Walters, recently responed to a question by this reporter about alleged Soviet attempts to prevent the U.S. from obtaining telementry data on mirved ICBM test flights, saying that "tradionally" the USSR seeks to mash it weapon tests. He added, however, that he wouldn't want to say how successful the Soviets are in those endeavors. From Ed Ulsamer Air Force Magazine Approved For Release 2006/07/28: CIA-RDP80RO1731 R002100010012-9 jc.r. C )