Central Intelligence Agency

aesthetics  →
being  →
complexity  →
database  →
enterprise  →
ethics  →
fiction  →
history  →
internet  →
knowledge  →
language  →
licensing  →
linux  →
logic  →
method  →
news  →
perception  →
philosophy  →
policy  →
purpose  →
religion  →
science  →
sociology  →
software  →
truth  →
unix  →
wiki  →
essay  →
feed  →
help  →
system  →
wiki  →
critical  →
discussion  →
forked  →
imported  →
original  →
Central Intelligence Agency
[ temporary import ]
please note:
- the content below is remote from Wikipedia
- it has been imported raw for GetWiki
{{Redirect|CIA}}{{pp-vandalism|small=yes}}{{Use American English|date=February 2019}}{{short description|National intelligence agency of the United States}}{{Use American English |date=February 2014}}{{Use mdy dates|date=August 2018}}

|logo = Flag of the United States Central Intelligence Agency.svg|logo_width = 200|logo_caption = Flag of the Central Intelligence Agency|seal = Seal of the Central Intelligence Agency.svg|seal_width = 200|seal_caption = Seal of the Central Intelligence AgencyIndependent agencies of the United States government>IndependentOffice of Strategic ServicesHTTPS://WWW.CIA.GOV/ABOUT-CIA/HISTORY-OF-THE-CIA/INDEX.HTML WEBSITE=CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY, March 28, 2014, |jurisdiction =|headquarters = George Bush Center for IntelligenceLangley, Virginia, U.S.38077746|W}}wp20130829}}2013FIRST1=BARTON FIRST2=GREG NEWSPAPER=THE WASHINGTON POST ACCESSDATE=AUGUST 29, 2013, HTTP://WWW.CATO.ORG/PUBLICATIONS/COMMENTARY/CIA-BUDGET-UNNECESSARY-SECRET >TITLE=CIA BUDGET: AN UNNECESSARY SECRET FIRST=DAVE DATE=JULY 28, 1997 CATO INSTITUTE >ACCESSDATE=APRIL 15, 2007, HTTPS://FAS.ORG/SGP/NEWS/1999/11/WP112999.HTML >TITLE=CLOAK OVER THE CIA BUDGET NEWSPAPER=THE WASHINGTON POST FEDERATION OF AMERICAN SCIENTISTS >ACCESSDATE=JULY 4, 2008, |chief1_name = Gina HaspelDirector of the Central Intelligence Agency>Director|chief2_name = Vaughn BishopDeputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency>Deputy Director|chief3_name = Courtney Simmons Elwood|chief3_position = General}}}}The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is a civilian foreign intelligence service of the federal government of the United States, tasked with gathering, processing, and analyzing national security information from around the world, primarily through the use of human intelligence (HUMINT). As one of the principal members of the United States Intelligence Community (IC), the CIA reports to the Director of National Intelligence and is primarily focused on providing intelligence for the President and Cabinet of the United States.Unlike the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), which is a domestic security service, the CIA has no law enforcement function and is mainly focused on overseas intelligence gathering, with only limited domestic intelligence collection. Though it is not the only agency of the Federal government of the United States specializing in HUMINT, the CIA serves as the national manager for coordination of HUMINT activities across the U.S. intelligence community. Moreover, the CIA is the only agency authorized by law to carry out and oversee covert action at the behest of the President.WEB,weblink Secrecy News: Reducing Overclassification Through Accountability, Aftergood, Steven, Federation of American Scientists, October 6, 2011, February 3, 2012, NEWS, Bob, Woodward, Bob Woodward, November 18, 2001, Secret CIA Units Playing Central Combat Role, The Washington Post,weblink February 26, 2012, WEB,weblink World Leaders – Paraguay, Central Intelligence Agency, April 14, 2011, dead,weblink May 28, 2010, WEB,weblink Spotlight on US troops in Paraguay, April 18, 2011, BBC News Online, Charlotte, Eimer, September 28, 2005, It exerts foreign political influence through its tactical divisions, such as the Special Activities Division.NEWS,weblink Paraguay in a spin about Bush's alleged 100,000 acre hideaway, April 18, 2011, London, The Guardian, Tom, Phillips, October 23, 2006, Before the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, the CIA Director concurrently served as the head of the Intelligence Community; today, the CIA is organized under the Director of National Intelligence (DNI). Despite transferring some of its powers to the DNI, the CIA has grown in size as a result of the September 11 attacks. In 2013, The Washington Post reported that in the fiscal year 2010, the CIA had the largest budget of all IC agencies, exceeding previous estimates.WEB,weblink Preparing for the 21st Century: An Appraisal of U.S. Intelligence. Chapter 13 – The Cost of Intelligence, Commission on the Roles and Capabilities of the United States Intelligence Community, March 1, 1996, The CIA has increasingly expanded its role, including covert paramilitary operations. One of its largest divisions, the Information Operations Center (IOC), has shifted focus from counter-terrorism to offensive cyber-operations.NEWS,weblink U.S. spy agencies mounted 231 offensive cyber-operations in 2011, documents show, Barton, Gellman, Ellen, Nakashima, The Washington Post, September 3, 2013,


When the CIA was created, its purpose was to create a clearinghouse for foreign policy intelligence and analysis. Today its primary purpose is to collect, analyze, evaluate, and disseminate foreign intelligence, and to perform covert actions.According to its fiscal 2013 budget, the CIA has five priorities:{{r|wp20130829}}

Organizational structure

File:Gina Haspel official CIA portrait.jpg|thumb|Gina Haspel, the current Director of the Central Intelligence AgencyDirector of the Central Intelligence Agency(File:CIA ORG Structure.svg|thumb|upright=1.25|Chart showing the organization of the Central Intelligence Agency.)The CIA has an executive office and five major directorates:
  • The Directorate of Digital Innovation
  • The Directorate of Analysis
  • The Directorate of Operations
  • The Directorate of Support
  • The Directorate of Science and Technology

Executive Office

The Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (D/CIA) is appointed by the President with Senate confirmation and reports directly to the Director of National Intelligence (DNI); in practice, the CIA director interfaces with the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), Congress, and the White House, while the Deputy Director (DD/CIA) is the internal executive of the CIA and the Chief Operating Officer (COO/CIA), known as Executive Director until 2017, leads the day-to-day workWEB,weblink Leadership, Central Intelligence Agency, June 5, 2017, January 6, 2018, as the third highest post of the CIA.WEB,weblink Sisterhood of Spies: Women crack the code at the CIA (also see Video "CIA director: 'Women make us better'"), NBC News, November 14, 2013, January 7, 2018, The Deputy Director is formally appointed by the Director without Senate confirmation,WEB,weblink CIA deputy director linked to torture at Thailand black site, The Guardian, February 3, 2017, January 7, 2018, but as the President's opinion plays a great role in the decision, the Deputy Director is generally considered a political position, making the Chief Operating Officer the most senior non-political position for CIA career officers.WEB,weblink Meroe Park Joins Butterfield Board, Butterfield Bank, October 6, 2017, January 6, 2018, The Executive Office also supports the U.S. military by providing it with information it gathers, receiving information from military intelligence organizations, and cooperates with field activities. The Executive Director is in charge of the day-to-day operation of the CIA. Each branch of the military service has its own Director.WEB,weblink Leadership, Central Intelligence Agency, The Associate Director of military affairs, a senior military officer, manages the relationship between the CIA and the Unified Combatant Commands, who produce and deliver to the CIA regional/operational intelligence and consume national intelligence produced by the CIA.WEB, CIA Support to the US Military During the Persian Gulf War, Central Intelligence Agency,weblink June 16, 1997, WEB,weblink Organization chart, Central Intelligence Agency, April 11, 2015, dead,weblink March 14, 2015,

Directorate of Analysis

File:Aerial view of the Central Intelligence Agency headquarters, Langley, Virginia - Corrected and Cropped.jpg|thumb|Aerial view of the Central Intelligence Agency headquarters, Langley, VirginiaLangley, VirginiaThe Directorate of Analysis, through much of its history known as the Directorate of Intelligence (DI), is tasked with helping "the President and other policymakers make informed decisions about our country's national security" by looking "at all the available information on an issue and organiz[ing] it for policymakers".WEB, Offices of CIA – Intelligence & Analysis – History,weblink CIA, en,weblink April 30, 2013, live, The Directorate has four regional analytic groups, six groups for transnational issues, and three that focus on policy, collection, and staff support.WEB, Central Intelligence Agency, Intelligence & Analysis,weblink July 1, 2011, There is an office dedicated to Iraq; regional analytical offices covering the Near East and South Asia, Russia and Europe; and the Asian Pacific, Latin American, and African offices.

Directorate of Operations

The Directorate of Operations is responsible for collecting foreign intelligence (mainly from clandestine HUMINT sources), and for covert action. The name reflects its role as the coordinator of human intelligence activities between other elements of the wider U.S. intelligence community with their HUMINT operations. This Directorate was created in an attempt to end years of rivalry over influence, philosophy and budget between the United States Department of Defense (DOD) and the CIA. In spite of this, the Department of Defense recently organized its own global clandestine intelligence service, the Defense Clandestine Service (DCS),NEWS,weblink DIA to send hundreds more spies overseas, December 1, 2012, Miller, Greg, The Washington Post, under the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA).This Directorate is known to be organized by geographic regions and issues, but its precise organization is classified.BOOK,weblink Defense HUMINT Service Organizational Chart, The "Death Squad Protection" Act: Senate Measure Would Restrict Public Access to Crucial Human Rights Information Under the Freedom of Information Act, Thomas S., Blanton, Michael L., Evans, Kate, Martin, July 17, 2000, George Washington University National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 34,

Directorate of Science and Technology

The Directorate of Science & Technology was established to research, create, and manage technical collection disciplines and equipment. Many of its innovations were transferred to other intelligence organizations, or, as they became more overt, to the military services.For example, the development of the U-2 high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft was done in cooperation with the United States Air Force. The U-2's original mission was clandestine imagery intelligence over denied areas such as the Soviet Union.BOOK, Pocock, Chris, 50 Years of the U-2: The Complete Illustrated History of the 'Dragon Lady', Schiffer Publishing Ltd, Atglen, Pennsylvania, 89012535, 0-7643-2346-6, 404, 2005, It was subsequently provided with signals intelligence and measurement and signature intelligence capabilities, and is now operated by the Air Force.A DS&T organization analyzed imagery intelligence collected by the U-2 and reconnaissance satellites called the National Photointerpretation Center (NPIC), which had analysts from both the CIA and the military services. Subsequently, NPIC was transferred to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA).

Directorate of Support

The Directorate of Support has organizational and administrative functions to significant units including:
  • The Office of Security
  • The Office of Communications
  • The Office of Information Technology

Directorate of Digital Innovation

The Directorate of Digital Innovation (DDI) focuses on accelerating innovation across the Agency's mission activities. It is the Agency's newest directorate. The Langley, Virginia-based office’s mission is to streamline and integrate digital and cybersecurity capabilities into the CIA’s espionage, counterintelligence, all-source analysis, open-source intelligence collection and covert action operations.WEB,weblink New CIA director inherits an agency that is quickly developing cyber capabilities, January 27, 2017, It provides operations personnel with tools and techniques to use in cyber operations. It works with information technology infrastructure and practices cyber tradecraft.WEB,weblink Digital Innovation — Central Intelligence Agency, This means retrofitting the CIA for cyberwarfare. DDI officers help accelerate the integration of innovative methods and tools to enhance the CIA's cyber and digital capabilities on a global scale and ultimately help safeguard the United States. They also apply technical expertise to exploit clandestine and publicly available information (also known as open source data) using specialized methodologies and digital tools to plan, initiate and support the technical and human-based operations of the CIA.WEB,weblink Digital Targeter — Central Intelligence Agency, Before the establishment of the new digital directorate, offensive cyber operations were undertaken by the CIA’s Information Operations Center.WEB,weblink CIA's New "Digital Innovation" Division Can't Seem to Keep its Own Secrets, March 8, 2017, Little is known about how the office specifically functions or if it deploys “offensive” cyber capabilities.The directorate had been covertly operating since approximately March 2015 but formally began operations on October 1, 2015.WEB,weblink Inside the CIA's new Digital Directorate -, By Sean, Lyngaas, 2015, Oct 01, FCW, According to classified budget documents, the CIA’s computer network operations budget for fiscal year 2013 was $685.4 million. The NSA’s budget was roughly $1 billion at the time.WEB,weblink ‘Black budget’ summary details U.S. spy network’s successes, failures and objectives, Barton, Gellman, Greg, Miller, August 29, 2013,, Rep. Adam Schiff, the California Democrat who serves as the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, endorsed the reorganization. "The director has challenged his workforce, the rest of the intelligence community and the nation to consider how we conduct the business of intelligence in a world that is profoundly different from 1947, when the CIA was founded," Schiff said.WEB,weblink CIA Creates Digital Innovation Directorate,,


{{Further|CIA University|Sherman Kent School for Intelligence Analysis|Camp Peary|Harvey Point|Warrenton Training Center}}The CIA established its first training facility, the Office of Training and Education, in 1950. Following the end of the Cold War, the CIA's training budget was slashed, which had a negative effect on employee retention.NEWS, Wendt, Jeff, A feature interview with Frans Bax, President, CIA University, Today's Campus,weblink EPISODE, Inside CIA University: Higher Ed for Operatives, Morning Edition, Morning Edition, Host: Mary Louise Kelly, NPR, May 28, 2004,weblink In response, Director of Central Intelligence George Tenet established CIA University in 2002. CIA University holds between 200 and 300 courses each year, training both new hires and experienced intelligence officers, as well as CIA support staff. The facility works in partnership with the National Intelligence University, and includes the Sherman Kent School for Intelligence Analysis, the Directorate of Analysis' component of the university.WEB, Life in HR: Learning Resources, Central Intelligence Agency, February 12, 2013,weblinkweblink April 29, 2013, live, WEB, Training Resources, Central Intelligence Agency, January 23, 2013,weblink April 3, 2013, For later stage training of student operations officers, there is at least one classified training area at Camp Peary, near Williamsburg, Virginia. Students are selected, and their progress evaluated, in ways derived from the OSS, published as the book Assessment of Men, Selection of Personnel for the Office of Strategic Services.BOOK, Assessment of Men, Selection of Personnel for the Office of Strategic Services, The OSS Assessment Staff, Johnson Reprint Corporation (original printing by Rinehart and Company, Inc.), 1948, 1969, Additional mission training is conducted at Harvey Point, North Carolina.NEWS, Weiner, Tim, Tim Weiner, Is the Explosion-Noisy Base a C.I.A. Spy School? What Base?, The New York Times, March 20, 1998,weblink The primary training facility for the Office of Communications is Warrenton Training Center, located near Warrenton, Virginia. The facility was established in 1951 and has been used by the CIA since at least 1955.WEB, Pike, John, Warrenton Station B, Federation of American Scientists, 2001,weblink March 18, 2013,weblink June 5, 2009, dead, WEB, Office of the General Counsel, Central Intelligence Agency, October 31, 1954,weblink March 27, 2013,


