1954 February 18

CIA Not Required to Report Criminal Conduct


President Dwight Eisenhower’s Justice Department and the CIA reached a secret agreement on this day that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) would not be required to report possible criminal activity by its employees to the Justice Department.

The agreement was ended by President Gerald Ford’s administration, on February 18, 1976, partly as a consequence of the Church Committee revelations about secret and illegal CIA activity. See the creation of the Church Committee on January 27, 1975.

Read the Church Committee reports on the CIA, the FBI, and other agencies: http://www.aarclibrary.org/publib/contents/church/contents_church_reports.htm

Learn more: Tim Weiner, Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA (2007)

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