I applaud Sen. Bill Bradley's efforts to get Americans to think clearly about the Soviet Union ("Focusing on the Soviets," Editorial, Sept. 8). However, his statement that Americans are mystified by Russia's "preoccupation with secrets" surprises me. Is our CIA less secretive than Russia's KGB?
Ever since the National Security Act of 1947 spawned the National Security Council and the CIA, American foreign policy has been based on secrecy. In fact the Christic Institute, an interfaith center for legal advocacy in Washington, D.C., claims that for a quarter of a century secret wars have been waged by secret teams of U.S. military and CIA officials, acting both officially and on their own. Such covert activities have involved toppling governments, trafficking in drugs, assassinating political enemies, and subverting the Constitution, the Congress and the American people.