1976 January 29

House Suppresses Pike Committee Report on CIA Abuses

 

The U.S. House of Representatives on this day voted to not release the Pike Committee report on abuses by the intelligence agencies. The Committee was established on February 19, 1975, and its Senate counterpart, the Church Committee, was created on January 27, 1975. Both committees uncovered abuses of the rights of Americans by the CIA, the FBI, and the National Security Agency (NSA).The main points of the report had already been leaked to the press, notably to The New York Times. Public outrage over CIA abuses was fueled by a sensational Times story on CIA spying on Americans, published on December 22, 1974.

A leaked summary of the Pike Committee report, provided by reporter Daniel Schorr, was published by The Village Voice on February 16, 1976, under the headline, “The Report on the CIA that President Ford Doesn’t Want You to Read.” The Pike Committee report has never been released. The Church Committee reports were released and are still a valuable source of information about the intelligence agencies (see below).

Learn more: Daniel Schorr, Staying Tuned: A Life in Journalism (2001)

Read Daniel Schorr’s FBI file: http://vault.fbi.gov/daniel-schorr

You can at least read the Senate Church Committee report on the intelligence agencies: http://www.aarclibrary.org/publib/contents/church/contents_church_reports.htm

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