CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Jul 22, 1975
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(Studio) Ex-general cnsl. CIA, Lawrence Houston, testifies to House CIA committee
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) He negotiated agreement with Justice Department in 1954 in which CIA could decide if workers could be prosecuted. [Representative Bella ABZUG - asks Houston by what authority did he decide not to give names to Attorney General of those allegedly involved in murder.] [HOUSTON - says balance of interest between statutory responsibility of director and statutory requirements for Justice Department] [ABZUG - how does this fit into concept of equal justice?] [HOUSTON - says CIA has done as much or more to protect freedoms as any agency.] Houston says CIA didn't report crimes 9 times: Didn't involve: mail openings, LSD tests, wiretapping and domestic spying. [HOUSTON - says Robert F. Kennedy said to come to him before CIA got involved with Mafia again after telling RFK of assassination plot against Fidel Castro. He didn't suggest prosecution at knowledge.] Houston - cites more tries by Mafia to kill Castro.
REPORTER: Daniel Schorr
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