In 1975, Senator Frank Church (D-Idaho) appeared on 'Meet the Press' and raised serious concerns about the capabilities of the United States intelligence community.  As the chairman of the Church Committee, which was a senate probe into government intelligence activities, he notes the dual importance of gathering data on potential enemies of the nation while respecting the privacy of American citizens.  Though almost forty years have passed, the recent controversy surrounding Edward Snowden makes these remarks as relevant as ever. Church was quoted as saying, “In examining the CIA's past and present use of the U.S. media, the Committee finds two reasons for concern. The first is the potential, inherent in covert media operations, for manipulating or incidentally misleading the American public. The second is the damage to the credibility and independence of a free press which may be caused by covert relationships with the U.S. journalists and media organizations.”

I remember the Church Hearings, but foolishly ignored them as Senator Church was a liberal Democrat on all other matters. In todays world I would have to concur with the Church hearings furthure supported by the facts exposed by those hearings went nowhere.

As recently as 12/14/21, Senator Frank Church was featured on the Tucker Carlson show in relation to the shady goings on in our government's security sector today.

The Intelligence Gathering Debate (3:00)