By By (author) L. Britt Snider
This can be a research of the CIA's courting with Congress. It encompasses the interval from the construction of the employer until eventually 2004 - the period of the DCIs. whilst Congress created a brand new place in December 2004 - the director of nationwide intelligence - to supersede the director of important intelligence (DCI) as head of the USA Intelligence group, it inevitably replaced the dynamic among the CIA and the Congress. whereas the director of the corporation might proceed to symbolize its pursuits on Capitol Hill, she or he may not converse because the head folks intelligence. whereas 2008 is just too early to evaluate how this transformation will impact the Agency's courting with Congress, it really is secure to claim it is going to by no means be relatively a similar.
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84 THE SFRC ASSERTS ITS RIGHT TO OVERSEE THE CIA: 1966 Notwithstanding Warner’s glowing assessment, not all members were happy with the existing state of affairs. Frustrated by the inability of the SFRC to obtain more information from the CIA about the situation in South Vietnam, Senator Eugene McCarthy introduced a resolution in January 1966 calling for a review by the SFRC of CIA’s impact on foreign policy. 85 Senator Russell, who still chaired the SASC and its CIA subcommittee, reacted negatively, promising a floor fight when the SFRC resolution reached the floor.
The Agency, for its part, continued to urge its committees to exercise their oversight responsibilities more actively—and more visibly—and expanded its substantive intelligence support to other committees. MCCONE’S EARLY INTERACTION WITH THE CONGRESS While new DCI John McCone followed the line that Dulles had taken in public—that the issue of a joint committee was up to Congress to decide—he actively defended the existing oversight arrangements in his early public comments. ”75 In private, however, he, like Dulles, encouraged the subcommittees to meet more frequently with Agency representatives, receive substantive intelligence briefings, and learn more of CIA’s operations.
The Nature of the Relationship, 1946–76 41 It is also clear from the Agency’s records that its leaders were concerned about offending the powerful chairmen of its oversight subcommittees. In fact, the longer the Agency enjoyed their protection and support, the harder it was to endorse a different oversight arrangement. While the Agency might have taken a different position vis-à-vis a joint committee in 1953, there was no going back when McCone considered the issue in 1962. From time to time, members of the CIA subcommittees themselves endorsed the idea of a joint committee, but the chairmen of these subcommittees never did, and the Agency, understandably, did not wish to lose their support.