In this posting, I want to take a very brief look at the history of the founding of America’s Central Intelligence Agency and provide quotes from an American president regarding his views on the CIA and what should be done to control its seemingly unfettered powers.
The Central Intelligence Agency had evolved significantly over the decades up to its official designation as America’s foremost intelligence agency in 1947 as follows:
1.) Office of the Coordinator of Information (COI) – Established July 11, 1941 – duration of 337 days.
2.) Office of Strategic Services (OSS) – Established June 13, 1942 – duration of 3 years and 3 months.
3.) Strategic Services Unit (SSU) – Established October 1, 1945 – duration of 1 year and 5 months.
4.) Central Intelligence Group (CIG) – Established January 1946 – duration of 1 year and 6 months.
5.) Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Established September 18, 1947 – duration 71 years.
The CIA was created under the National Security Act of 1947which was signed into law on July 26, 1947 by President Harry Truman as shown here:
Under the Act, the CIA was responsible for the same functions as the CIG as follows:
1.) coordinating, planning, evaluating and disseminating intelligence.
2.) capability to clandestinely collect information.
3.) authority to conduct independent research and analysis.
In addition, the Act added the following broad tasks to the CIA’s “to do” list:
1.) advise the National Security Council (NSC) on matters related to national security.
2.) make recommendations to the NSC regarding the coordination of intelligence activities of the Department.
3.) correlate and evaluate intelligence and provide for its appropriate dissemination.
4.) perform such other functions as the NSC will from time to time direct.
By 1953, the Agency was an established element of Washington, making contributions in the areas of paramilitary warfare and political action.
With that background, I would like to change gears and look at some comments and concerns about the Central Intelligence Agency from a United States president. These comments are particularly pertinent given the CIA’s involvement in geopolitical meddling around the globe over the past 71 years,
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