In Washington the Secretary of Defence, Mr Melvin Laird, and Senator William Fulbright clashed yesterday (Friday, December the 11th) at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing.
LV State Department (2 shots)
LV Congressional Committee in session (SOF) (Fulbright speaking)
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FULBRIGHT: "It stated that there was no failure of intelligence. If there was no failure of intelligence then you knew there were no prisoners there. You can't have it both ways. Either you had a failure of intelligence or you knew they weren't there.
LAIRD: Mr Chairman, if you know the kind of intelligence techniques that an be used other than a camera technique, or actually landing people in advance, I would like to know what it is. The situation was such that... BOTH MEN SPEAKING AT THE SAME TIME.
LAIRD:.....I was convinced that the risk was worth taking, and I was convinced that it was time to show as far as the world was concerned, as far as our country was concerned, that we did care about..... BOTH MEN SPEAKING
FULBRIGHT: .....Mr Secretary that's the purpose I think maybe you had in mind...(indistinct) It was solely the Department of Defence intelligence that supplied you this perfect intelligence, wasn't it? You did not consult the C.I.A.
LAIRD: As far as the intelligence was concerned, all intelligence agencies were consulted for all information and intelligence information was taken from all agencies before the decision was made by me, or by the President of the United States.
FULBRIGHT: I think that is not a very accurate response, with all deference, because it's been reported by several sources, and I personally asked the director of the C.I.A. if he had been consulted about the raid itself, and he said no.
LAIRD: Well I don't believe that can quite be the case because the director of the Central Intelligence Agency was fully briefed and fully advised...
FULBRIGHT: Well, Mr Secretary one other thing has come up in last night's, the President's statement, and also in your testimony. With regard to this understanding that we should continue reconnaissance missions over North Vietnam. What evidence is there to your knowledge that there was such an understanding on the part of the North Vietnamese at the time of the bombing halt of October, 1968.
LAIRD: The evidence is the evidence which was given to me as Secretary of Defence by the prior administration. The understandings want to be discounted and thrown out, then the bombings to the North would eventually follow.
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Background: In Washington the Secretary of Defence, Mr Melvin Laird, and Senator William Fulbright clashed yesterday (Friday, December the 11th) at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing. Senator Fulbright is chairman of the Committee.
The committee was conducting a hearing into the Administration's foreign aid request for 155 million dollars (65 million pounds Sterling) in new military and economic aid to the Cambodian Government.