Documents recently dredged from the CIA’s massive database expose an
effort by the former director to destroy documents evincing the agency’s
illegal activities and operations.
That director — George H.W. Bush, who served in the role from January
1976 until January 1977 — went on to become the 41st President of the
As MuckRock reports,
In 1976, Congresswoman Bella Abzug wrote to CIA Director
George H.W. Bush about the existing moratorium on the destruction of CIA
files. As the Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Government Information
and Individual Rights, which had jurisdiction over government
information policy including FOIA and the Privacy Act, she wanted the
moratorium extended — specifically, she wanted to ensure that Congress
had time to enact legislation in response to the Church, Pike, and
Rockefeller hearings and the resulting reports.