INTELLIGENCE: New Policemen to Battle Abuses

In 13 months of often hostile scrutiny, two congressional committees have exposed a dismaying variety of abuses by the nation's intelligence agencies. Yet the probes were so haphazardly and sometimes vindictively conducted and so many secrets were leaked that public opinion has appeared to shift back in support of the embattled agencies. In this climate, President Ford seized the initiative last week and ordered the first big overhaul of the agencies since the CIA was created in 1947. The sweeping reorganization conceded little to the agencies' critics. In a 36-page Executive order, the President focused responsibility, clarified lines of...

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