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Intelligence Activities and the Rights of Americans: A History of Abuses of Power by the FBI, CIA, and NSA By Church Committee
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The Church Committee examined whether intelligence activities threaten the rights of American citizens. The Committee found that too many people were spied upon by too many Government agencies and... More > too much information had been collected. The Government often undertook secret surveillance of citizens on the basis of their political beliefs, even when those beliefs posed no threat of violence or illegal acts on behalf of a hostile foreign power. The Government, operating primarily through secret informants, but also using other intrusive techniques such as wiretaps, microphone "bugs," surreptitious mail opening, and break-ins, swept in vast amounts of information about the personal lives, views, and associations of American citizens. This book details how governmental officials violated or ignored the law over long periods of time and advocated and defended their right to break the law.< Less
The Company: A History of the Central Intelligence Agency By Church Committee
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The CIA has been the subject of continuing public scrutiny, much of which has focused on the Agency's abuses. This history examines the CIA's organizational evolution, evaluating the influences that... More > have shaped the Agency and determined its activities. A historical study of this nature serves two important purposes. First, it provides a means of understanding the CIA's structure. Second, and more importantly, by analyzing the causal elements in the CIA's pattern of activity, the study illuminates the possibilities for and obstacles to future reform in the United States foreign intelligence system. Today the CIA is identified primarily in terms of its espionage and covert action capabilities, i.e. spying operations and political action, propaganda, economic, and paramilitary activities designed to influence foreign governments.< Less
Eliminating Enemies: CIA Assassination Plots Involving Foreign Leaders By Church Committee
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Throughout the Cold War, the United States felt impelled to respond to threats which were, or seemed to be, skirmishes in a global war against Communism. Castro's Cuba raised the spectre of a Soviet... More > outpost at America's doorstep. Events in the Dominican Republic appeared to offer an additional opportunity for the Russians and their allies. The Congo, freed from Belgian rule, occupied the strategic center of the African continent, and the prospect of Communist penetration there was viewed as a threat to American interests in emerging African nations. There was great concern that a Communist takeover in Indochina would have a "domino effect" throughout Asia. Even the election in 1970 of a Marxist president in Chile was seen by some as a threat similar to that of Castro's takeover in Cuba. This volume documents the full range of covert activities taken in response to the operations of Communist clandestine services.< Less
Foreign and Military Intelligence: The Secret History of the CIA and Covert Action By Church Committee
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Recent Presidents have justified secrecy on the basis of "national security." The Bay of Pigs fiasco, the secret war in Laos, the secret bombing of Cambodia, the anti-Allende activities in... More > Chile, the Watergate affair, were all instances of the use of power cloaked in secrecy which, when revealed, provoked widespread popular disapproval. The Church Committee emerged out of allegations of abuse and improper activities by the intelligence agencies of the United States. This first book of their report provides details on the intelligence agencies of the U.S., particularly the CIA and their covert action programs. The Committee's investigation documented a number of actions committed in the name of "national security" that were inconsistent with declared policy and the law. Hearings were held and the committee issued reports on alleged assassination plots, covert action in Chile and the interception of domestic communications by the National Security Agency (NSA).< Less
The Investigation of the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy: Performance of the Intelligence Agencies By Church Committee
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The Church Committee's investigation of alleged assassination attempts against foreign leaders raised questions of possible connections between these plots and the assassination of President John... More > Fitzgerald Kennedy. Questions were later raised about whether the agencies adequately investigated these possible connections and whether information about these plots was provided to the Warren Commission. As a result, the Select Committee reviewed their specific performance with respect to their investigation of the assassination of the President. This book presents evidence that both the CIA and the FBI failed in, or avoided carrying out, certain of their responsibilities in this matter.< Less
Poison Secrets: The CIA's Unauthorized Storage of Toxic Agents By Church Committee
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The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Activities opened public hearings with an inquiry into a case in which direct orders of the President of the United States were evidently disobeyed by... More > employees of the CIA. The particular case under examination in this volume involves the illegal possession of deadly biological poisons which were retained within the CIA for 5 years after their destruction was ordered by the President, and for 5 years after the United States had entered into a solemn international commitment not to maintain stocks of these poisons except for very limited research purposes. The main questions before the committee were why the poisons were developed in such quantities in the first place; why the Presidential order was disobeyed; and why such a serious act of insubordination could remain undetected for so many years.< Less
The Evolution of U.S. Intelligence Services: A 200-Year History By Church Committee
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The Founders of the Republic did not have intelligence activities in their immediate purview when drafting the Constitution and assigning powers and functions to the branches of government... More > established by this instrument. Nevertheless, implied authority for such pursuits appears to have been granted to both the Executive and the Legislature. This situation has permitted each branch to act independently with regard to intelligence organization and policy and has contributed, as well, to conflicts between them on these matters. Contained in this volume is an overview of the evolution and organization of the Federal intelligence function with a view to its origins and development within the context of a constitutional, democratic republic.< Less
IRS Intelligence: The Politicization of the Internal Revenue Service By Church Committee
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This volume examines closely ways in which other intelligence services have made use of the IRS as a lending library of tax information. This great storehouse of data on American citizens have proved... More > to be irresistibly tantalizing to other Federal agencies, particularly the FBI. The controls over the use of tax information which the IRS releases to other agencies were found to be inadequate. The committee found evidence indicating that the FBI had widely misused IRS tax information to disrupt political activists. Tax return confidentiality had eroded to the point where the Federal Government had turned these supposedly private documents into instruments of harassment used against citizens for political reasons.< Less
White House Horrors: The Huston Plan By Church Committee
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Just as the U.S. was obsessed by Vietnam, so too the White House became transfixed by the wave of domestic protest that swept the country. On June 5, 1970, President Nixon called in J. Edgar Hoover... More > of the FBI, Richard Helms of the CIA, and others from the military intelligence agencies. He charged them with getting better information on domestic dissenters, and directed them to determine whether they were subject to foreign influence. After a series of meetings throughout June 1970, a special report was prepared for the President. It set forth several options which ranged from the innocuous to the extreme, from doing nothing to violating the civil liberties of American citizens. In a memorandum, White House aide Tom Charles Huston recommended the extreme options to the President. These recommendations have become known as the Huston plan. The President approved the plan, and it was sent to the FBI, the CIA, and the military intelligence agencies for implementation.< Less
Postal Secrets: The Mail Opening Programs of the CIA and FBI By Church Committee
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The Church Committee inquired into the question of why the Federal Government opened the mail of American citizens for over two decades, a policy fundamentally at odds with freedom of expression and... More > contrary to the laws of the land. The committee first reviewed in public some details of the CIA mail openings while considering the Huston Plan (see: White House Horrors). One provision of that plan was a recommendation to institute a mail opening program, although, ironically, intelligence officers were already busily unsealing envelopes in various parts of the country and had been doing so for years. As a case study, mail opening provides the most revealing look at the inner life of the CIA and the FBI. In the instance of the CIA, the evidence suggests their mail program was allowed to continue despite the harshest criticism of it from investigators within the CIA Inspector General's Office, and despite the fact that it was not very productive in terms of intelligence information.< Less

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Our World Our World By Deleah Payne
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