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David Barrett

Originally posted October 2005

The CIA and Congress

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It is a commonly-held belief that after Congress created the Central Intelligence Agency in 1947, lawmakers largely just handed the Agency large sums of money, gave it a general mission, and then pretty much stayed out of the picture. But meticulous new research by political scientist David Barrett shows how wrong that belief is. His book The CIA and Congress covers the Agency's first 15 years, up through the Bay of Pigs, and shows just how involved lawmakers really were.

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