Details of the overall United States intelligence budget are classified.{{r|wp20130829}} Under the Central Intelligence Agency Act of 1949, the Director of Central Intelligence is the only federal government employee who can spend "un-vouchered" government money.BOOK,weblink The Central Intelligence Agency and Overhead Reconnaissance: The U-2 and OXCART Programs, 1954–1974, History Staff, Central Intelligence Agency, Pedlow, Gregory W., Welzenbach, Donald E., 1992, Washington, D.C., 43–44, The government showed its 1997 budget was $26.6 billion for the fiscal year.WEB,weblink Statement of the Director of Central Intelligence Regarding the Disclosure of the Aggregate Intelligence Budget for Fiscal Year 1997, October 15, 1997, Central Intelligence Agency, The government has disclosed a total figure for all non-military intelligence spending since 2007; the fiscal 2013 figure is $52.6 billion. According to the 2013 mass surveillance disclosures, the CIA's fiscal 2013 budget is $14.7 billion, 28% of the total and almost 50% more than the budget of the National Security Agency. CIA's HUMINT budget is $2.3 billion, the SIGINT budget is $1.7 billion, and spending for security and logistics of CIA missions is $2.5 billion. "Covert action programs," including a variety of activities such as the CIA's drone fleet and anti-Iranian nuclear program activities, accounts for $2.6 billion.{{r|wp20130829}}There were numerous previous attempts to obtain general information about the budget.WEB, Declaration of Steven Aftergood, Case No. 02-1146 (RMU), May 5, 2003,weblink Federation of American Scientists, As a result, reports revealed that CIA's annual budget in Fiscal Year 1963 was $550 million (inflation-adjusted US$ {{formatnum:{{Inflation|US|0.55|1963|r=1}}}} billion in {{CURRENTISOYEAR}}),WEB, Central Intelligence Agency, CIA Cost Reduction Program, September 1, 1965,weblink Federation of American Scientists, and the overall intelligence budget in FY 1997 was US $26.6 billion (inflation-adjusted US$ {{formatnum:{{Inflation|US|26.6|1997|r=1}}}} billion in {{CURRENTISOYEAR}}).WEB, Federation of American Scientists, CIA Discloses FY 1998 Intelligence Budget Total, March 20, 1998,weblink There have been accidental disclosures; for instance, Mary Margaret Graham, a former CIA official and deputy director of national intelligence for collection in 2005, said that the annual intelligence budget was $44 billion,NEWS,weblink Official Reveals Budget for U.S. Intelligence, Shane, Scott, November 8, 2005, The New York Times, April 29, 2013, and in 1994 Congress accidentally published a budget of $43.4 billion (in 2012 dollars) in 1994 for the non-military National Intelligence Program, including $4.8 billion for the CIA.{{r|wp20130829}} After the Marshall Plan was approved, appropriating $13.7 billion over five years, 5% of those funds or $685 million were made available to the CIA.Legacy of Ashes, p. 28.


{{expand section|date=May 2019}}


Robert Baer, a CNN analyst and former CIA operative, stated that normally a CIA employee undergoes a polygraph examination every three to four years.WEB,weblink Exclusive: Dozens of CIA operatives on the ground during Benghazi attack, CNN, August 1, 2013, August 2, 2013,

Relationship with other intelligence agencies

{{Global surveillance}}The CIA acts as the primary US HUMINT and general analytic agency, under the Director of National Intelligence, who directs or coordinates the 16 member organizations of the United States Intelligence Community. In addition, it obtains information from other U.S. government intelligence agencies, commercial information sources, and foreign intelligence services.{{citation needed|date=June 2012}}

U.S. agencies

CIA employees form part of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) workforce, created as a joint office of the CIA and US Air Force to operate the spy satellites of the US military.The Special Collections Service is a joint CIA and National Security Agency (NSA) office that conducts clandestine electronic surveillance in embassies and hostile territory throughout the world.

Foreign intelligence services

The role and functions of the CIA are roughly equivalent to those of the United Kingdom's Secret Intelligence Service (the SIS or MI6), the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS), the French foreign intelligence service (DGSE), the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (, SVR), the Chinese Ministry of State Security (MSS), the Indian Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), the Egyptian General Intelligence Service, Israel's Mossad, and South Korea’s National Intelligence Service (NIS). While the preceding agencies both collect and analyze information, some like the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research are purely analytical agencies.{{citation needed|date=June 2012}}The closest links of the U.S. IC to other foreign intelligence agencies are to Anglophone countries: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. Special communications signals that intelligence-related messages can be shared with these four countries.WEB,weblink Zdarm (Defense Messaging Service) Genser (General Service) Message Security Classifications, Categories, and Marking Phrase Requirements Version 1.2, March 19, 1999, US Defense Information Services Agency, Federation of American Scientists, An indication of the United States' close operational cooperation is the creation of a new message distribution label within the main U.S. military communications network. Previously, the marking of NOFORN (i.e., No Foreign Nationals) required the originator to specify which, if any, non-U.S. countries could receive the information. A new handling caveat, USA/AUS/CAN/GBR/NZL Five Eyes, used primarily on intelligence messages, gives an easier way to indicate that the material can be shared with Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, and New Zealand.The task of the division called "" of the German is keeping contact to the CIA office in Wiesbaden.NEWS,weblink Spiegel Online, 'Verbindungsstelle 61': Ermittlungen gegen Chef von geheimer BND-Gruppe, German, February 8, 2013, March 28, 2014, Ireland's Directorate of Military Intelligence liaises with the CIA, although it is not a member of the Five Eyes.NEWS, Secret army squad keeps watch on 60 Al Qaeda in Ireland,weblink June 7, 2014, Irish Daily Star, March 26, 2013, dead,weblink" title="">weblink August 20, 2014,


{{Summary too long|History of the Central Intelligence Agency|date=September 2017}}File:Cia-memorial-wall.jpg|thumb|The 113 stars on the CIA Memorial WallCIA Memorial WallThe Central Intelligence Agency was created on July 26, 1947 when Harry S. Truman signed the National Security Act into law. A major impetus for the creation of the agency was growing tensions with the USSR following the end of World War II.WEB, Warner, Michael, CIA Cold War Records: THE CIA UNDER HARRY TRUMAN — Central Intelligence Agency,weblink, June 25, 2019, June 13, 2013,

