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By L. Britt Snider

This can be a examine of the CIA's dating with Congress. It encompasses the interval from the production of the organization until eventually 2004-the period of the DCIs (directors of imperative intelligence) . This research isn't prepared as one may possibly count on. It doesn't describe what happened among the business enterprise and Congress in chronological order nor does it purport to explain each interplay that happened over the interval encompassed by means of the research. particularly it makes an attempt to explain what the connection used to be like over the years after which examine what it produced in seven discrete components. The relevant goal in venture this learn used to be now not a lot to explain as to explain-to write whatever that may support CIA staff higher comprehend the Agency's dating with Congress, not just to aid them savor the previous yet to supply a consultant to the long run.

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I, 55. Smist, Congress Oversees, 6. 14 THE NATURE OF THE RELATIONSHIP, 1946–76 board as a signal from the administration that Congress was not up to the job itself. 41 Indeed, when the Senate Rules Committee considered the Mansfield resolution later the same month, it shocked the administration as well as the Agency’s overseers on the Hill by reporting the resolution to the floor by a 7–2 vote. Among other things, the majority report stated, The CIA has unquestionably placed itself above other government agencies.

18 THE NATURE OF THE RELATIONSHIP, 1946–76 and Soviet military capabilities, several committees also probed the failure of the CIA to predict the coup that had taken place in Iraq that year. The army had overthrown and murdered the pro-Western monarch, King Faisal, sending shock waves through other pro-Western Arab governments, which feared the same could happen to them, and the CIA had apparently known nothing about it. This perceived failure prompted Mansfield, who was now the majority whip in the Senate, to offer for the fourth time his joint intelligence committee resolution as a fix to the problem, but once the hullabaloo over the coup in Iraq quieted down, he did not pursue it.

Colby, 177–80. Smist, Congress Oversees, 28. For a discussion of its investigative activities relating to the Agency, see chapters 7–9. 35 CHAPTER 1 For the most part, the Agency tried to cooperate. ” He thought the Agency “had a good story to tell” and that if the committee could be persuaded to stay focused on the domestic issues, the Agency might well avoid damage to its overseas operations. 115 While the committee did not, as Colby had hoped, confine its investigation to domestic issues—for example, it looked into covert action in Chile and alleged assassination plots against foreign leaders—it did not conduct indepth investigations of the Agency’s principal mission areas: clandestine collection abroad and analysis.

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