Senate Select Committee on Intelligence

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Alternative names: Select Committee on Intelligence, Select Senate Committee on Intelligence, Intelligence Committee, Church Committee Established on May 19, 1976, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence was preceded by the Church Committee (1975). The Select Committee on Intelligence has jurisdiction to oversee and make continuing studies of the intelligence activities and programs of the United States Government, to submit to the Senate appropriate proposals for legislation and report to the Senate concerning such intelligence activities and programs, and to provide vigilant legislative oversight over the intelligence activities of the United States to assure that such activities are in conformity with the Constitution and laws of the United States.

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    Report on a Review of United States Assistance to Peruvian Counter-Drug Air Interdiction Efforts and the Shootdown of a Civilian Aircraft on April 20, 2001
    (2001-10-01) Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
    The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence conducted an investigation into drug trade prevention capabilities in Peru following the shooting down of a Peruvian aircraft suspected of trafficking drugs. The committee gathered testimony and conducted hearings regarding the shootdown. The committee found that while aircraft interdiction was effective in controlling drug trafficking from Peru, the strategy runs the risk of shooting down innocent planes suspected of trafficking drugs.
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    Committee Activities
    (2001-08-03) Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
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    An Assessment of the Aldrich H. Ames Espionage Case and its Implications for U.S. Intelligence
    (1994-11-01) Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
    The Senate Select Committee investigated the conditions that allowed CIA employee, Aldrich Hazen Ames, to compromise more than 100 intelligence operations over a 9 year period, and provided recommendations to strengthen security measures for counterintelligence operations. One of the largest issues was that counter intelligence functions in the CIA were not prioritized and did not attract high caliber officers, nor did they punish behavioral problems or insubordination. As such, the report recommended implementing promotions and incentives to attract more suitable candidates with better training, alongside enforcing an "up or out" policy that made suitability problems a matter of official record that are taken into account when considering promotions, assignments, or termination. Similarly, Ames had ties to Soviet officials that were reported upon his employment, resulting in a recommendation that the CIA director should revise policies to better supervise, control, coordinate, and document, activities with other officials. Furthermore, the committee advocated for reform in the system used to assign roles and access to intelligence information that would provide more strict oversight and systems of overwatch at multiple levels throughout the process.
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    United States Actions Regarding Iranian and Other Arms Transfers to the Bosnian Army, 1994-1995
    (1996-11-01) Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
    The Senate Committee on Intelligence investigated the allegations that the Clinton Administration secretly gave a green light to convert Iranian arms shipments into Bosnia despite a UN arms embargo. Ultimately, the report recommended that the executive branch make a written record of every significant foreign policy decision, keep the Committee "fully and currently informed" of the substantive content of intelligence that is collected or analyzed by US intelligence agencies, and inform Congress of significant secret changes in US foreign policy.
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    Committee Activities
    (1999-02-03) Senate Select Committee on Intelligence