U.S. Intelligence: Evolution and Anatomy

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5
The Great Intelligence Investigation

Disclosures

Much of Colby's tenure as DCI was taken up with the investigation of CIA wrongdoing, which eventually included all aspects of the intelligence community and its operations. In brief, the first allegations arose in relationship to Watergate, which involved some former CIA employees and an effort by President Nixon to use the CIA connection as a way of blocking the subsequent investigation. Then, in September 1974, the press reported that the CIA had undertaken the "destabilization" of Salvador Allende's Marxist government in Chile, which had been overthrown by the Chilean military in 1973.

Most sensational, perhaps, was the article by Seymour Hersh in the New York Times on December 22, 1974, alleging that the CIA had violated its statutory charter by undertaking domestic surveillance against U.S. citizens opposed to the Vietnam War and others, going as far back as the 1950s. 45 President Gerald Ford, who had been in office just over four months, immediately requested a report from Colby on these charges. Colby based his report on an internal CIA report on all past or present illegal activities first initiated by Schlesinger in response to the original Watergate-

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Foreword ix
  • About the Author xiii
  • Summary xv
  • I - The Evolution of U.S. Intelligence 1
  • Introduction 3
  • 1 - Antecedents of the Modern U.S. Intelligence Community 6
  • 2 - The National Security Apparatus 13
  • 3 - The Age of Smith and Dulles 22
  • 4 - Intelligence and an Activist Foreign Policy 30
  • 5 - The Great Intelligence Investigation 39
  • 6 - Politicized Intelligence 47
  • 7 - A Restored" Intelligence Community" 66
  • 8 - Intelligence in the Post-Cold War World 87
  • 9 - Observations 100
  • II - The Anatomy of U.S. Intelligence 103
  • 10 - Central Coordination and Management 105
  • 11 - Intelligence Agencies and Components 116
  • 12 - Oversight Bodies 138
  • 13 - Observations 144
  • Notes 146
  • Index 169
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