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February 7, 1978
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I- Approved For Release 2007/06/14: CIA-RDP99-00498R000100130047-9 NEWS San Jose, Calif. 7 February 1978 tells audience of new op STANFORD -- The director of the agency that once was the target, of campus demon- ..strations received warm applause here. -CIA Director Stansfield Turner, claiming an 6istaric new sense of openness in Ameri- .can intelligence opera- tions, went before an audience of Stanford University - students Monday night. and laid himself open to a bar- rage of tough. ques- tions. He was asked about current covert activi- ties by the CIA, the training of secret po- lice in South Africa and Iran, and illegal domestic spying. STANSFIELD .TURNER Using a variety of k blunt talk and glib wit, Turner rebuffed. all charges against the Speaker . - . And he got strong - ; - applause for a partial defense of CIA activi- ty in Chile under the Allende regime when he told an abrasive. questioner . "What you think went on there and what I think went on there .are.. two,.different things." It was an unusual speech before a. college audience by the head of the super-secret spy agency, but one apparently. designed to pro- mote the CIA's new image of openness -Turner spent a half hourbefore the esti- mated crowd of 2,000 at Kresge Auditorium on campus outlining what--'he, has done in 10 months as head of. the CIA to change the agency's image::' have been under- He said four big changes taken. The first, said .Turner, was to."shift thee: product of intelligence" so that the-Soviet Union's military secrets are no longer a sole object of spying by `United. States agents. :.; Today, said Turner, CIA agents are after! military, economic, and political informa- tion on nearly all of the -,150 countries around the globe. . ` "Today - we need to know what goes on around the world and cover a' wider range o topics and broader areas than ever before," said Turner. "Our attitude toward interfering-in inter- nal affairs also is changed. I don't say we should eschew political action when it is in the interest of the United States, but I do- say it is better controlled," Turner said. He said there has been much less emphas- is placed on political action by CIA agents. A second change, said Turner, is what h called, "the production line." He said the American spy has been the basic element in intelligence gathering for years. "Now, we have advanced technical de- vices to collect that information," said Turn-1 er. He said agents now must emphasize why things are happening in other countries and ? ? what tomorrow will bring. A third major change, he said, is "`ppen- ne ss:" He said the CIA today ? must submit its -= plans, to. unprecedented numbers of over sight committees atthe federal level Turner said he personally must subject the CIA's programs to the scrutiny of the "President, vice president, and eight'com= . mittees of Congress as well as the National. Security Council."4 ~.. COII l IUD STAT Approved For Release 2007/06/14: CIA-RDP99-00498R000100130047-9