The Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Mr. William Colby, told a Congressional subcommittee in?
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TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ 2): COLBY: "If a situation arose abroad today involving an American, CIA would be interested in that American's activities only as a result of a positive request by the FBI or in co-ordination with the FBI.
ABZUG: "If you're able to accumulate all this rotten stuff about people making believe that they're legitimate activities which they are exercising to safeguard our democracy--it seems some how out of question--by some super agency, super snoopers, the FBI. I just can't see how you can continue when you say you are not going to do it any more and yet you are going to do it."
"COLBY: No, I say I am not going to do the questionable ones. I said we would still have the responsibility to assist the FBI in legitimate questions abroad about relating to the internal security of the United States. We have a number of systems of records. Our main system involving several foreign political, military, scientific, economic, technical and cultural personalities. This information is filed alphabetically by the name of the individual within the country of citizenship. The name of some US citizens or permanent resident aliens do appear. We do not know how many. They appear because they may have been associated with somebody else, because we do not know what their nationality is when the item is collected or we may have run across the name in some other way."
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This film contains extracts of Mr. Colby's speech and an exchange with Congress woman Abzug.
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Background: The Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Mr. William Colby, told a Congressional subcommittee in Washington on Wednesday (5 March) that the CIA has records of several million foreigners.
Mr. Colby, who was confronted at the hearing by New York Democrat Bella Abzug about her own dossier kept by the CIA, said their main filing system had the names of several million foreign political, military, scientific, economic, technical and cultural personalities.
He added that the names of some US citizens or permanent resident aliens also appeared but he did not know how many. He said they were on record for various reasons.
Mr. Colby reiterated that the CIA had the responsibility to assist the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) in legitimate questions abroad relating to the internal security of the United States.
(Mrs. Abzug obtained a copy of her file from Mr. Colby the night before. During the hearing she said the CIA was making out that their activities--snooping on individuals--were legitimate activities.)