#15 – Rockefeller Commission
January 4, 1975
President Gerald R. Ford establishes the United States President’s Commission on CIA Activities within the United States. Known as the Rockefeller Commission (Vice President Nelson Rockefeller served as Chair), the Commission investigates the activities of the Central Intelligence Agency and other intelligence agencies within the United States. The Commission is created in response to a December 1974 report in The New York Times that the CIA had conducted illegal domestic activities during the 1960s. The Commission issued a report in 1975 on CIA abuses including mail opening and surveillance of domestic dissident groups.