Magazine article Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. The IRE Journal

Excerpt from the 1997 IRE Awards Entry Form

Magazine article Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. The IRE Journal

Excerpt from the 1997 IRE Awards Entry Form

Article excerpt

Along with finding out all I could about the CIA's and FBI's domestic espionage operations, it became my goal to face down the counterintelligence men who carried them out. Crisscrossing the country, traveling at times with only a bag and my thumb, I did manage to talk to some of them. These interviews are part of the book, as well as an unusual series of interviews of a CIA records officer that I was allowed to conduct at the Agency's headquarters.

The interviews came about as a result of a court order. In 1979, while investigating the disruption of the dissident press during the Vietnam War, citing the Freedom of Information Act I requested documents from the CIA on its operations affecting some 500 antiwar newspapers. When this request was refused, I sued. (MacKenzie v. Central Intelligence Agency, No. 82 -1676 [D.D.C. 1982]).

In an attempt to settle the dispute, Judge John H. Pratt ordered the Vaughn procedure. …

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