Pike Committee

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Membership• Otis G. Pike
• Lucien Nedzi
• Ron Dellums
• A. Searle Field
• Aaron Donner
• Jack Boos
• Robert Brauer
• Robert Giaimo
• James P. Johnson
• Robert McClory
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The Pike Committee is the common name for the United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence during the period when it was chaired by Otis G. Pike.


The Select Committee had originally been established in February 1975 under the chairmanship of Lucien Nedzi. Following Nedzi's resignation in June, the committee was reconstituted with Pike as chair, in July 1975, with its mandate expiring January 31, 1976. Under Pike's chairmanship, the committee investigated illegal activities by the CIA, FBI and NSA.


The final report of the Pike Committee was never officially published, due to opposition from US congress. However, unauthorized versions of the (draft) final report were leaked to the press. CBS News reporter Daniel Schorr was called to testify before congress, but refused to divulge his source. Major portions of the report were published by The Village Voice[1], and a full copy of the draft was published in England.

The Pike Committee established important protocols for the declassification of intelligence documents, which would continue to evolve. It also created a precedent for the oversight of the Executive Branch and its agencies, leading to the creation of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, which now has the autonomy to declassify any of the information it receives. The Pike Committee constituted an extremely significant step in the tradition of government transparency.


The commission recommended (like the Church Committee and the Rockefeller Committee) strengthening the CIA Office of Inspector General. This was not followed.[2]


Audio version of the Pike Committee


Related Quotation

Otis G. Pike“Pike will pay for this, you wait and see — we’ll destroy him for this.”Otis G. Pike
Mitchell Rogovin
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  1. https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2017/aug/23/vv-pike-report/
  2. Snider, L. Britt. "Creating a Statutory Inspector General at the CIA". CIA. Retrieved 2009-08-25.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "Scribunto").

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