National Security Decision Directive 159: Covert Action Policy Approval and Coordination Procedures [open html - 3KB]
Alternate Title: NSDD 159: Covert Action Policy Approval and Coordination Procedures
The purpose of this NSDD is to establish procedures for the planning, approval, and coordination of covert action (intelligence "special activities" under Executive Order 12333) and for the review and evaluation of these activities in order to ensure that they continuously derive from and support U.S. National security objectives and are integrated fully into overall U.S. policy. Knowledge of covert action policies, decisions, and programs shall be strictly limited to the absolute minimum number of senior officials and their immediate staff focal points. To the extent possible, knowledge of policies, deliberations, and programs; knowledge of operations; and knowledge of supporting information or activities will be strictly compartmented from each other.
National Security Decision Directive 159; NSDD 159; NSC-NSDD-159
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