[Deutch, John.] "DCI Testimony Before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence." Periscope 21, no. 5 (1996): 1-2.
DCI John Deutch's statement of 17 July 1996 to the SSCI "concerning possible use of American journalists, American clergy or the Peace Corps." For text of Deutch's statement, Click HERE.
E.N.I. "CIA Wants Option of Recruiting Clergy." Christian Century, 11-18 Sep. 1996, 844.
Report on comments by Rodney Page of the National Council of Churches and DCI John Deutch's response at 17 July 1996 SSCI session. Page argued for an absolute ban on the use of clergy by the CIA.
Pincus, Walter. "CIA Can Waive Prohibition Against Using U.S. Clergy Abroad for Covert Work." Washington Post, 22 Feb. 1996, A26.
"A controversial loophole permit[s] CIA officers in extraordinary circumstances ... to waive a ... 19-year-old ban on employing clerics or missionaries for clandestine work overseas, according to intelligence officials.... The issue of CIA use of various nondiplomatic covers abroad has attracted publicity as a result of a recommendation last week by a task force sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations. The panel proposed a review of the 'legal and policy restraints' that limited use of nondiplomatic covers....
"CIA rules, approved in 1977, prohibit establishment of a covert intelligence relationship 'with any U.S. clergy or missionary whether or not ordained, who is sent out by a mission or church organization to preach, teach, heal, or proseltyze,' an intelligence official said. One exception, he added, permitted such individuals to carry out nonclandestine activities such as teaching or speaking with agency personnel 'if their supervisors agree.' However, the official added, 'as with any federal agency internal regulation, which is not required by law the agency has the authority to waive an internal regulation' and use clergy or missionaries."
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