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Intelligence Agencies / Reform #41776

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 18, 1976
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(Studio) President Ford's press conference last night with regard to taming United States intelligence agencies considered. Specifics spelled out today.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(White House) Pictures of President Ford at work shown. Plans calls for prison sentence for government employees who leak classified information Other provisions: assassination of foreign leaders in peacetime to be illegal; laws re: surveillance and mail opening to be tightened. George Bush, new CIA director, holds news briefing. In charge of 3-man president committee on foreign intelligence. [BUSH - speaks of responsibility of President to Congress for actions in this field.] CIA director testifies before Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where Hubert Humphrey approves idea of consolidating Congress information re: intelligence in one committee [HUMPHREY - believes committee overhaul is appropriate.] Otis Pike believes secrecy efforts unbalanced. [PIKE - believes secrecy label should not be coverup for a secret war.] Points in plan, such as outlawing use of human beings in drug experiments without their knowledge, noted. President still able to pump money abroad and subvert govts. without first letting Congress know.
REPORTER: Tom Jarriel

Jarriel, Tom;
Reasoner, Harry

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