Immediate predecessors

The success of the British Commandos during World War II prompted U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt to authorize the creation of an intelligence service modeled after the British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), and Special Operations Executive. This led to the creation of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). On September 20, 1945, shortly after the end of World War II, Harry S Truman signed an executive order dissolving the OSS, and by October 1945 its functions had been divided between the Departments of State and War. The division lasted only a few months. The first public mention of the "Central Intelligence Agency" appeared on a command-restructuring proposal presented by Jim Forrestal and Arthur Radford to the U.S. Senate Military Affairs Committee at the end of 1945.MAGAZINE,weblink Army & Navy – Merger: Navy Compromise, December 10, 1945, Time (magazine), Time, Despite opposition from the military establishment, the United States Department of State and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI),BOOK, Factbook on Intelligence, Central Intelligence Agency, December 1992, 4–5, Truman established the National Intelligence AuthorityBOOK, The Role of Intelligence, 1965, Congress and the Nation 1945–1964: A review of government and politics in the postwar years, Washington, DC, Congressional Quarterly Service, 306, in January 1946. Its operational extension was known as the Central Intelligence Group (CIG),WEB,weblink CIA – History, Federation of American Scientists, which was the direct predecessor of the CIA.JOURNAL,weblink The Creation of the Central Intelligence Group, Michael, Warner, Studies in Intelligence, 39, 5, 111–120, 1995, September 16, 2011, Center for the Study of Intelligence,

National Security Act

Lawrence Houston, head counsel of the SSU, CIG, and, later CIA, was principal draftsman of the National Security Act of 1947,WEB,weblink Office of the General Counsel: History of the Office, Central Intelligence Agency, August 26, 2017, WEB,weblink Lawrence R. Houston: A Biography, Breneman, Gary M., National Archives and Records Administration,weblink" title="">weblink June 29, 2015, which dissolved the NIA and the CIG, and established both the National Security Council and the Central Intelligence Agency.NEWS,weblink The CIA's license to fail, Amy B., Zegart, Los Angeles Times, September 23, 2007, In 1949 Houston helped to draft the Central Intelligence Agency Act (Public law 81-110), which authorized the agency to use confidential fiscal and administrative procedures, and exempted it from most limitations on the use of Federal funds. It also exempted the CIA from having to disclose its "organization, functions, officials, titles, salaries, or numbers of personnel employed." It created the program "PL-110" to handle defectors and other "essential aliens" who fell outside normal immigration procedures.WEB, George Tenet v. John Doe, Federation of American Scientists,weblink July 16, 2006, July 4, 2008, BOOK,weblink Foreign Relations of the United States, 1945–1950, Emergence of the Intelligence Establishment, C. Thomas, Thorne, Jr., David S., Patterson, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1996,

Intelligence vs. action

At the outset of the Korean War the CIA still only had a few thousand employees, a thousand of whom worked in analysis. Intelligence primarily came from the Office of Reports and Estimates, which drew its reports from a daily take of State Department telegrams, military dispatches, and other public documents. The CIA still lacked its intelligence gathering abilities.WEB,weblink Clayton, Laurie, The Korean War and the Central Intelligence Agency, Center for the Study of Intelligence, August 26, 2017, On August 21, 1950, shortly after the invasion of South Korea, Truman announced Walter Bedell Smith as the new Director of the CIA to correct what was seen as a grave failure of Intelligence.{{clarify |date=June 2015|what grave failure?}}The CIA had different demands placed on it by the various bodies overseeing it. Truman wanted a centralized group to organize the information that reached him,{{sfn|Weiner|2007|p=14}}JOURNAL,weblink Fifteen DCIs' First 100 Days, Studies in Intelligence, 38, 1, January 1993, August 26, 2017, Center for the Study of Intelligence, the Department of Defense wanted military intelligence and covert action, and the State Department wanted to create global political change favorable to the US. Thus the two areas of responsibility for the CIA were covert action and covert intelligence. One of the main targets for intelligence gathering was the Soviet Union, which had also been a priority of the CIA's predecessors.{{sfn|Weiner|2007|p=14}}WEB,weblink A Look Back: The First Director of Central Intelligence, Central Intelligence Agency, July 24, 2014, The United States Air Force general Hoyt Vandenberg, the CIG's second director, created the Office of Special Operations (OSO), as well as the Office of Reports and Estimates (ORE). Initially the OSO was tasked with spying and subversion overseas with a budget of $15 million, the largesse of a small number of patrons in Congress. Vandenberg's goals were much like the ones set out by his predecessor; finding out "everything about the Soviet forces in Eastern and Central Europe – their movements, their capabilities, and their intentions."{{sfn|Weiner|2007|p=17}}On June 18, 1948, the National Security Council issued Directive 10/2WEB,weblink U.S. Department of State, Foreign Relations of the United States, 1945–1950, Emergence of the Intelligence Establishment, Document 292, Section 5, July 4, 2008, calling for covert action against the USSR,{{sfn|Weiner|2007|p=29}} and granting the authority to carry out covert operations against "hostile foreign states or groups" that could, if needed, be denied by the U.S. government. To this end, the Office of Policy Coordination (OPC) was created inside the new CIA. The OPC was unique; Frank Wisner, the head of the OPC, answered not to the CIA Director, but to the secretaries of defense, state, and the NSC and the OPC's actions were a secret even from the head of the CIA. Most CIA stations had two station chiefs, one working for the OSO, and one working for the OPC.{{sfn|Weiner|2007|p=33}}The early track record of the CIA was poor, with the agency unable to provide sufficient intelligence about the Soviet takeovers of Romania and Czechoslovakia, the Soviet blockade of Berlin, and the Soviet atomic bomb project. In particular, the agency failed to predict the Chinese entry into the Korean War with 300,000 troops.JOURNAL,weblink Two Strategic Intelligence Mistakes in Korea, 1950, P. K., Rose, Studies in Intelligence, 45, 5, 2001, 57–65, Center for the Study of Intelligence, August 26, 2017, "The Role of Intelligence" (1965) Congress and the Nation 1945–1964. p.306. The famous double agent Kim Philby was the British liaison to American Central Intelligence. Through him, the CIA coordinated hundreds of airdrops inside the iron curtain, all compromised by Philby. Arlington Hall, the nerve center of CIA cryptanalysis, was compromised by Bill Weisband, a Russian translator and Soviet spy.{{sfn|Weiner|2007|p=51}}File:Allen Dulles-TIME-1953.jpg|thumb|200px|CIA director Allen DullesAllen DullesHowever, the CIA was successful in influencing the 1948 Italian election in favor of the Christian Democrats.BOOK, Gouda, Frances, American Visions of the Netherlands East Indies/Indonesia: US Foreign Policy and Indonesian Nationalism, 1920–1949,weblink 2002, Amsterdam University Press, 978-90-5356-479-0, 365, The $200 million Exchange Stabilization Fund, earmarked for the reconstruction of Europe, was used to pay wealthy Americans of Italian heritage. Cash was then distributed to Catholic Action, the Vatican's political arm, and directly to Italian politicians. This tactic of using its large fund to purchase elections was frequently repeated in the subsequent years.{{sfn|Weiner|2007|p=27}}

