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The Record - January 1998

DOES AMERICA NEED THE CIA?

The answers to this question were defined by a group of distinguished participants visiting the Ford Library for a major conference on November 19th. After an introduction by President Ford, George Tenant, Director of Central Intelligence, kicked off the day of discussion with a vigorously affirmative keynote speech. Marvin Kalb, longtime journalist and current Harvard University professor, expertly moderated the two panel discussions that followed. The first, entitled "The Overseers," consisted of Steven Aftergood, of the Federation of American Scientists; U.S. Senator Carl Levin; Senator Warren Rudman, who serves as Vice Chairman of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board; and Bob Woodward of The Washington Post. The afternoon panel of "Company Men" included John Marsh, former advisor to President Ford; Brent Scowcroft, former national security advisor to Presidents Ford and Bush; and former CIA directors Stansfield Turner and James Woolsey. Secretary of State James A. Baker, III, made the closing remarks. The Library lobby provided an intimate setting for the conference, including the participants, a full house of attendees, and a live broadcast C-SPAN camera crew. The Gerald R. Ford Foundation generously sponsored the event.

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