CONGRESS: The Big-Mouth Problems

"Once the dust has settled and the CIA is no longer Page One news, many members are likely to lose interest. Closed-door meetings don't allow Congressmen to make speeches or issue press releases or titillate their constituents with inside stories." So argues Democratic Representative Les Aspin of Wisconsin. His cynical point is that a congressional committee to oversee CIA operations would be a washout in five years because its members would lose their enthusiasm as soon as the CIA was no longer a big story.

Aspin may be right, but last week...

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