CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 18, 1976
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(Studio) President Ford begins reorg. of United States intelligence agencies.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Ford signs proposed reforms and holds briefings. Proposals ban: illegal mail opening and infiltration of domestic orgs.; drug experiments without knowledge of subjects, and assassination of foreign leaders Ford calls for laws making it federal crime for government workers to leak classified intelligence information He prefers 1 joint congress oversight committee and feels it's not necessary to inform then of all covert operations. Representatives say citizen's board will strengthen safeguards against misuse of agency. [CIA Director George BUSH - says reforms create check on President before operation gets to him.] [Assistant to counselor to President Michael DUVAL - says President set up rules for what agencies mustn't do. Any deviation must go through oversight board If it's illegal, board must report it to Attorney General] President wants Robert Murphy, 81, to head review board Mbrs. are: ex-Army Secretary Stephen Ailes, 63, and ex-legal adviser to General Doug. MacArthur, Leo Cherne, 63. [CHERNE - says CIA has done fine job in most respects. Not enough attention to successes though failure; this factor shouldn't be swept under rug.] Bush explains plan to Senate Foreign Relations Committee [Senator Hubert H. HUMPHREY - says joint committee on national security can perform useful function. Committee structure in Congress out of date.] [Chairperson Senate Intelligence Committee Frank CHURCH - says this isn't government of executive orders. Laws should be written by Congress with regard to secret agencies.] Reform considered good pols.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer