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The Mouse That Roared

State Department Intelligence in the Vietnam War The smallest U.S. intelligence agency is the Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR) at the State Department. Tiny compared to the CIA, NSA, and other agencies, INR nevertheless played a key role in U.S. intelligence on Vietnam. This article explores the origins of INR, tells about some of its key personalities, details its arrangements to compile reports on Vietnam; and discusses its contributions on central issues, including whether the war was being won, the probability of Chinese intervention, effectiveness of U.S. bombing of North Vietnam, the Gulf of Tonkin Incident, the Tet Offensive, and North Vietnamese use of Cambodia. Continue reading More Info »
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Intelligence Oversight: A Mess

Intelligence Oversight: A Mess
Intelligence Oversight: A Mess
This essay reviews the story of congressional oversight of intelligence back to the 1960s and shows there has been an ebb and flow in the monitoring of CIA and NSA operations. The cycle has repeated itself since the early days and oversight today reflects excessive deference to intelligence agency attitudes. More Info »
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Hot Documents: Circusmaster Cheney and the Church Committee

Hot Documents: Circusmaster Cheney and the Church Committee
Hot Documents: Circusmaster Cheney and the Church Committee
Dick Cheney worked for President Gerald R. Ford as his deputy assistant, under Donald Rumsfeld. Cheney became the point man in responding to the spy scandals of 1975, when a public firestorm, ignited by revelations of CIA domestic spying, led to investigations of U.S. intelligence agencies in both the Senate More Info »
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Hot Documents: Church Committee Access to CIA Records

Hot Documents: Church Committee Access to CIA Records
Hot Documents: Church Committee Access to CIA Records
March 15, 2014--Amid the swirling allegations of whether Dianne Feinstein and the Senate intelligence committee took a CIA document, or whether they had a proper right to it, the hidden central issue is what terms Feinstein's committee and the CIA agreed upon for their access to agency records. The important stakes involved More Info »
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Hot Document : Today as Yesterday-Pike Recommendations

Hot Document : Today as Yesterday-Pike Recommendations
Hot Document : Today as Yesterday-Pike Recommendations
March 6, 2014-- This document presents the draft recommendations of the congressional investigation of U.S. intelligence by the Pike Committee of the House of Representatives which the Ford administration found so threatening. See my yesterday "CIA Bamboozles Congress--Again" for an analysis of the parallels between 1975, when Representative Pike's paper originated, and events today. More Info »
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Bush Torture Documents

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Product Tag: CIA
This selection of documents from CIA records shows that during the period from 2002 to 2004 the Central Intelligence Agency was very nervous about perceptions of the legality of its torture programs and their accountability to government officials. Vice-President Dick Cheney emerges from these records as a major player. White More Info »
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American Views of the Central Office for South Vietnam

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In the Vietnam war a shadowy enemy headquarters, the “Central Office for South Vietnam,” controlled National Liberation Front forces in the southern theater. Whether this “COSVN” represented the Liberation Front high command, or was an appendage of the North Vietnamese army remained a question for U.S. commanders. This article examines what American experts and intelligence officials said and wrote about COSVN during the war. Continue reading More Info »
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