[Dear Colleague, Undoubtedly you have just read or heard the news that John Stockwell, former Chief of the CIA Angola Task Force, has resigned and charged the CIA with incompetence, violence, and deception …]
by William Derman, David Robinson Jr., Willard Johnson, Ann Seidman, Marylee Wiley, David Wiley, William F. Pruitt Jr., George Shepherd, Sean Gervasi
East Lansing, New York, United States
May 8, 1978
The mailing says undoubtedly you have just read or heard the news that John Stockwell, former Chief of the CIA Angola Task Force, has resigned and charged the CIA with incompetence, violence, and deception of the American people, the Congress, and perhaps even the White House about its secret war in Angola. The mailing says we urge you to read the book quickly. (John Stockwell, In Search of Enemies: A CIA Story, New York: W.W. Norton, 1978, hardback only, published May 8.) The mailing says we urge you to write to the President and the Congress immediately: a) to call for an immediate investigation of these charges; b) to repudiate the casual and blundering interventionism in U.S. Africa policy which this Angola escapade reveals; and, c) to call for the full protection of the rights of the author of these important revelations. The mailing asks people to write to President Jimmy Carter; Senator Daniel Inouye, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence; Congressman Edward Boland, Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence; Senator Dick Clark, Subcommittee on Africa, Senate Foreign Relations Committee; Congressman Parrin Mitchell, The Black Caucus; Congressman Charles Diggs, Subcommittee on Africa, House Foreign Affairs Committee; Senator John Sparkman, Senate Foreign Relations Committee; and Congressman Clement Zablocki, House Foreign Affairs Committee. The mailing discusses the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), the violence option, the incompetent analysis of African realities, and covert operations. [Note the correct spelling of Edward Bolland is Edward Boland and Parrin Mitchell is Parren Mitchell.]
Used by permission of some of the authors.
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root