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STAT ------- 1 -L HL JL1L - --- .JI L 1 -- Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2011/02/23: CIA-RDP90-01208R000100040070-2 ARTI C?r.E ~?t y f 013 Pl.G _SrtJ STAT By Peter R. Kombluh - T is time for a new national debate on the propriety of CIA covert SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS (CA) 15 April 1984 derailing the Reagan administration's- - effort to get $21 million more from Con- CIA operations ordered by Henry Kissin- gress for its clandestine war against the, ger in Angola _'- grace. Its Sandinista government, has raised larger decline was symbolized by from - the Carter questions about the meaning of suchactiv- i i t d n s m ities for other governments, and our own:a r director Richard Helms for lying Do, covert operations against foreign goy- agency under oath to :~a :Senate subcommittee i ernments further US. national security about CIA intervention in Chile. On Nov. 4, interests? Does secret CIA intervention.1977 Helms became the first intelligence promote American values abroad? And, chief in American history to be convicted are these activities compatible with the of perjury charges.-"You now stand before democratic principles and ideals that this court in disgrace and shame" the serve rye as a foundation for American soci judge told Helms,- who had "pleaded no . contest. These issues have been debated before . Ten years ago, in the wake of Watergate and Vietnam, press revelations that the CIA had conducted assassination missions Helms the 'National- Security Medal for "exceptionally meritorious service" last October, he became a symbol of the CIA's resurgence under the Reagan administra- American citizens, and engaged in the tion. Indeed, "The Company" is back in overthrow of the democratically elected. business. government in Chile, ended the national - " Under the Reagan administration, the quiescence on. covert operations that the CIA has expanded its operations around agency had enjoyed throughout its postwar the globe. The agency's budget rose 25 history. percent in 1985. (as compared with the The Church committee Pentagon's 18 percent), making it one of the fastest-growing major departments in The secrecy on which CIA agents and the U.S. government. Some of that money policy-makers had depended to hide their ; is being used to recruit fresh blood into the activities from the American public was ranks of covert operatives. "CENTRAL shattered; the dark side of U.S. foreign ? ` INTELLIGENCE AGENCY ..: for those policy was exposed. -"Covert action," the ... who want a different definition of. SUC- late Sen. Frank Church, who chaired the CESS," read prominently placed adver- Senate Select Committee on Intelligence tisements in major U.S. newspapers. These which examined the history of the CIA's jobs offer "unique overseas assignments cloak-and-dagger activities, later - that challenge your every talent;".... observed, was revealed to be "a semantic. Among those assignments is Central- disguise.formurder, coercion. blackmail, : America, where. the agency has mounted. bribery,:;die spreading of lies, whatever is its largest parailitary war in more than deemed useful in : bending other countries a decade. "Special activities" - a euphe- ' to our: will".. ..'. mism favored by CIA director William J. A new'public awarenessof-this sordid Casey - also have been conducted in the realm of U.S. foreign policy led to. a Middle East and Africa. Casey is reported national re-evaluation of the CIA. In 1974, to be such an enthusiast for covert Congress established oversight commit- ' operations that he has secretly flown actions. Less than a year later Congress ` action. took an unprecedented step, voting to stop But if the CIA has been resurrected if has not been reformed. Up to its old dirty against foreign leaders, illegally spied on tees to monitor and restrict future covert around the world to supervise his agents in Continued on Page 8C ~11 Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2011/02/23: CIA-RDP90-01208R000100040070-2