This Article compares a historical model of congressional intelligence oversight, as demonstrated by Church’s leadership as chairman of the U.S. Senate Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities (“Church Committee”), with current intelligence oversight deficiencies that have induced a growing population of citizens to demand greater protections against government overreach and wrongdoing. By examining the difficulties Church and the Church Committee experienced in gathering evidence of government misconduct and publicly disseminating such information, a more historical perspective may reveal the viability of alternative methods of congressional intelligence oversight.
Marc B. Langston,
Rediscovering Congressional Intelligence Oversight: Is Another Church Committee Possible Without Frank Church?,
Tex. A&M L. Rev.
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