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[,f/ STATEMENT OF SENA.TCR MIKE MANSFIELD-- July IS, 1953.
JOINT CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE ON
Mr. President: Because of the very nature of the Central Intelli-gence
Agency, I think that it is imperative that a Joint Congressional Com-mittee
be established for the purpose of making continued studies of the
activities of the Central Intelligence Agency and problems related to the
gathering of intelligence affecting the national security. I feel that there
should be a Joint Congressional Committee authorized, and that the CIA
should, as a matter of law, keep that Committee fully and currently in-formed
with respect to its activities. All bills, resolutions, and other
matters in the Senate or in the House of Representatives relating primarily
to the CIA, should be referred to the Joint Committee; and the Joint Committee
should, from time to time, make whatever reports are necessary to the Con-gress
concerning its relationship with the CIA.
The bill, which I have introduced, would establish a Joint Com-mittee,
composed of nine members of the Senate to be appointed by the
President of the Senate and nine members of the House of Representatives
to be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives. In each
instance, not more than five members shall be of the same political party.
The Joint Committee or any duly authori:r.ed subcommittee thereof
would be authorized to hold such hearings, to sit and act at such places and
times, to require, by subpena or otherwise, the attendance of such witnesses
and the production of such books, papers, and documents, to administer such
oaths, to take such testimony, to procure such printing and binding, and make
such expenditures as it deems advisable. The Committee is, in addition,
empowered to appoint its staff; and is authorized to utilize the services, in-formation,
facilities , and personnel of the departments and establishments of
Mr. President, in my opinion, the CIA is in somewhat the same
category as the Atomic Energy Commission; and just as a special committee,
with well defined authority and powers has been created on a joint congressional
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baab to overaee and supervise the interests of the AEC, so I believe ahould
a Joint Congresaional Committee be created for the aame purpose in connection
with the CIA. I realize full well, because of the very nature of the dutiea
of the CIA, that there has been no public scrutiny of its activities. This
may be necessary in this day and age, but I do believe that a Joint Congressional
Committee should be created for the purpose of seeing that good
management is maintained in the CIA and also to keep a constant check on its
intelligence policies. It is well too that this Joint Committee should be in a
position to criticize any mistakes which the CIA may ma!
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