CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Sep 16, 1975
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(Studio) CIA Director William Colby testifies before Senate Intelligence Committee
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Colby says head of chemical branch and project ofr. were ones who kept poisons when President Richard Nixon ordered such poisons destroyed. [COLBY - says poisons dvtd. for self-annihilating pill.] Colby says U-2 pilot, Francis Gary Powers, carried silver dollar with shellfish toxin inside. Dart gun shown that could employ poisons. Poisons systems cost $3 million, 10 year investment. [COLBY - describes mentality of those who decided not to destroy poisons.] Colby says decision to keep poisons made in technology services division, headed by Sidney Gottlieb. [Senator Howard BAKER - asks what volume of records destroyed and who authorized it.] [COLBY - says there was memo. of agreement between Gottlieb and Richard Helms.] Helms listened in audience; he'll testify Wednesday Retired head of chemical branch, Dr. Nathan Gordon, admits he and subordinate locked poisons away. Didn't think President order applied to CIA. Gordon refuses to allow recording of testimony. Says he hated to see toxins go down drain after all that work.
REPORTER: Daniel Schorr