“…the Church Committee’s final report [which investigated the legality of intelligence gathered by CIA and FBI] called for creating a permanent oversight committee, and in May 1976, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence was formed. …But the real legacy of the Church and Pike committees [which oversees the U.S. Intelligence Community] was the empowerment of an entire new set of people within the intelligence community. This new group saw its primary function as providing a check on what it regarded as the militaristic and hard-line views within the U.S. government.” [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – Bill Gertz, Breakdown, Page 109