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June 18, 1975
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Declassified and Approved For Release 2012/05/11 : CIA-RDP99-00418R000100100032-6 CHARLESTON EVENING POST 18 JUNE 1975 - The Mauling Of The CIA WASHINGTON - Is the CIA being "McCarthy-ized" by the left, using-the same tactics as those of the late Sen. Joe McCarthy. who two decades ago all but gutted the U.S. Foreign Service from the far right? This is the question increasingly asked among Washington observers who today see the CIA - not to mention the other intelligence services such as code-break- ing, National Security Agency NSA or Defense. Intelligence Agency DIA - being mauled by low blows, exposed for exposure's sake and, as top officials of all agencies privately admit, chilled into cautious inactivity at a time when stakes in the world game have never been higher and the United States has never been more exposed. THE CRY OF McCARTHYISM from- the left takes on special point as liberal- left Democratic members of the House Select Committee on Intelligence last week sought to depose their chairman, Rep. Lucien. Nedzi D -. Mich., himself a respected liberal, for not having exposed long-past CIA abuses to which he earlier became privy as chairman of a House Armed Services subcommittee on intel-. ligence. (McCarthyism: ? the political practice of publicizing accusations of alleged wrongdoing without regard to evidence, in order to suppress opposition or institu- tions.) Nedzi, who ironically is regarded by the CIA as a tough and uncompromising ABC show, Frank Sturgis, has never congressional watchdog, now takes the been connected with the agency. position; as he has often in the past; that his function as head of the only standing `L IN ADDITION to widespread media House of Representatives intelligence- and liberal or left-wing flak, the CIA has oversight panel is to monitor and, where been suffering from serious internal necessary, correct current performance bleeding ever since U.S. District Judge by the CIA rather than muckrake long Albert V. BRYAN last year declined to past abuses in no danger of being repeat- enforce the supposedly inviolable CIA ed. secrecy oath against ex-special assistant But the attempt to purge Nedzi - to the Director of CIA, Victor Marchetti, incidentally to defenestrate yet another whose sensational book, "The Cult of Democratic committee chairman - is Intelligence", was published, showing in only one battle in what the intelligence boldface more than 200 highly classified services and their "consumers" in the disclosures the CIA had gone to court to White House, State and Defense increas- prevent. ingly perceive as a witchhunt intended One piece of good news for the agency by merciless exposure to immobilize if came last month when the Supreme not cripple the government's "third Court, by an 8-1 vote, sustained the D.C..; arm" in the conduct of relations with Circuit Court of Appeals in its what the Supreme Court once called "the sharp reversal of Judge Bryan's crip- vast external realm abroad." pling anti-CIA decision, with the result THE FORCES aligned'against the CIA that agency judgments on disclosure of a loose coalition of the doctri- secrets are once again binding and en- comprise naire left, anti-establishmentarian poli- forceable. ex- ticians and writers, segments of the Even worse' this another recent an the Marchetti book, pose media, disgruntled or publicity-seeking 1 "Inside the Company; CIA Diary", ub CIA alumni, and - no doubt =- deep in lished in England by Phillip Agee, the the shadows, CIA's implacable rival, one ex-CIA agent whom senior officials Russia's Committee on State Security, ? will.expressly characterize as a defec- better known as the KGB. tor. Expressing doubt, however, that any central anti-CIA conspiracy exists, or that the elite agency's ordeal results from KGB manipulation, Director of Central Intelligence William Colby told a reporter, "The KGB would have to run to keep up with developments happening now.,, Conspiracy or not, however, ever since New York Times reporter Seymour Hersh last December charged and failed to establish - that there was "massive and "illegal" CIA "spying" on more than 10,000 Americans, the agency has come under a drumfire of accusation and, worse from the CIA standpoint, unsparing and reckless expo- j sure of hitherto closely guarded national secrets. Besides The Times' anti-CIA crusade, ! which in turn sparked high-level, high- visibility investigations by the White! House chaired by Vice President Nelson! Rockefeller and probes by both housesi of Cnneress. the avenev wac aivan a1 rough ride on May 30 in a 60-minute ABC- TV special "Close-Up: the CIA", which some viewers found to be an intelligence version of the mauling handedAhe Armed Services in CBS - TV's bitterly controversial "Selling of the Pentagon." "Bill Colby should get equal time to reply from ABC after that one," said one retired CIA executive, who pointed out; what the agency has since officially placed on record, that one of the princi- Agee, who admits in his book his relationship with the Cuban Communist Party, is known to have made at least five trips to Cuba under official sponsor- ship. He is scheduled to conduct a brief-, ing here. in Washington this week under; the aegis of Rep. Ronald Dellums, D: Cal., who has invited fellow members of the House of Representatives to attend and who is one of the House Intelligence Committee members seeking to depose Rep. Nedzi as chairman. BESIDES the high-visibility charges' leveled at the CIA of having planned assassinations, of undermining govern- ments in Chile and elsewhere, of con-1 ducting "massive" domestic espionage, and of exploiting other government agen- cies for intelligence cover, the intense, investigative focus on every aspect of U.S. intelligence operations is unavoida- bly disclosing a mass of less conspicuous information, which is nonetheless of en- ormous aggregate value to the crosstown rival team in Moscow. But the worst danger in this congres- sional and media exposure, as seen by, director Colby, is the chill it inevitably ! places in hitherto fruitful and top-secret relationships between the CIA and other, friendly foreign intelligence services.I "Will you be passing our stuff over to Congress?" is the .most insistent and concerned question Colby says he gets from abroad. It is still impossible to assess the full damage to the CIA's- usefulness likely to; Colby, who says he has to be an optimist to hold his present job, points j out, surprisingly, that CIA job-applica- tions - of good quality, he says - are up. Where less than a thousand initial applications could have been expected' last January, the month after the initial Hersh attacks in the New York Times, the CIA actually got1,700. Declassified and Approved For Release 2012/05/11 : CIA-RDP99-00418R000100100032-6 _._ I~_ __. __.. ?._ _ _ Declassified and Approved For Release 2012/05/11 : CIA-RDP99-00418ROO0100100032-6 Not anything like 1,700 will be hired, especially with appropriations getting, tighter and tighter. The agency, reportedi to have some 15,000 employes and an! annual budget of about $750 million, has in fact been losing money, in terms "of constant, non-inflated dollars, ever since 1969, even though - as in the case of the defense budget - dollar amounts have risen each year. MOST OF THE MONEY, according to Colby, goes into big technical systems' .presumably, though he did not mention it, like the SS Glomar Explorer, which is credited with raising parts of a Russian nuclear submarine from the Pacific floor, and into hiring top-quality people. No little expenditure, he adds, goes into academic-type research and analysis by top experts of vast amounts of open- source unclassified information readily obtainable. But Mr. Colby makes no effort to minimize concern over what has been happening to the CIA in the past month's torrent of exposure. "The agency," he said, "should be like a pail - open only at the top. If there's a leak or a hole in the bottom, you end up with no water and no pail." t,0 Declassified and Approved For Release 2012/05/11 : CIA-RDP99-00418ROO0100100032-6