By By (author) L. Britt Snider

It is a research of the CIA's courting with Congress. It encompasses the interval from the production of the organisation until eventually 2004 - the period of the DCIs. while Congress created a brand new place in December 2004 - the director of nationwide intelligence - to supersede the director of critical intelligence (DCI) as head of the united states Intelligence neighborhood, it unavoidably replaced the dynamic among the CIA and the Congress. whereas the director of the corporation may proceed to symbolize its pursuits on Capitol Hill, she or he may not communicate because the head people intelligence. whereas 2008 is simply too early to evaluate how this transformation will impact the Agency's courting with Congress, it really is secure to assert it is going to by no means be fairly a similar.

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Howard Hunt, but this did not entail an in-depth probe into the Agency’s operational activities. Heretofore, if Congress had questions, it summoned the DCI to the Hill to explain. Now, it was asking for documents and access to Agency personnel. 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 34 L. 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 in- depth investigations of the Agency’s principal mission areas: clandestine collection abroad and analysis.

On the House side, HASC Chairman Mahon similarly offered to give the House Foreign Affairs Committee a role in overseeing intelligence activities affecting foreign policy. 103 Meanwhile, if the Hughes-Ryan Amendment were not enough for the barons to contend with, a Senate government operations subcommittee held two days of hearings in early December 1974 on various bills to strengthen congressional The Nature of the Relationship, 1946–76 31 oversight of the CIA and the Intelligence Community. Senator Baker, the lead witness at the hearings, sharply criticized the existing structure and argued again for a joint intelligence committee.

The Agency spent an inordinate amount of its time and energy, in fact, worrying about such complaints and attempting to deal with them, both by urging its oversight subcommittees to do a better job and by working behind the scenes to scuttle every proposal for change. Nothing the Agency tried, however, ultimately changed the dynamic that existed from the start with its oversight subcommittees. Despite its controversial mission, the Agency was still “too small a potato”—compared with the Department of Defense—for its congressional protectors to allot much of their time to.

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