Korean War

{{See also|History of the Central Intelligence Agency#Korean War}}At the beginning of the Korean War, CIA officer Hans Tofte claimed to have turned a thousand North Korean expatriates into a guerrilla force tasked with infiltration, guerrilla warfare, and pilot rescue.{{sfn|Weiner|2007|p=56}} In 1952 the CIA sent 1,500 more expatriate agents north. Seoul station chief Albert Haney would openly celebrate the capabilities of those agents, and the information they sent.{{sfn|Weiner|2007|p=56}} In September 1952 Haney was replaced by John Limond Hart, a Europe veteran with a vivid memory for bitter experiences of misinformation.{{sfn|Weiner|2007|p=56}} Hart was suspicious of the parade of successes reported by Tofte and Haney and launched an investigation which determined that the entirety of the information supplied by the Korean sources was false or misleading.{{sfn|Weiner|2007|p=57}} After the war, internal reviews by the CIA would corroborate Hart's findings. The CIA's Seoul station had 200 officers, but not a single speaker of Korean.{{sfn|Weiner|2007|p=57}} Hart reported to Washington that Seoul station was hopeless, and could not be salvaged. Loftus Becker, Deputy Director of Intelligence, was sent personally to tell Hart that the CIA had to keep the station open to save face. Becker returned to Washington, pronounced the situation to be "hopeless," and that, after touring the CIA's Far East operations, the CIA's ability to gather intelligence in the far east was "almost negligible".{{sfn|Weiner|2007|p=57}} He then resigned. Air Force Colonel James Kallis stated that CIA director Allen Dulles continued to praise the CIA's Korean force, despite knowing that they were under enemy control.{{sfn|Weiner|2007|p=58}} When China entered the war in 1950, the CIA attempted a number of subversive operations in the country, all of which failed due to the presence of double agents. Millions of dollars were spent in these efforts.{{sfn|Weiner|2007|pp=58–61}} These included a team of young CIA officers airdropped into China who were ambushed, and CIA funds being used to set up a global heroin empire in Burma's Golden Triangle following a betrayal by another double agent.{{sfn|Weiner|2007|pp=58–61}}

1953 Iranian coup d'état

In 1951, Mohammad Mosaddegh, a member of the National Front, was elected Iranian prime-minister.BOOK, Gasiorowski, Mark, Byrne, Malcolm, Mohammad Mosaddeq and the 1953 Coup in Iran, 2004, Syracuse University Press, 978-0-81563-018-0, 360,weblink As prime minister, he nationalized the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company which his predecessor had supported. The nationalization of the British-funded Iranian oil industry, including the largest oil refinery in the world, was disastrous for Mossadeq. A British naval embargo closed the British oil facilities, which Iran had no skilled workers to operate. In 1952 Mosaddegh resisted the royal refusal to approve his Minister of War and resigned in protest. The National Front took to the streets in protest. Fearing a loss of control, the military pulled its troops back five days later, and Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi gave in to Mosaddegh's demands. Mosaddegh quickly replaced military leaders loyal to the Shah with those loyal to him, giving him personal control over the military. Given six months of emergency powers, Mosaddegh unilaterally passed legislation. When that six months expired, his powers were extended for another year. In 1953 Mossadegh dismissed parliament and assumed dictatorial powers. This power grab triggered the Shah to exercise his constitutional right to dismiss Mosaddegh. Mosaddegh launched a military coup as the Shah fled the country. Under CIA Director Allen Dulles, Operation Ajax was put into motion. Its goal was to overthrow Mossadegh with military support from General Fazlollah Zahedi and install a pro-western regime headed by the Shah of Iran. Kermit Roosevelt Jr. oversaw the operation in Iran.NEWS, James, Risen, Secrets of History: The C.I.A. in Iran, The New York Times, 2000,weblink 30 March 2007, On August 16, his new inner military circle protected a CIA paid mob led by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini would spark what a US embassy officer called "an almost spontaneous revolution"{{sfn|Weiner|2007|p=90}} but Mosaddegh, and the CIA had been unable to gain influence within the Iranian military. Their chosen man, former general Fazlollah Zahedi, had no troops to call on.{{sfn|Weiner|2007|p=87}} After the failure of the first coup, Roosevelt paid demonstrators to pose as communists and deface public symbols associated with the Shah. This August 19 incident helped foster public support of the Shah and led gangs of citizens on a spree of violence intent on destroying Mossadegh.{{Citation|last=Capuchin|title=U.S. and Them: Operation Ajax – Iran and the CIA coup (2/2)|date=2008-09-21|url=|accessdate=2017-01-20}} An attack on his house would force Mossadegh to flee. He surrendered the next day, and his coup came to an end.{{sfn|Weiner|2007|p=91}}

1954 Guatemalan coup d'état

File:Reforma agraria 1952.jpg|thumb|190px|When democratically elected President Jacobo Árbenz attempted a modest redistribution of land, he was overthrown in the 1954 CIA Guatemalan coup d'état ]]The return of the Shah to power, and the impression, cultivated by Allen Dulles, that an effective CIA had been able to guide that nation to friendly and stable relations with the west triggered planning for Operation PBSUCCESS, a plan to overthrow Guatemalan President Jacobo Arbenz.{{sfn|Weiner|2007|p=93}} The plan was exposed in major newspapers before it happened after a CIA agent left plans for the coup in his Guatemala City hotel room.{{sfn|Weiner|2007|p=95}}The Guatemalan Revolution of 1944–54 overthrew the U.S. backed dictator Jorge Ubico and brought a democratically elected government to power. The government began an ambitious agrarian reform program attempting to grant land to millions of landless peasants. This program threatened the land holdings of the United Fruit Company, who lobbied for a coup by portraying these reforms as communist.BOOK, Allan D., Cooper, 2009, The Geography of Genocide, University Press of America, 978-0-7618-4097-8,weblink 171, BOOK, Paul J., Dosal, 1995, Doing Business with the Dictators: A Political History of United Fruit in Guatemala, 1899–1944, Rowman & Littlefield, 978-0-84202-590-4,weblink 2, NEWS,weblink Maggie, Jones, The Secrets in Guatemala's Bones, The New York Times, June 30, 2016, On June 18, 1954, Carlos Castillo Armas led 480 CIA-trained men across the border from Honduras into Guatemala. The weapons had also come from the CIA.{{sfn|Immerman|1982|pp=161–170}} The CIA also mounted a psychological campaign to convince the Guatemalan people and government that Armas' victory was a fait accompli, the largest part of which was a radio broadcast entitled "The Voice of Liberation" which announced that Guatemalan exiles led by Castillo Armas were shortly about to liberate the country.{{sfn|Immerman|1982|pp=161–170}} On June 25, a CIA plane bombed Guatemala City, destroying the government's main oil reserves. Árbenz ordered the army to distribute weapons to local peasants and workers.{{sfn|Immerman|1982|pp=173–178}} The army refused, forcing Jacobo Árbenz's resignation on June 27, 1954. Árbenz handed over power to Colonel Carlos Enrique Diaz.{{sfn|Immerman|1982|pp=173–178}} The CIA then orchestrated a series of power transfers that ended with the confirmation of Castillo Armas as president in July 1954.{{sfn|Immerman|1982|pp=173–178}} Armas was the first in a series of military dictators that would rule the country, triggering the brutal Guatemalan Civil War in which some 200,000 people were killed, mostly by the U.S.-backed military.NEWS, Stephen, Schlesinger, Stephen Schlesinger, June 3, 2011,weblink Ghosts of Guatemala's Past, The New York Times, July 5, 2014, BOOK, Cullather, Nick, Secret History, Second Edition: The CIA's Classified Account of Its Operations in Guatemala, 1952–1954,weblink October 9, 2006, Stanford University Press, 978-0-8047-5468-2, BOOK, Gleijeses, Piero, Piero Gleijeses, Shattered Hope: The Guatemalan Revolution and the United States, 1944–1954,weblink 1992, Princeton University Press, 0-691-02556-8, BOOK, Streeter, Stephen M., Managing the Counterrevolution: The United States and Guatemala, 1954–1961,weblink 2000, Ohio University Press, 978-0-89680-215-5, JOURNAL, Gordon L., Bowen,weblink U.S. Foreign Policy toward Radical Change: Covert Operations in Guatemala, 1950–1954, Latin American Perspectives, 1983, 10, 1, 88–102, 10.1177/0094582X8301000106, NEWS,weblink Guatemalan Army Waged 'Genocide,' New Report Finds, Mireya, Navarro, The New York Times, February 26, 1999,


