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'Gang of Four' Congressional Intelligence Notifications [April 16, 2013]   [open pdf - 231KB]

"'Gang of Four' intelligence notifications generally are oral briefings of certain particularly sensitive 'non-covert action intelligence activities', including principally, but not exclusively, intelligence collection programs, that the intelligence community typically limits to the chairmen and ranking Members of the two congressional intelligence committees. […] This report reviews the history of the Gang of Four notification process and compares this procedure with that of the 'Gang of Eight' notification procedure. The 'Gang of Eight' procedure is statutorily based and provides that the chairmen and ranking Members of the intelligence committee, along with the Speaker and minority leader of the House, and Senate majority and minority leaders--rather than the full membership of the intelligence committees-- are to receive prior notice of particularly sensitive 'covert action' programs, if the President determines that limited access to such programs is essential to meet extraordinary circumstances affecting vital U.S. interests."

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CRS Report for Congress, R40698
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2013-04-16
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