Tuesday, September 28, 2010


In 1973 Senator Frank Church, a Democrat from Idaho, chaired a Senate committee that investigated allegations of misconduct by the Central Intelligence Agency based upon a document—the so-called family jewels—provided by the director of central intelligence, William Colby, which catalogued various abuses. Church described the CIA as a “rogue elephant,” an oft-quoted remark which he later regretted and withdrew.