In 1949, Colonel Adib Shishakli rose to power in Syria in a CIA-backed coup. Four years later, he would be overthrown by the military, Ba'athists, and communists. The CIA and MI6 started funding right-wing members of the military but suffered a huge setback in the aftermath of the Suez Crisis. CIA Agent Rocky Stone, who had played a minor role in the Iranian Revolution, was working at the Damascus embassy as a diplomat but was the station chief. Syrian officers on the CIA dole quickly appeared on television stating that they had received money from "corrupt and sinister Americans" "in an attempt to overthrow the legitimate government of Syria."{{sfn|Weiner|2007|p=139}} Syrian forces surrounded the embassy and rousted Agent Stone, who confessed and subsequently made history as the first American diplomat expelled from an Arab nation. This strengthened ties between Syria and Egypt, helping establish the United Arab Republic, and poisoning the well for the US for the foreseeable future.{{sfn|Weiner|2007|p=139}}File:Allen Dulles appointed DCI, 26 February 1953.jpg|thumb|190px|President Kennedy presents the National Security Medal to Allen DullesAllen Dulles


{{See also|Indonesian mass killings of 1965–66}}The charismatic leader of Indonesia was President Sukarno. His declaration of neutrality in the Cold War put the suspicions of the CIA on him. After Sukarno hosted Bandung Conference, promoting the Non-Aligned Movement, the Eisenhower White House responded with NSC 5518 authorizing "all feasible covert means" to move Indonesia into the Western sphere.{{sfn|Weiner|2007|p=143}}The US had no clear policy on Indonesia. Eisenhower sent his special assistant for security operations, F. M. Dearborn Jr., to Jakarta. His report that there was high instability, and that the US lacked stable allies, reinforced the domino theory. Indonesia suffered from what he described as "subversion by democracy".{{sfn|Weiner|2007|p=145}} The CIA decided to attempt another military coup in Indonesia, where the Indonesian military was trained by the US, had a strong professional relationship with the US military, had a pro-American officer corps that strongly supported their government, and a strong belief in civilian control of the military, instilled partly by its close association with the US military.{{sfn|Weiner|2007|p=146}}On September 25, 1957, Eisenhower ordered the CIA to start a revolution in Indonesia with the goal of regime change. Three days later, Blitz, a Soviet-controlled weekly in India,{{sfn|Weiner|2007|p=170}} reported that the US was plotting to overthrow Sukarno. The story was picked up by the media in Indonesia. One of the first parts of the operation was an 11,500 ton US navy ship landing at Sumatra, delivering weapons for as many as 8,000 potential revolutionaries.{{sfn|Weiner|2007|p=148}}{{failed verification|date=April 2017}}The CIA described Agent Al Pope's bombing and strafing of Indonesia in a CIA B-26 to the President as attacks by "dissident planes." Pope's B-26 was shot down over Ambon, Indonesia on May 18, 1958, and he bailed out. When he was captured, the Indonesian military found his personnel records, after action reports, and his membership card for the officer's club at Clark Field. On March 9, Foster Dulles, the Secretary of State, and brother of DCI Allen Dulles made a public statement calling for a revolt against communist despotism under Sukarno. Three days later, the CIA reported to the White House that the Indonesian Army's actions against the CIA-instigated revolution were suppressing communism.{{sfn|Weiner|2007|p=153}}After Indonesia, Eisenhower displayed mistrust of both the CIA and its Director, Allen Dulles. Dulles too displayed mistrust of the CIA itself. Abbot Smith, a CIA analyst who later became chief of the Office of National Estimates, said, "We had constructed for ourselves a picture of the USSR, and whatever happened had to be made to fit into this picture. Intelligence estimators can hardly commit a more abominable sin." Something reflected in intelligence failure in Indonesia. On December 16, Eisenhower received a report from his intelligence board of consultants that said the agency was "incapable of making objective appraisals of its own intelligence information as well as its own operations."{{sfn|Weiner|2007|p=154}}

Democratic Republic of the Congo

In the election of Patrice Lumumba, and his acceptance of Soviet support the CIA saw another possible Cuba. This view swayed the White House. Ike ordered that Lumumba be "eliminated." The CIA delivered a quarter of a million dollars to Joseph Mobutu, their favored Congolese political figure. Mobutu delivered Lumumba to the Belgians, the former colonial masters of Congo, who executed him in short order.{{sfn|Weiner|2007|p=163}}

Gary Powers U-2 shootdown

File:New Headquarters Building Atrium - Flickr - The Central Intelligence Agency.jpg|thumb|Suspended from the ceiling of the glass-enclosed atrium: three models of the U-2, Lockheed A-12, and D-21 drone. These models are exact replicas at one-sixth scale of the real planes. All three had photographic capabilities. The U-2 was one of the first espionage planes developed by the CIA. The A-12 set unheralded flight records. The D-21 drone was one of the first crewless aircraft ever built. Lockheed Martin CorporationLockheed Martin CorporationAfter the Bomber gap came the Missile Gap. Eisenhower wanted to use the U-2 to disprove the Missile Gap, but he had banned U-2 overflights of the USSR after meeting Secretary Khrushchev at Camp David. Another reason the President objected to the use of the U-2 was that, in the nuclear age, the intelligence he needed most was on their intentions, without which, the US would face a paralysis of intelligence. He was particularly worried that U-2 flights could be seen as preparations for first strike attacks. He had high hopes for an upcoming meeting with Khrushchev in Paris. Eisenhower finally gave into CIA pressure to authorize a 16-day window for flights, which was extended an additional six days because of poor weather. On May 1, 1960, the USSR shot down a U-2 flying over the Soviet territory. To Eisenhower, the ensuing coverup destroyed his perceived honesty and his hope of leaving a legacy of thawing relations with Khrushchev. It would also mark the beginning of a long downward slide in the credibility of the Office of the President of the United States. Eisenhower later said that the U-2 coverup was the greatest regret of his Presidency.BOOK, Weiner, Tim, Legacy of ashes : The history of the CIA, 2007, Doubleday, New York, 978-0-385-51445-3, 1st, Ashes,weblink {{rp|160}}

Dominican Republic

{{See also|History of the Central Intelligence Agency#Dominican Republic}}The human rights abuses of Generalissimo Rafael Trujillo had a history of more than three decades, but in August 1960 the United States severed diplomatic relations. The CIA's Special group had decided to arm Dominicans in hopes of an assassination. The CIA had dispersed three rifles and three .38 revolvers, but things paused as Kennedy assumed office. An order approved by Kennedy resulted in the dispersal of four machine guns. Trujillo died from gunshot wounds two weeks later. In the aftermath, Robert Kennedy wrote that the CIA had succeeded where it had failed many times in the past, but in the face of that success, it was caught flatfooted, having failed to plan what to do next.{{sfn|Weiner|2007|p=172}}

