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Intelligence Reorganization / Ford / Reaction / Board #487101

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 18, 1976
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(Studio) President Ford reveals plans for reorg. of intelligence agencies.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Most of program instituted by executive order. Plan bans: information on domestic activities; use of tax returns; infiltration of domestic groups and illegal cooperation with police. Ford wants power to use electronic and physical surveillance in cases of national security and power to open mail; both with court warrant [Senator Frank CHURCH - says this is not government of exec. orders but of laws that should be written by Congress] CIA Director George Bush confers with Senators [Senator Hubert H. HUMPHREY - says Congress must come to grips with law as it relates to classified secrets and leaks. Mustn't violate const. protections.] [Assistant to counselor to President Mike DUVAL - says under executive order, problems must be reported to oversight committee Will be reported to Attorney General if it's against law.]
REPORTER: Ford Rowan

(Studio) Senator Mike Mansfield calls plan good step in right direction. Speaker House Carl Albert says plan seemed like good idea. Senator Walter Mondale agrees with plan, but feels reforms should be written into law. Oversight committee to monitor performance of all intelligence operations. Chairperson of new board is career diplomat, Robert Murphy.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Murphy's diplomatic and political career noted. [MURPHY - cites instance in which influencing foreign cntrys. is permissible. Best interests of government should be promoted.] Econ. and attorney, Leo Cherne, another board mbr. [CHERNE - says covert operations outside United States don't violate any laws. Bd. won't be responsible for deciding which covert activity not appropriate.] Ex-Secretary Army Stephen Ailes is only Democrat on board Says must be convinced any covert operation worth doing. Some question value of bd. Rptd. Murphy once said United States should have assassinated North Vietnam leaders Murphy doesn't recall saying that.
REPORTER: Marilyn Benger

Benger, Marilyn;
Chancellor, John;
Rowan, Ford

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