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March 1, 1981
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Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2010/08/11: CIA-RDP90-00806R000100220010-5 C AcATICLE APPF- os PAG3 - The morning after the Re- publican election victory, Louis. Wolf went to work as usual in the National Press Building. a few blocks from the White House. Bleary-eyed from the long election night; Wolf boight coffee at the take- out counter in-the lobby and,' with ati armload of newspa- pers, slipped into the elevator' i nith reporters for. the- v five-floor ride to his office. By four o'dock that after- noon, the-slim 40-year-old man began pasting strips of copy on layout' sheets for his publication. On the strips were names4names of Central In- telligemee Agency undercover officers in - American embas- sies aro nd thg world. Louolf has been exposing the idef trties of CIA agents for about five years now. He and his associates-Washington,'. D.C., attorney-William Ray-haver, with the help of renegade for-. mer agent Philip Agee, ripped the cover more than 2,00A officers in the pages of their journal, Covert Action In- fonnatiOn Bulletin; and irrtwp books: Dir- ty Wor I:.the CIA in Western Europe and Dirty 14"If. du CIA in Africa. The CIA. now the Congress, has labeled these four people everything from traitors to Russian agents-But for the past five years, legislation to put them out of business has been stymied by a wobbly congressional concern for. the. First" Amen4ment. and by revelations during the -" of;.CIA misdeeds--dossiers on American citizens, assassination at- temptsi the set-up of the coup in Chile. But how, times have changed. On the congre#sional_docket is the Intelligence Identities Protection Act, . which would make it aaime punishable by three years in jail - and a 310,000 fine to publish the names of CIA personnel, even if the infor- mation has been gathered from public sources. Prospects for the bill's passage were MOTHER JONES Feb./March 1981 favorable even in last year's Democrat-' controlled Congress. They have been ad- vanced immeasurably by. the November defeat of half a dozen key liberals and by the rantings of groups like the Heritage Foundation, demanding that Congress act on "domestic terrorists." The bill's prob: able passage this year will set the stage for a classic First Amendment showdown with unpredictable results. In the months ahead, the Intelligence Identities Protec- tion Act and the constitutional issues raised by it-just what can journalists re- veal about the CIA-may prove an impor- tart indicator of the Reagan administra Lion's real interest in restricting free speech and progressive political debate. _ Bill Schaap put it succinctly: "For more than a year now, we've been saying to the press that there's no such thing as a bill against us and not against you." And as Schaap has pointed oul.again and again, there are dearly unconstitutional aspects to the act. Under the legislation, it would be illegal not only to publish the names of CIA personnel gathered from public_ "Yeah, ' responded Ted Kennedy, his eyes fixed on the text of the legislation. The bill stalled after passing the com- mittee and will have to be rein- troduced in the current session of Congress. When "getting Agee" or "getting" Covert Action Infor- mation Bulletin becomes the task. when it is paramount to pass legislation aimed not at restricting government infor- mation but at restricting publi- cation of information about uncomfortable realities, then we are faced with a constitutional. threat on a new scale. T he CIA has been gritting its teeth over Covert Action Information Bul- kiln (and its predecessor, Counterspy, -a publication which continues under differ- ent management) for years, trying unsuc- cessfully through a series of propaganda maneuvers to rustle up widespread sup- port .for jailing its editors. The problems for the journal began with the murder of i Richard Wekh. In December 1975, official Washington, and especially the intelligence commun- ity. was in a tumult. Nixon had been top. pled. The Church Committee, the Rock efeller Commission and the press were dragging CIA skelettOns out of the closet one by one: Cuba; the Congo; Chile; Bra- zil; Guatemala; and Operations Phoenix, MK-ULTRA and CHAOS. Assasssina- tion attempts, drug testing. mail openings. break-ins. CIA efforts to move covertly into Angola were thwarted by intelligence agency critics. __K_ Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2010/08/11: CIA-RDP90-00806R000100220010-5