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Approved For Releas GWMN~~A b 5 Oct 1973 First Of Three Reports rovtTa..: P eT' C07': 11*1 Q01), ILI 434 By E4 Offley The Central Intelligence Agency has come a long way, although some think it has taken the wrong direction. Originally enacted by Congress in 1947, the CIA was charged with gathering and coordinating in- telligence produced by it and other federal intelligence agencies. Today, the CIA is much, much more than that: It has evolved into the core of a shadow government, whose edifice is unrecognizable and whose power is unstoppable. rr That's the opinion of one ..... government official whose job enabled him to learn more about the CIA than most of its own employees 'ever could. L. Fletcher Prouty served as the Pentagon's chief support officer for the CIA for nine years from 1955 to 1963. As a full colonel in the Air Force, he was not constrained by the CIA's oath of secrecy. In late August, 1955, Prouty was ordered to establish a CIA support office in the office of the Secretary of the Air Force. In 1960, he tran- sferred the office to the office of the Secretary of Defense, and later expanded the support facility under the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon. Prouty retired from the Air Force Dec. 31. 1963. Documented History Prouty has written a documented history of the CIA, which traces its birth under the National Security Act of 1947, through the "activist" directorship of Allen W. Dulles, who brought the agency into clandestine operations, and through the CIA's deceptive role in getting the United States into the Vietnam War. "The Secret 'Team" .(1973, Prentice-fia11), presents an in- dicttnent against the CIA, saying that it has subverted the language and intent of its own statute, and in telligence gathering and into clandestine operations during the early 1950s, Prouty said in his book. The chief architect of clandestine operations was Allen Dulles, director of the CIA during 1950-1961. doing so has become a threat to American democracy at home and international stability abroad. In an interview in Williamsburg last Thursday with The Virginia Gazette, Prouty said that- most accounts of the CIA are misleading, because few people know that only 10 percent of the agency's activity is concerned with the gathering of intelligence. "If you know what you're talking about," Prouty said, "You know that 90 percent of the agency's activity is in clandestine operations." Power Of Exclusion Prouty defined the "secret team" as personnel who have access to secret intelligence, which is "the really powerful stuff - inside in- formation, advance knowledge, satellite data, agent data. This is what breeds the team." He added that the concept of "need to know" extends a total power of exclusion to those not on the team. Who is on this team? Prouty explained that it begins with the National Security Council and the top executives of the CIA, and extends to a ring of Executive Branch officials, senior military officers, "think tank" analysts and leaders of the education and business worlds. "Henry Kissinger, by law (in his role as Presidential advisor for foreign affairs ? and chairman of the National Security Council), leads the team," Prouty said. The National Security Act of 1997, as amended, states: "Powers and duties of the CIA--403.(d)(5) to perform such other functions and duties related to intelligence af- fecting the national security as the National Security Council may from time to time direct." Loophole Used The above quoted section of federal law was the primary means by which the CIA went beyond in- In "The Secret Team," Prout wrote that Dulles' appointment head of the agency "foretold the existence of a vast, secret in- telligence organization, a top echelon clandestine operations facility at White House level, a hidden infrastructure throughout other departments and agencies of the government, and the greatest clandestine operational capability the world had ever known...." The Intelligence side of the CIA is now little more than a "cover" for the CIA's ultra-top secret operations, Prouty told the Gazette. Pouring It Out "They (intelligence branch) have a job to do - to provide the President with intelligence. So they pour out their stuff day after day, like a newspaper or magazine," Prouty said. "But their big gripe is that people don't read it, and even if they read it, they don't heed it." Prouty explained that the main function of the CIA's intelligence branch has been the preparation of the "national intelligence estimate," an intelligence situation report prepared for the President and other top government officials with the freshest information gleaned from the CIA's worldwide network. "Those reports are very matter- of-fact," Prouty said. "They'll say, for instance, 'We're sure there's going to be a coup in Chile.' And the next day they'll say, 'Every ap- pearance is that the coup d'etat will .take place within the next 30 days.' They keep pouring this stuff out. "We Told You,, "Well, sure enough, sooner or later there's a coup d'etat, and they (intelligence branch officials) say, 'See? We told you."' CIo-3,03 Vie`TIV r`J S. Approved For Release 2006/09/29: CIA-RDP88-01350R0002004661&06nued