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bobthedrummer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-11-08 12:59 PM
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The Pike Committee
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Edited on Tue Mar-11-08 01:10 PM by bobthedrummer
After the Watergate "scandal" there were Congressional investigations into illegal activities by the intelligence and law enforcement communities because it is the duty to have Congressional oversight to protect and defend the rights of US citizens (aka we, the people).

We have a Congress today that is not going to hold accountable an administration that uses war as a policy, tortures, employs mercenaries, has a world-wide secret prison system, conducts massive illegal domestic surveillance, conducts domestic psychological warfare operations and God knows what else.

The oversight role of Congress (in a representational democracy, that=you and me) has been seriously negated. Previous and current suggested reforms of the intelligence and law enforcement communities have been continuously neutralized by an increased para-militarized and privatized component engaged in the administration's "war on terror".

This is a thread about the reforms recommended after the Watergate "scandal"-and a study on the forces that opposed them.

The post-Watergate Senate investigation was chaired by Senator Frank Church (D-Idaho) and known as The Church Committee-most of the various reports and documents from the Church Committee are declassified and available to the public, they have been cited/discussed here for years.

The House investigation began with controversy over leadership, Rep. Lucien Nedzi (D-Michigan) was replaced as Chairman after 5 months by Rep. Otis G. Pike (D-New York)-this House investigation became known as The Pike Committee.

Below are a few links about The Pike Committee, the first is an overview that was authored by the CIA's Agency Historian and head of the CIA History Staff, Gerald K. Haines.

"The Pike Committee Investigations and the CIA" by Gerald K. Haines

Otis G. Pike profile from Spartacus Schoolnet

Kathryn S. Olmsted wrote "Challenging the Secret Government: The Post-Watergate Investigation of the CIA and FBI" (University of North Carolina Press 1996, paper)-Third World Traveler has a page of excerpts from her work which is linked below.

"Counterattack, Unwelcome Truths, Epilogue"

I was unable to find the complete final report and documents of The Pike Committee-it is my understanding that portions are declassified yet the House retains control of the full report and documents.

Some of the report was leaked to the Village Voice which set-off a "national security" furor. Daniel Schorr lost his job at CBS as a result of passing on Pike Committee docs to the Village Voice. has an archived Daniel Brandt article about this aspect of The Pike Committee (and other public disclosure issues).

"Journalism and the CIA: The Mighty Wurlitzer" by Daniel Brandt (NameBase NewsLine #17, April-June 1997)

It is worth noting that George Herbert Walker Bush was Director CIA during this tumultuous period 1975-77.

James Ridgeway wrote an article at the end of 2005 that ties a lot of this together inasmuch as documenting what the failure to implement reform has resulted in.

"The Bush Family Coup" by James Ridgeway (Village Voice 12-27-2005),mondo1,71442,

So, DU, lets discuss some of this.

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  -The Pike Committee bobthedrummer  Mar-11-08 12:59 PM   #0 
  - So, whose heads are on the pikes today, figuratively speaking?  bobthedrummer   Mar-11-08 03:31 PM   #1 
  - Don't often see the Pike Committee brought up  Solly Mack   Mar-11-08 03:35 PM   #2 
  - I wonder why...  bobthedrummer   Mar-13-08 07:24 PM   #9 
     - I'll quote Otis Pike to answer that  Solly Mack   Mar-23-08 05:08 PM   #30 
  - Here's a good link from my favorites  Solly Mack   Mar-11-08 04:23 PM   #3 
  - Thanks Solly. The Pike Committee looked at the FBI too.  bobthedrummer   Mar-11-08 08:13 PM   #4 
     - "It was increasingly discovered that POLICE AGENCIES were keeping INTELLIGENCE FILES on people  bobthedrummer   Mar-12-08 06:51 PM   #6 
  - More about The Pike Committee  bobthedrummer   Mar-11-08 10:12 PM   #5 
  - More about the origin of The Pike Committee  MinM   Mar-18-08 12:47 PM   #19 
     - Thanks for sharing, MinM.  bobthedrummer   Mar-18-08 01:19 PM   #20 
  - Not only was HW at CIA...  hootinholler   Mar-12-08 09:01 PM   #7 
  - "It was increasingly discovered that POLICE AGENCIES were keeping INTELLIGENCE FILES on people for  bobthedrummer   Mar-13-08 01:03 PM   #8 
  - Why do we have a 110th Congress meeting in secret to "debate" illegal domestic surveillance programs  bobthedrummer   Mar-14-08 01:09 PM   #10 
  - kick  L. Coyote   Mar-15-08 10:59 AM   #11 
  - "Happy Fifth Birthday, DHS!" by Ivan Eland (3-15-2008 consortium News)  bobthedrummer   Mar-15-08 03:13 PM   #12 
  - Here's a bit of paradox-we the people know who presides over the FISA  bobthedrummer   Mar-16-08 11:38 AM   #13 
  - By not making sweeping reforms as called for by the suppressed Pike Committee  bobthedrummer   Mar-16-08 04:44 PM   #14 
  - The FBI as a Foreign Intelligence Organization (3-11-2008 Federation of American Scientists blog)  bobthedrummer   Mar-17-08 11:53 AM   #15 
  - "Intelligence Activities And The Rights Of Americans: Final Report  bobthedrummer   Mar-17-08 07:24 PM   #16 
  - Kissinger and Nixon: Duplicity, the Kurds and destabilizing Iraq  bushmeister0   Mar-17-08 07:47 PM   #17 
  - I linked to the Gerald Haines article in the OP-if anyone can  bobthedrummer   Mar-17-08 07:58 PM   #18 
  - John Young's Cryptome posted the complete House Bill on FISA Amendments today  bobthedrummer   Mar-18-08 03:10 PM   #21 
  - Call out for a copy of The Pike Committee's final report...anyone got that?  bobthedrummer   Mar-18-08 11:31 PM   #22 
  - Actually I think I do.  maine_raptor   Mar-19-08 05:50 AM   #23 
  - You may have something worth finding then, maine_raptor-and as for the Internet  bobthedrummer   Mar-19-08 09:27 AM   #24 
  - Wow. You better put on your spelunker hat and get busy finding that.  lonestarnot   Mar-22-08 11:05 AM   #26 
  - Looks like it was printed in England in 1977  suffragette   Mar-20-08 10:21 AM   #25 
  - village voice and maybe NYT  horseshoecrab   Mar-23-08 05:46 PM   #31 
  - I have quite a bit  H2O Man   Mar-23-08 06:09 PM   #33 
     - kick  horseshoecrab   Mar-25-08 09:46 AM   #34 
  - Kick  countryjake   Mar-23-08 07:57 AM   #27 
  - I can't discuss this right now. I am overwhelmed by the seeming futility  donkeyotay   Mar-23-08 09:38 AM   #28 
  - this is the cheney dream govt. - no accountablility to anyone  spanone   Mar-23-08 09:43 AM   #29 
  - Here's another recent example of that fact-from CREW (3-24-2008)  bobthedrummer   Mar-26-08 05:37 PM   #35 
  - kicking  horseshoecrab   Mar-23-08 06:07 PM   #32 

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