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Solly Mack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-11-08 04:23 PM
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3. Here's a good link from my favorites

Oct. 13, 1975

New Chapter in Pike's Progress

"On President Ford's orders, the CIA had refused to produce the documents for Pike's committee investigating U.S. intelligence, so the committee subpoenaed them. The CIA then ignored the subpoena, so Pike's committee voted 10-3 to ask the support of the full House in forcing the CIA to obey. Implicit in that vote was the threat of a contempt citation against CIA Director William Colby.

Weighing those warnings and threats, President Ford decided to compromise. He ordered Colby to turn over the seven-in.-high pile of documents on three conditions: 1) no public disclosure of the material before a consultation with the CIA; 2) any dispute over a document's release to be refereed by the White House; and 3) a presidential decision not to release a document for security reasons would be binding, unless the committee chose to go to court. Pike thought that compromise reasonable enough, and his committee voted to accept it.

Critical Memo. The Congressman then took aim at his next target: Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. In questioning State Department Official Thomas D. Boyatt, about Boyatt's criticism of intelligence failures during the Cyprus invasion, Pike found that the witness had been forbidden to answer key questions. Reason: Kissinger was insisting that no State Department officials below the rank of Assistant Secretary should ever testify on the formation of policy, only on the "facts" of such policies. The State Department justified that ban as a defense against McCarthyite harassment of policymakers, but Pike called it "preposterous." His committee thereupon voted 9-2 to subpoena Boyatt's critical memo on Cyprus."



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