January 10, 2008

Book Review - CIA and Congress

The CIA and Congress: The Untold Story from Truman to Kennedy
David M. Barrett
JK 468 .I6 B38 2005

Barrett hopes to clarify misunderstandings and false assumptions about the relationship between the Central Intelligence Agency and Congress. While many people believe that the CIA is allowed to act nearly independently, Barrett proves that since its establishment, Congress has exercised a tremendous amount of oversight of the agency and has, in fact, pushed the CIA to expand its intelligence gathering and even spying activities against American adversaries. Barrett documents Congressional criticism of the CIA in its failure to anticipate Soviet weapons testing, space program advances, and expansion of Communist thought. This book, extensively researched and fascinating in its own right, provides historical background for American intelligence activities today.