Independent from Long Beach, California on January 20, 1975 · Page 11
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Struggle seen on makeup of committee to spying By SEYMOUR M HERSH New York Times Service WASHINGTON-A bit- terJtattle over the future approach of the Senate,to its obligation to oversee 'all Of the nation's foreign and domestic intelligence activities reaches a climax this week inside the Senate Democratic .caucus. Key senators and aides ·'/acknowledged-in interviews Sunday that the 60 , members of the caucus would vote strongly today in favor of the establishment of a nine-member bipartisan select committee--similar to the one set up to i n v e s t i g a t e the W a t e r g a t e a f f a i r -- t o ·undertake a two-year study of the nation's intelligence agencies. The key dispute will not come over the necessity 'for such a committee, the sources said, but over the question of who will serve on it. . For the past week, Sen. ; John C. Stennis, D-Miss., '.: wh° traditionally has been the dominant figure in ".Senate inquiries on defense and national securi- 'ty, issues, has been rally- r'iiyg support for his .- proposal--to be considered at the caucus--that membership on the bipartisan c o m m i t t e e be limited to those senators now serving on the Senate Armed Services, Appropriations or Foreign Relations Committees. Those committees already have responsibility for dealing w i t h n a t i o n a l security issues. Sen. Alan Cranston, D- Calif., who was said by m a n y sources to h a v e played a key role in the liberal lobbying for the bipartisan select committee, acknowledged in a telephone conversation t h a t conservative Demo- c r a t s , le'd by Stennis, "have given up" in their efforts to p r e v e n t the formation of the bipartisan group. " W i t h o u t question," Cranston said, "we will set up a select committee. The only q u e s t i o n is whether we can prevent the caucus from mandating that the members of the select committee must come f r o m committees t h a t already h a v e jurisdiction over intelligence issue--and haven't kept trakc," "I've been unable to count heads on that," the senator a d d e d , "but I have a feeling that we can beat it." Baker claims he started CIA ' 'NASHVILLE, Tenn. '.(UPI) - Sen. Howard Baker, R-Tenn., said Sunday he doesn't "mean to be immodest," but his work with the Senate W a t e r g a t e committee i n v e s t i g a t i n g alleged domestic spying by the CIA kicked off the current ' probe of the agency. . S a y i n g h i s i n q u i r y showed the CIA "just reeked of domestic operations," Baker called for a 14-member joint congressional committee to conduct its own investigation of the agency. He said he would like to serve on ;such a panel. · In an interview published in the Sunday Nash' ville Tennessean, the Republican lawmaker re' called that he and his s t a f f had .investigated possible CIA' connections with the Watergate scandal. "I launched the inquiry and have written the report that suggested there .was domestic surveillance," Baker said. "I don't mean to be immodest, but I started it all up." ' He said he would be "anxious to see" the ex- · tent of any CIA domestic activity. Baker, vice chairman of the Watergate committee, said he did not know what Pravda pokes cartoon fun at probe of CIA MOSCOW (UPI) -' The Communist P a r t y news'. paper P r a v d a Sunday .printed a cartoon spoofing : .the U.S. Central Intelli- ·· gence Agency. 'r The cartoon showed ' ' b l a c k - c o a t e d a g e n t s , forming the Russian initials for CIA, watching two men. The agents had a camera, earphones and . a telescope. The two other men are in the foreground with a "newspaper reporting allegations of CIA domestic ' spying. One says to the other: "Oh, them-they are CIA agents s p y i n g on m e m - bers of the commission which is investigating CIA activities," Princeton boosts tuition to $5,800 PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) _ The trustees of Princeton University have approved the largest student fee increases in the school's history, ra' sm 8 undergraduate charges to $5,800 for the coming academic year, the university announced Sunday. Undergraduate costs, including tuition, room and board, are $5,175 for the current academic year. probe legal action could be taken if it were proved there was extensive domestic activity by the agency. He said any probe of the agency should be "orderly and centralized." "I'm not an enemy of the CIA. I have a hard time sometimes trying to convince people t h a t I d o n ' t h a v e a vendetta going against them. But 1 don't. "The agency needs to be saved. It needs to be kept. There is a great need for it to flourish," Baker said. Other Senate sources described the efforts led by Stennis to be, as one put it, "a last-ditch effort" by the consprvatives to maintain some control ·over the pending inquiry into the CIA and other intelligence services. "They know they can't stop the bipartisan committee," one key aide said, "so they're going to try toemasculate.it." Senate sources said that at least one senior Democrat who normally would be expected to support Stennis in the caucus- Sen. John J. Sparkman of Alabama, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee--would not attend Monday's meeting. A staff aide to Sparkman subsequently confirmed that the senator was planning to leave Washington this morning to fulfill a speaking commitment. Another source also said that Sen. John L. McClellan of 'Arkansas, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and its subcommittee on intelligence, also might not attend the caucus. An aide to the senator said Sunday that McClellan, a strong defender of national security measures, had been ill. Stennis also was reli- a b l y reported to h a v e begun negotiations w i t h Sen. Hugh Scott of Pennsylvania, the m i n o r i t y leader, over both the makeup of the proposed committee and plans for Senate action after the caucus voting. The measure authorizing the bipartisan panel, which was originally sub- m i t t e d by Sen. M i k e Mansfield of Montana, the majority leader, and Sen. Charles Mcc. Mathis Jr., R-Md. will be sent 1 to the Senate floor for passage after its approval by the Democratic c a u c u s , it such approval is voted. "There may be an effort to change the committee on the floor with the aide of some Republicans," Cranston said. He added that Stennis' work with Scott "obviously is for future efforts." Nonetheless, Cranston said he was convinced that any.measure authorized by the Democratic caucus would be approved without significant modification in the Senate. In another development, an aide to Rep. Lucien N. Nedzi, chairman of the House armed services intelligence s u b c o m m i t tee, said that hearings into the CIA's alleged domestic spying-- initially scheduled to begin today--had been delayed at least a week by the reorganization now under way in the House. CIA Director William E. Colby and Richard Helms, the ambassador to Iran who served as CIA director from 1966 until 1973, are scheduled to be the first witnesses. am/EBTISEMENT WhyDo You Have A Poor Memory? 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