Inside the CIA, the documents were referred to as "skeletons" from the agency's closet. But another name quickly caught on and stuck: "Family jewels."
as a way of demonstrating the CIA's accountability. "The collection was reviewed exhaustively by the Rockefeller Commission and congressional committees in the 1970s," he said. "Moreover, many of the documents have been released to the public on prior occasions."
In May 1973, Schlesinger ordered "all senior operating officials of this agency to report to me immediately on any activities now going on, or that have gone on the past, which might be construed to be outside the legislative charter of this agency." The law establishing the CIA barred it from conducting spying inside the United States.
Hunt had worked for a secret "plumbers' unit" in Nixon's White House. The unit, originally set up to investigate and end leaks of classified information, ultimately engaged in a wide range of misconduct.
government agencies, shows some deleted portions in blank boxes, at the National Security Archives, Tuesday, June 26, 2007, in Washington. citizens.
Last week, the director of Central Intelligence, Michael Hayden, told a conference of historians that "the documents provide a glimpse of a very different time and a very different agency."
"Illegal?" Burr said. "I don't know but certainly irregular and controversial. and outside of (the CIA's) mission."
The result was the 693 pages of memos that arrived after Schlesinger had moved to the Pentagon and been replaced as CIA chief by William Colby. Colby ultimately reported the contents to the Justice Department.
These documents were also one of the products of the Watergate scandal that led to President Richard Nixon's resignation.
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The panels spent years investigating and amplifying on these documents. And their public reports in the mid 1970s filled tens of thousands of pages. The scandal sullied the reputation of the intelligence community and led to new rules for the CIA, the FBI and other spy agencies, and new permanent committees in Congress to oversee them.
Among the more famous misdeeds was the Castro plot in 1960. In August that year, the CIA recruited a former FBI agent, Robert Maheu, to approach a Chicago mobster, John Roselli, and pass himself off as the representative of international corporations who wanted Castro killed. Roselli introduced Maheu to "Sam Gold" and "Joe," who were actually Sam Giancana, Al Capone's successor in Chicago, and Santo Trafficante, Jr., the mob boss in Florida.
The NSA had expected the documents to shed more light on the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office's alleged agreement with the CIA to experiment with the agency's lie detector tests Omega Seamaster 300 Spectre Limited Edition
The initial request was filed with the CIA in 1992, said Bill Burr, a senior analyst with the NSA.
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on job applicants, according to Burr. But dozens of pages in the 693 page report are blank, and it's possible that information pertaining to the sheriff's connection with the CIA was kept classified.
The memo, a thumbnail sketch of the CIA misadventures detailed more fully in the recently released documents, led historians to expect that the just declassified documents would provide further revelations regarding the CIA's involvement with the county's Sheriff's Office. But a preliminary look at the just declassified documentsrevealed no further information.
Such polygraph tests were developed in part by the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office in the early 1970s, according to documents obtained by the San Mateo County Times.
The documents also provided information on tapping journalists' phones, spying on demonstrators who supported civil rights or opposed the Vietnam War, opening private mail between the United States and the Soviet Union or China, breaking into the homes of former CIA employees and administering lie detector tests to State Department employees to test their loyalty.
of San Mateo, California polygraphed certain applicants for employment in an experiment to test effectiveness of the polygraph," wrote Associate Deputy Attorney General James A. Wilderotter after meeting with CIA Director William Colby and CIA general counsel John Warner in 1974.
Moreover, he added, the admission implies that "the CIA must have thought it was problematic."
CIA's 'family jewels' reveal misdeeds
The CIA gave them six poison pills, and they tried unsuccessfully for several months to have several people put them in the Cuban leader's food.
The Sheriff's Office could neither confirm nor deny participation in the activities described in the memo by press time.
This particular Omega Blue Strap plot was dropped after the failed CIA sponsored invasion of Cuba at the Bay of Pigs, but other plots continued against Castro. Details of this plot first appeared in Jack Anderson's newspaper column in 1971.
The 693 pages, mostly drawn from the memories of active CIA officers in 1973, were turned over at that time to three different investigative panels: President Gerald Ford's Rockefeller Commission, the Senate's Church Committee and the House's Pike Committee.
The CIA director under Nixon, James Schlesinger, was angered to read in the newspapers that the CIA had provided support to former CIA agents E. Howard Hunt and James McCord, who were convicted in the Watergate break in.
"These are the top CIA officers all going into the confessional and saying, 'Forgive me, father, for I have sinned,' " said Thomas Blanton, director of the private National Security Archive (NSA), which had requested release of the documents under the Freedom of Information Act.
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