Bay of Pigs

{{See also|Assassination attempts on Fidel Castro}}{{See also|History of the Central Intelligence Agency#Cuba}}File:Sam Giancana.jpg|thumb|upright|The CIA recruited Sam Giancana (pictured), Santo Trafficante and other mobsters to assassinate Fidel Castro.NEWS, Snow, Anita, June 27, 2007, CIA Plot to Kill Castro Detailed,weblink The Washington Post, Washington, DC, AP, ]]The CIA welcomed Fidel Castro on his visit to DC, and gave him a face-to-face briefing. The CIA hoped that Castro would bring about a friendly democratic government, and planned to curry his favor with money and guns. On December 11, 1959, a memo reached the DCI's desk recommending Castro's "elimination." Dulles replaced the word "elimination" with "removal," and set the wheels in motion. By mid-August 1960, Dick Bissell would seek, with the blessing of the CIA, to hire the Mafia to assassinate Castro.{{sfn|Weiner|2007|p=161}}The Bay of Pigs Invasion was a failed military invasion of Cuba undertaken by the CIA-sponsored paramilitary group Brigade 2506 on April 17, 1961. A counter-revolutionary military, trained and funded by the CIA, Brigade 2506 fronted the armed wing of the Democratic Revolutionary Front (DRF) and intended to overthrow the increasingly communist government of Fidel Castro. Launched from Guatemala, the invading force was defeated within three days by the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces, under the direct command of Prime Minister Fidel Castro. US President Dwight D. Eisenhower was concerned at the direction Castro's government was taking, and in March 1960, Eisenhower allocated $13.1 million to the CIA to plan Castro's overthrow. The CIA proceeded to organize the operation with the aid of various Cuban counter-revolutionary forces, training Brigade 2506 in Guatemala. Over 1,400 paramilitaries set out for Cuba by boat on April 13. Two days later on April 15, eight CIA-supplied B-26 bombers attacked Cuban airfields. On the night of April 16, the main invasion landed in the Bay of Pigs, but by April 20, the invaders finally surrendered. The failed invasion strengthened the position of Castro's leadership as well as his ties with the USSR. This led eventually to the events of the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. The invasion was a major embarrassment for US foreign policy. US President John F. Kennedy ordered a number of internal investigations across Latin America.{{citation needed|date=October 2016}}The Taylor Board was commissioned to determine what went wrong in Cuba. The Board came to the same conclusion that the Jan '61 President's Board of Consultants on Foreign Intelligence Activities had concluded, and many other reviews prior, and to come, that Covert Action had to be completely isolated from intelligence and analysis. The Inspector General of the CIA investigated the Bay of Pigs. He concluded that there was a need to improve the organization and management of the CIA drastically. The Special Group (Later renamed the 303 Committee) was convened in an oversight role.{{citation needed|date=October 2016}}

Early Cold War, 1953–1966

File:Usaf.u2.750pix.jpg|thumb|Lockheed U-2Lockheed U-2File:Kh-4b corona.jpg|thumb|Early CORONA/KH-4B imagery IMINTIMINTFile:Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird.jpg|thumb|The USAF's SR-71 Blackbird was developed from the CIA's A-12 OXCART.]]The CIA was involved in anti-Communist activities in Burma, Guatemala, and Laos."The Role of Intelligence" (1965). Congress and the Nation. p. 306 There have been suggestions that the Soviet attempt to put missiles into Cuba came, indirectly, when they realized how badly they had been compromised by a US–UK defector in place, Oleg Penkovsky.BOOK, The Spy Who Saved the World: How a Soviet Colonel Changed the Course of the Cold War, Jerrold L., Schecter, Peter S., Deriabin, Scribner, 1992, 0-684-19068-0,weblink One of the most significant operations ever undertaken by the CIA was directed at Zaïre in support of general-turned-dictator Mobutu Sese Seko.JOURNAL, Gibbs, David N., 1995, Let Us Forget Unpleasant Memories: The US State Department's Analysis of the Congo Crisis, Journal of Modern African Studies, 33, 1, 175–180, 161559, There seems little doubt that the Congo was targeted by one of the most extensive covert operations in the history of the CIA, and its significance has been noted repeatedly by former officers, as well as by scholars. Americans in both the CIA station and the embassy directly intervened in Congolese affairs, bribing parliamentarians, setting up select units of the military, and promoting the career of General Mobutu. In addition to any assassination plots, it is well documented that the United States played an essential role in two efforts to overthrow Lumumba, both in September 1960...., 10.1017/s0022278x0002098x,


The CIA and the United States government were involved in the 1964 Brazilian coup d'état. The coup occurred from March 31 to April 1, which resulted in the Brazilian Armed Forces ousting President João Goulart. The United States saw Goulart as a left-wing threat in Latin America. Secret cables written by the US Ambassador to Brazil, Lincoln Gordon, confirmed that the CIA was involved in covert action in Brazil. The CIA encouraged “pro-democracy street rallies” in Brazil, for instance, to create dissent against Goulart.WEB,weblink Top Secret Cable from Rio de Janeiro, Gordon, Lincoln, 27 March 1964, NSA Archives,

Indochina, Tibet and the Vietnam War (1954–1975)

The OSS Patti mission arrived in Vietnam near the end of World War II, and had significant interaction with the leaders of many Vietnamese factions, including Ho Chi Minh.BOOK, Why Viet Nam?: Prelude to America's albatross, Patti, Archimedes L. A., University of California Press, 1980, 0-520-04156-9, The CIA Tibetan program consists of political plots, propaganda distribution, as well as paramilitary and intelligence gathering based on U.S. commitments made to the Dalai Lama in 1951 and 1956.WEB, Status Report on Tibetan Operations,weblink Office of the Historian, January 26, 1968, During the period of U.S. combat involvement in the Vietnam War, there was considerable argument about progress among the Department of Defense under Robert McNamara, the CIA, and, to some extent, the intelligence staff of Military Assistance Command Vietnam.BOOK, War of Numbers: An Intelligence Memoir, Sam, Adams, Steerforth Press, 1994, 1-883642-23-X,weblink Sometime between 1959 and 1961 the CIA started Project Tiger, a program of dropping South Vietnamese agents into North Vietnam to gather intelligence. These were failures; the Deputy Chief for Project Tiger, Captain Do Van Tien, admitted that he was an agent for Hanoi.{{sfn|Weiner|2007|p=213}}


In the face of the failure of Project Tiger, the Pentagon wanted CIA paramilitary forces to participate in their Op Plan 64A, this resulted in the CIA's foreign paramilitaries being put under the command of the DOD, a move seen as a slippery slope inside the CIA, a slide from covert action towards militarization.{{sfn|Weiner|2007|p=237}}The antiwar movement rapidly expanded across the United States during the Johnson presidency. Johnson wanted CIA Director Richard Helms to substantiate Johnson's hunch that Moscow and Beijing were financing and influencing the American antiwar movement. Thus, in the fall of 1967, the CIA launched a domestic surveillance program code-named Chaos that would linger for a total of seven years. Police departments across the country cooperated in tandem with the agency, amassing a "computer index of 300,000 names of American people and organizations, and extensive files on 7,200 citizens." Helms hatched a "Special Operations Group" in which "[eleven] CIA officers grew long hair, learned the jargon of the New Left, and went off to infiltrate peace groups in the United States and Europe."{{sfn|Weiner|2007|p=285}}A CIA analyst's assessment of Vietnam was that the US was "becoming progressively divorced from reality... [and] proceeding with far more courage than wisdom".{{sfn|Weiner|2007|p=248}}


