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...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!