In 1956, Leverett Saltonstall, the ranking Republican senator on the Armed Services Committee, commented that he knew nothing of what the CIA was doing--and he wanted to know nothing. Amazingly, this remark helped beat back an attempt to establish a congressional committee to oversee the CIA.
By the mid-1970s, however, that situation had changed. We'll look tonight at the reasons, agendas, and effects of the congressional inquiries chaired by Frank Church in the Senate and Otis Pike in the House.
|Andrew, For the Presidentís Eyes Only, pp. 397-424|
|Brett Snider, "Recollections from the Church Committee Investigation"|
|James McCullough, "Commentary"|
|Gerald Haines, "The Pike Committee and the CIA"|
|Church Committee Report|
DISCUSSION: Did oversight matter?
|David Corn, "Whitewash Committee"|
|James Woolsey on the restrictions' effects|