INTELLIGENCE: Examining the Examiners

Democratic Senator William Proxmire of Wisconsin complained to reporters that President Ford's commission to investigate the Central Intelligence Agency was "very one-sided." Republican Senator Richard Schweiker of Pennsylvania questioned whether "a panel so dominated by those oriented to Government and the military intelligence establishment can render an independent judgment."

So it went last week for the eight prominent Americans named by Ford to investigate charges that the CIA conducted a massive—and illegal—domestic spying operation against thousands of Americans in the 1950s and 1960s. In particular, the liberal critics challenged Ford's choice...

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