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Rockefeller Commission Appendices

Rockefeller Commission Appendices

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Appendix I
Executive Order
ESTABLISHING A COMMISSION ON CIA ACTIVITIES

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES

The Central Intelligence Agency as created by the K ational Security Act of 1947 fulfills intelligence functions vital to the security of our nation, and many of its activities must necessarily be carried out in

secrecy. Such ncti,·ities are

neverthaless subject to statutory limitations. I have determined that in order to ensure scrupulous compliance with these statutory limitations. while
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Appendix I
Executive Order
ESTABLISHING A COMMISSION ON CIA ACTIVITIES

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES

The Central Intelligence Agency as created by the K ational Security Act of 1947 fulfills intelligence functions vital to the security of our nation, and many of its activities must necessarily be carried out in

secrecy. Such ncti,·ities are

neverthaless subject to statutory limitations. I have determined that in order to ensure scrupulous compliance with these statutory limitations. while

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AppendixI
Executive
Order
ESTABLISHING
A
COMMISSIONON
CIAACTIVITIES
WITHINTHE
UNITED
STATES
TheCentralIntelligenceAgencyascreated
by
the
K
ational
Security
Actof1947fulfillsintelligencefunctionsvitaltothesecurityofournation,andmany
ofitsactivitiesmust
necessarilybe
carried
outin
secrecy.Such
ncti,·itiesare
neverthalesssubjecttostatutorylimita-tions.Ihave
determined
thatinordertoensurescrupulouscompliancewiththesestatutorylimitations.
while
fullyrecognizing
the
statutory
missionsof
t.he
Agency,
it
is
advisable
toestablishaCommissiononCIAActivitieslVithinthe
rnitedStates.
NOW,THEREFORE.
by
virtueof
the
authorityrested
inme
by
theConstitutionandstatutesoftheT'nitedStates,andasPresidentof
theUnitedStates,T
herebyorder
as
follows:
SECTION
1.
EstablishmentoftheUommission.
Thereisherebyestab-lishedaCommissionon
CIA
Activities'WithintheUnitedStates(hereinafterreferredtoasthe"Commission"},tobecomposed
of
aChairmanandothermemberstobeappointedbythePresident.
SECTIOX
2.
FunctionsoftheCommission,
TheCommissionshall:
(a)Ascertain
andevaluate
[my
facts
relating
to
actiritiesconducwd
within
t.hnFnite{lStutes
by
theCentralIntelligenceAgencywhichgiverisetoquestionsofcompliancewiththeprovisionsof50U.S.C.403;(b)Determinewhetherexistingsafeguardsareadequatetopre-ventanyactivitieswhichviolatetheprovisionsof50F.S.C.403;(c)MakesuchrecommendationstothePresidentandtotheDirec-torofCentralIntelligenceastheCommissiondeemsappropriate.
SECTIOX
3.
Cooperation
by
andwithEieecutireDepartments
G1ul
Aqencies.
TheCommissionisauthorizedtorequest,atthedirectionoftheChairman,fromanyexecutivedepartmentoragency,anyinfor-mationandassistancedeemednecessarytocarryoutitsfunctions
(271)
 
272
under
this
order.
Eachdepartmentoragencyshallfurnishsuchinfer-
marionandassistancetotheCommission)totheextentpermitted
by
law.TheCommissionshallfurnish
tD
theAttorneyGeneral
any
evi-
dencefound
by
theCommission
whichrna
y
relateto
offensesunder
thB
gmtutQSor
the
UnitedStat~!l.
SECTION.
4.
(lompensation;PersonnelandFinance.
(a)EachmemberoftheCommission
may
receivecompensationforeach
day
he
or
sheis
engagedupontheworkoftheCommissionat
not
toexceedthe
daily
ratenowOrhereafterprescribedbylawforpersonsandpositionsin
GS-18~
asauthorized
by
lawandmayalsoreceivetravelexpenses,
including
perdieminlieuofsubsistence,asauthorized
by
law
(5
U.S.C.5703)forpersonsinthegovernment
serviceintermittentlyemployed.
(b)TheCommissionshallhaveanExecutiveDirectorwhoshallbe
designawd
by
thePresidentandshallrexivesuchcompensationas
mayhereafter
be
specified.TheCommissionisauthorized
to
appoint
andfixthecompensation
or
suchother
personnelasmay
be
necessary
to
enable
it
to
carryoutitsfunctions,
ana
is
authorized
to
obtain
services
in
accordancewiththeprovisionsof5U.S.C.3109.
(c)Allnecessaryexpensesincurredinconnectionwiththework
oftheCommissionshallbepaidfromtheappropriat-ionfor"Unan-ticipated
Personnel
Needs"P.L.93-331,88Stat.617~
01'
fromsuchotherfundsasmaybeavailable.
SECTION
5.
Admini8tratil:eSerrices.
TheGeneralServices
Admin-
istration
shallprovideadministrative
servicesforthe
Commission
on
areimbursablebasis.
SECTION
6.
ReportandTermination.
TheCommissionshallpresentits
final
report
to
thePresidentnot.laterthanthreemonthsfromthe
dare
of
this
order.
It
shall
terminatewithin
one
month
afte.rpresent-
ing
its
finalreport.
GERAW
R.
FORD.
THEWmTE
HOUSE,
Ja''fluary
4,
1975.
 
AppendixII
Statement
by
thePresident
January
4,197'5
IhavetodayestablishedaCommissiontoascertainandevaluateanyfactsrelatingtoactivitiesconductedwithintheUnitedStatesbytheCentralIntelligenceAgencythatgiverisetoquestions
as
to
whether
theAgencyhas
exceeded
its
statutoryauthority.
I
will
soonbe
naming
adistinguished
group
of
membersto
serveon
this"BlueRibbon"
Panel.
Intheworldinwhichwelive,
besetby
continuing
threats
to
our
nationalsecurity,itisvitalthatwemaintainaneffectiveintelligence
andcDunterintelligencecapability.Thiscapabilityisfundamentalin
providingthesafeguardsthatprotectournationalinterestsandhelp
avertarmed
conflict.TheCentralIntelligenceAgencyhas
hMl
a.
notablerecordofmanysuccesses
in
thisfield,butbynatureofitsoperations,suchsuccessesandachievementscannotbedivulgedpublicly.
It
isessential
in
thisRepublicthat
we
meetoursecurityrequire-mentsandatthetimetimeavoidimpairingourdemocraticinstitu-tionsandfundamentalfreedoms.Intelligenceactivitiesmustbecon-
ducted
consistently
withboth
objectives.
Tothat
end,inaddition
to
askingthepaneltodeterminewhethertheCIAhasexceededitsstatutoryauthority,
I
ha
ve
askedthepaneltodeterminewhetherexistingsafeguardsareadequatetoprecludeAbrencyactivitiesthatmightgobeyonditsauthorityandtomakeappropriaterecommendations.TheCommissionwillimmediatelyhavethebenefitofthereportalreadyfurnishedtome
by
Director
W-E.Colby
ofthe
CIA.
The
JusticeDepartmentis,ofcourse,alsolookingintosuchaspectsofthematterasarewithinitsjurisdiction.IamawareofcurrentplansofvariousCommitteesoftheCon-
gressto
hold
hearings
on
matterssimilar
to
thosewhich
will
be
addressed
by
theCommission.Whetherhearingsareundertaken
by
existingoversightCommittees,orshouldtheCongressdeemajointHouse-SenateCommitteetobethebestapproach
to
avoidaprolifera-

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