The CIA and Congress: The Untold Story from Truman to Kennedy / Edition 1

The CIA and Congress: The Untold Story from Truman to Kennedy / Edition 1

by David M. Barrett
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University Press of Kansas

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The CIA and Congress: The Untold Story from Truman to Kennedy / Edition 1

Barrett (political science, Villanova U.) frames relations between the US Congress and the Central Intelligence Agency in terms of the tensions between wishing to prevent any more Pearl Harbors and dreading the rise of an American Gestapo. Tracing these relations from the creation of the national security state under Truman to the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion, his narrative examines how Congress has attempted to monitor, finance, and control the agency. He finds that conventional wisdom regarding the relationship was correct in that legislative oversight was not comprehensive, CIA involvement in domestic affairs was kept hidden from Congress, and Congress tended to defer to presidents and CIA officials on crucial intelligence issues. However he argues that the conventional wisdom was wrong or incomplete in other ways, contending that congressional oversight was not passive or static and that Congress was often hawkish about covert action. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780700614004
Publisher: University Press of Kansas
Publication date: 09/28/2005
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 542
Product dimensions: 6.66(w) x 9.62(h) x 1.78(d)

Table of Contents

List of Acronyms
Introduction: First Hidden, Then Lost
Part 1. The Truman Era, 1947-1952
No "American Gestapo, " But "No More Pearl Harbors"
Initial Oversight: Budgets and Covert Action
"A South American Pearl Harbor"
The Soviet A-Bomb: "We Apparently Don't Have the Remotest Idea"
Communists and "Perverts" in the CIA
Korea: "No Better Today Than on December 7, 1941"
The "Dirty Business"
CIA Subcommittees, Intelligence Roles, and Budgets
"We Don't Let Just Anybody Look at Our Files"
"There Will Be No Changes"
Part 2. The Eisenhower Era, 1953-1960
Getting "Taberized"
Guatemala: "Sterilizing the Red Infection"
Mr. Mansfield Goes to the Senate
Joseph McCarthy: The CIA's Other Would-Be Overseer
"You, Who Championed Our Cause"
Barons Restored
"Dodging Dead Cats"
"They Have to Have a Building"
The New Mansfield Resolution: Two Surprises
"We Have a History of Underestimation"
Hungary and the Suez: "We Had a Very Good Idea, Senator"
An Early "Year of Intelligence"?
"I Cannot Always Predict When There Is Going to Be a Riot"
Iraq: "Our Intelligence Was Just Plain Lousy"
Return to the Missile Gap
From the Pforzheimer Era to the Warner Era
Subordinating Intelligence?
In and Out of Hearing Rooms
"Who Are Our Liquidators?"
"I'd Like to Tell Him to His Face What I Think about Him"
U-2: "We Have Felt These Operations Were Appropriate"
Pouring Oil on Fire
"Their Answer to That Demand": Congressional Paternity?
"My Opinion of the CIA Went Skyrocketing"
Part 3. Cuba, the CIA, and Congress: 1960-1961
Castro: "This Fellow Is Bad and Ought to Go"
"What is the Rationale behind That?"
"I Agree That You Had to Replace Dulles"
Afterword: Alarms
Selected Bibilography

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