This special update includes information regarding the latest news on the status of the Hinchey Amendment

17 November 2005
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This special update includes information regarding the latest news on the status of the Hinchey Amendment

1. UPDATE ON HINCHEY AMENDMENT

The House and Senate Intelligence Committees will meet in conference tomorrow, Thursday, October 14th, at 2:00 pm to reconcile the language of the Intelligence Authorization Act. This conference committee will determine whether the Hinchey Amendment will be included in the final language of the bill. The Hinchey Amendment was passed as part of the House bill (H.R. 1555), but was not included in the Senate version.

The Hinchey Amendment would require the CIA to release all documents to Congress pertaining to the death of Salvador Allende, Pinochet's rise to the presidency, and human rights abuses committed during his regime. The CIA released less than 10% of the 5,800 documents declassified in June 1999; they also blocked several key documents from being released with the second round of documents last Friday, October 8.

Porter Goss (R-FL), Chairman of the House Committee on Intelligence, and other staff and members of the Committee have agreed to modify the language of the amendment to allow up to a year for the CIA to report to Congress. The original language of the bill stipulated that the Director of Intelligence report within 120 days. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, Senator Paul Wellstone (D-MN), and others have actively opposed this change, calling for the retention of the original amendment language.

The Conference Committee will include all members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, one member of the Senate Armed Forces Committee and all members of the House Select Committee on Intelligence.

For more information regarding this legislation, please contact Lisa Hauggard at the Latin America Working Group (LAWG), + 1 202 546-7010.