The Nation: New Chapter in Pike's Progress

"It's time Congress faced up to its responsibilities," New York's Democratic Representative Otis Pike declared last week, adding with typical Pikean acerbity, "I'm not so sure Congress wants to face up to its responsibilities." Pike, however, was fully ready.

At issue: the CIA documents on its failure to predict the Communists' surprise Tet offensive in Viet Nam in 1968. On President Ford's orders, the CIA had refused to produce the documents for Pike's committee investigating U.S. intelligence, so the committee subpoenaed them. The CIA then ignored the subpoena, so Pike's committee voted 10-3 to...

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