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STAT Approved For Release 2007/06/21: CIA-RDP99-00498ROO0100040014-5 THE I.T ISIil : P7 April consideration to recom- mending an end to the secret operations. "Presidents and administrations have made excessive, and at times self-defeating use of covert action," said the committee. By Vernon A. Guidry Jr. Washington Star Staff Writer The Senate Intelligence Committee has delivered a toned-down attack on the CIA to a Senate that may have grown spy-shy and unwilling to sia- niiicantly tamper with the nation9s intelligence apparatus. A rebuff is expected today from the Senate 1Z ,let" amnmittpe, which marks up legislation creating a new intelligence oversight committee. The theme of the intelligence panel's recommendations released yesterday was the reed for greater control by the executive and by Con- gress through its oversight function. Essential to that oversight function, in which Congress has so far failed, the committe report indicated, was the power of the purse. Chairman Frank Church, D-Idaho said the . But it deleted the specific figure at White House and CIA insistance and voted 6-5 to let the full Senate decide whether to release it. The committee's 650-page report had few revelations of the kind which shocked in its reports on covert ac- tions in Chile and on the asassination attempts contemplated, attempted and bugled. But it did reveal that since 1961 there have been what were described as 900 major covert operations and thousands of smaller ones. While these secret projects of influence or action were pouring out, the commit tee says there was no systematic re view of either sensitive foreign espionage or counterintelligence ac-i tivities at the White House level. - power to authorize the intelligence THE COMMITTEE Rave seriou3 budget was crucial. That viewpoint was not expected to prevail today, however. Insiders sup- porting a strong new oversight body were fiouring t9e best they might do was a h-4 loss in the rules panel on the question of purse-string power for the new committee. Intelligence committee staff members were tell- ing reporters that the loss in the Rules Committee would become a victory in the Senate. THE INTELLIGENCE panel itself is in need of a Senate victory on the question of the over-all intelligence budget figure. It was the latest in a series of deletions, some of them of wholesale size, from yesterday's re- port at CIA and White House insist- ante. The committee left in its -report clear indications that the combined budget of the CIA, Defense Intel- lignce Agency, National Security Agency and the national reconnat- sance program is about $5 billion for this fiscal year and that the total costs, direct and indirect, for -all I. 11; . . t t But ultimately the committee opted for recommending dramatical- ly reduced use of this most controversial tool of foreign policy and also recom-1 mena:ng that Congress be- informed before, not after the operation is run. "The committee has concluded,.{ however, Gnat the United States should maintain the option of reacting in the fu- ture to a. grave, unforseen threat to United States na- tional securitty through cov- ert means,' the report read. Another key element was the recommendation that omnibus legislation be written defining intelli- gence function.; and the relationships between the intelligence community and the executive branch and Congress. The National Se- curity Act of 1947, -which created the Central Intelli- gence Agency. "is simply: no longer an adequate framework for the conduct of America's intelligence agencies," the report read. AT THE SAME time, the report said the CIA, which Church had once character- ized as a rouge elephant, "in broad terms, is not `out of control' . " The committee had some kind words for President Ford's recent executive order making changes in the operation of the intelli- gence apparatus within the executive branch. But the report indicated Ford's ac- tions did not go far enough. That may prove to be a m iv 1 .6 e (pence ac ies, is Approved For Release 2007/06/21 : CIA-RDP99-00498ROO0100040014-5