INTELLIGENCE: A Watchdog at Last

For a while it looked as if all the investigations, all the headlines, all the public agonizing over U.S. intelligence abuses would come to nothing. The vexing question was whether the 15-month inquiry conducted by Frank Church's Senate Select Committee would lead to the creation of a truly effective congressional committee with oversight powers on the intelligence agencies. But for the efforts of a few Senators who dug in their heels—Majority Leader Mike Mansfield, Government Operations Committee Chairman Abraham Ribicoff and California's Alan Cranston among them —the answer might well have...

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