In Washington on Monday (13 January), Vice-President Nelson Rockefeller pledged to get to the bottom of allegations that the Central Intelligence Agency illegally spied on American citizens.
GV & SV Swearing-in of an eight-man commission (3 shots)
SCU Woman justice initiating oath-taking
GV & SV Rockefeller with members of the commission at meeting (2 shots)
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SV & GV Commission seated at conference table (2 shots)
SV C.I.A. Chief William Colby leaving
NARRATOR: "Rockefeller and his eight-men commission have but three months to conduct their investigations of C.I.A. activities to report back on problems that have troubled government leaders since the day the C.I.A. began. Rockefeller said the probe would answer whether or not the intelligence agency had exceeded statutory authority. The Committee's answer to that question will have to contain an indication of just how much oversight of the C.I.A. can be tolerated."
SEQ 4: ROCKEFELLER: "This commission has but one objective--to get to the bottom of this problem. We want to conduct this inquiry with determination and with thoroughness. And we want to get all the facts. We can have, and we must have, an intelligence system--service--capability which is essential towards the security of the nation without offending the liberty of the people. This commission begins its work today from this vital premise."
NARRATOR: "With the swearing-in and opening ceremony complete, the panel began meeting in closed session. The commission is only one of a number of groups working on the charges of domestic spying by the C.I.A. As many as four different Congressional committees have announced intentions to investigate. First witness for the panel was C.I.A. Chief William Colby. He had conducted his own study of the alleged spying just after it was first revealed. This is Charles Gibson in Washington."
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REPORTER: CHARLES GIBSON
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Background: In Washington on Monday (13 January), Vice-President Nelson Rockefeller pledged to get to the bottom of allegations that the Central Intelligence Agency illegally spied on American citizens.
Mr. Rockefeller was speaking before the first closed-door session of his newly-formed commission, shortly after a swearing-in ceremony. He said they would conduct the inquiry with determination and thoroughness.
The C.I.A.'s present Director, Mr. William Colby, was among the first witnesses called by the panel at its first session on Monday.
President Fort set up the Commission following a New York Times report that the C.I.A. conducted widespread domestic spying during the 1960's, in violation of its charter limiting it to overseas activities.
There are at least four different Congressional committees which have announced their intentions to investigate these allegations.