THE CONGRESS: Cloak & Naggers

The Central Intelligence Agency's privileged hush-hush irritates many a Congressman, and Montana's well-meaning Senator Mike Mansfield had little diffi culty in finding 34 co-sponsors last January for his resolution proposing a joint congressional watchdog committee over CIA. Said Mansfield thoughtfully: "If we accept this idea of secrecy for secrecy's sake, we will have no way of knowing whether we have a fine intelligence service or a very poor one."

Last week, when the bill came up for debate, Mansfield ran into a cold stone wall. Georgia's Dick Russell lamented that secrets told Senators in executive session generally trickle to the...

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