53. 2/18/1976

President Gerald Ford “issued an executive order on February 18, 1976, that granted the National Security Council greater power over intelligence gathering, established a Committee on Foreign Intelligence and Operations Advisor Group to monitor the CIA, as well as an Intelligence Oversight Board, imposed restrictions on surveillance, and banned assassinations of foreign leaders. Ford told Congress his reforms would ‘help to restore public confidence in these agencies and encourage our citizens to appreciate the valuable contribution they make to our national security.’ “

 – Julian E. Zelizer, ed., The Presidency of George W. Bush, Page 23

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