{{See also|History of the Central Intelligence Agency#Nixon}}In 1971, the NSA and CIA were engaged in domestic spying. The DOD was eavesdropping on Kissinger. The White House and Camp David were wired for sound. Nixon and Kissinger were eavesdropping on their aides, as well as reporters. Famously, Nixon's Plumbers had in their number many former CIA agents, including Howard Hunt, Jim McCord, and Eugenio Martinez. On July 7, 1971, John Ehrlichman, Nixon's domestic policy chief, told DCI Cushman, Nixon's hatchet-man in the CIA, to let Cushman "know that [Hunt] was, in fact, doing some things for the President... you should consider he has pretty much carte blanche"{{sfn|Weiner|2007|p=319}} Importantly, this included a camera, disguises, a voice-altering device, and ID papers furnished by the CIA, as well as the CIA's participation developing film from the burglary Hunt staged on the office of Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg's psychologist.{{citation needed|date=October 2016}}On June 17, Nixon's Plumbers were caught burglarizing the DNC offices in the Watergate. On June 23, DCI Helms was ordered by the White House to wave the FBI off using national security as a pretext. The new DCI, Walters, another Nixon hack, called the acting director of the FBI and told him to drop the investigation as ordered.{{sfn|Weiner|2007|p=321}} On June 26, Nixon's counsel John Dean ordered DCI Walters to pay the plumbers untraceable hush money. The CIA was the only part of the government that had the power to make off the book payments, but it could only be done on the orders of the CI, or, if he was out of the country, the DCI. The Acting Director of the FBI started breaking ranks. He demanded the CIA produce a signed document attesting to the national security threat of the investigation. Jim McCord's lawyer contacted the CIA informing them that McCord had been offered a Presidential pardon if he fingered the CIA, testifying that the break-in had been an operation of the CIA. Nixon had long been frustrated by what he saw as a liberal infection inside the CIA and had been trying for years to tear the CIA out by its roots. McCord wrote "If [DCI] Helms goes (takes the fall) and the Watergate operation is laid at the CIA's feet, where it does not belong, every tree in the forest will fall. It will be a scorched desert."{{sfn|Weiner|2007|p=322}}On November 13, after Nixon's landslide re-election, Nixon told Kissinger "[I intend] to ruin the Foreign Service. I mean ruin it – the old Foreign Service – and to build a new one." He had similar designs for the CIA and intended to replace Helms with James Schlesinger.{{sfn|Weiner|2007|p=322}} Nixon had told Helms that he was on the way out, and promised that Helms could stay on until his 60th birthday, the mandatory retirement age. On February 2, Nixon broke that promise, carrying through with his intention to "remove the deadwood" from the CIA. "Get rid of the clowns" was his order to the incoming CI. Kissinger had been running the CIA since the beginning of Nixon's presidency, but Nixon impressed on Schlesinger that he must appear to Congress to be in charge, averting their suspicion of Kissinger's involvement.{{sfn|Weiner|2007|p=323}} Nixon also hoped that Schlesinger could push through broader changes in the intelligence community that he had been working towards for years, the creation of a Director of National Intelligence, and spinning off the covert action part of the CIA into a separate organ. Before Helms would leave office, he would destroy every tape he had secretly made of meetings in his office, and many of the papers on Project MKUltra. In Schlesinger's 17-week tenure, in his assertion to President Nixon that it was "imperative to cut back on 'the prominence of CIA operations' around the world," the director fired more than 1,500 employees.Weiner Tim 2007A Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA New York Doubleday p. 339 As Watergate threw the spotlight on the CIA, Schlesinger, who had been kept in the dark about the CIA's involvement, decided he needed to know what skeletons were in the closet. He issued a memo to every CIA employee directing them to disclose to him any CIA activity they knew of past or present that could fall outside the scope of the CIA's charter.{{citation needed|date=October 2016}}File:Operation Condor participants.svg|thumb|200px|(Operation Condor|Operation Condor]] participants. Green: active members. Blue: collaborator (United States).)This became the Family Jewels. It included information linking the CIA to the assassination of foreign leaders, the illegal surveillance of some 7,000 U.S. citizens involved in the antiwar movement (Operation CHAOS), the CIA had also experimented on U.S. and Canadian citizens without their knowledge, secretly giving them LSD (among other things) and observing the results. This prompted Congress to create the Church Committee in the Senate, and the Pike Committee in the House. President Gerald Ford created the Rockefeller Commission, and issued an executive order prohibiting the assassination of foreign leaders. DCI Colby leaked the papers to the press, later he stated that he believed that providing Congress with this information was the correct thing to do, and ultimately in the CIA's interests.VIDEO, Carl Colby (director), September 2011, The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby,weblink Motion picture, Act 4 Entertainment, New York City, September 18, 2011, September 15, 2011,

Congressional Investigations

Acting Attorney General Laurence Silberman learned of the existence of the Family Jewels, he issued a subpoena for them, prompting eight congressional investigations on the domestic spying activities of the CIA. Bill Colby's short tenure as DCI would end with the Halloween Massacre. His replacement was George H.W. Bush. At the time, the DOD had control of 80% of the intelligence budget.{{sfn|Weiner|2007|p=347}} Communication and coordination between the CIA and the DOD would suffer greatly under Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. The CIA's budget for hiring clandestine officers had been squeezed out by the paramilitary operations in south-east Asia, and the government's poor popularity further strained hiring. This left the agency bloated with middle management, and anemic in younger officers. With employee training taking five years, the agency's only hope would be on the trickle of new officers coming to fruition years in the future. The CIA would see another setback as communists would take Angola. William J. Casey, a member of Ford's Intelligence Advisory Board, would press Bush to allow a team from outside the CIA to produce Soviet military estimates as a "Team B." Bush gave the OK. The "B" team was composed of hawks. Their estimates were the highest that could be justified, and they painted a picture of a growing Soviet military when the Soviet military was indeed shrinking. Many of their reports found their way to the press. As a result of the investigations, Congressional oversight of the CIA eventually evolved into a select intelligence committee in the House, and Senate supervising covert actions authorized by the President.{{citation needed|date=October 2016}}


Chad's neighbor Libya was a major source of weaponry to communist rebel forces. The CIA seized the opportunity to arm and finance Chad's Prime Minister, Hissène Habré after he created a breakaway government in Western Sudan,WEB,weblink Our Man in Africa, Michael, Bronner, December 11, 2014, Foreign Policy, even giving him Stinger missiles.NEWS,weblink Former Chad leader Hissène Habré charged with crimes against humanity, Michael, Bronner, July 3, 2013, The Guardian,


{{See also|CIA activities in Afghanistan|Operation Cyclone}}{{Further|Allegations of CIA assistance to Osama bin Laden}}File:National Park Service 9-11 Statue of Liberty and WTC fire.jpg|thumb|Critics assert that funding the Afghan mujahideen (Operation Cyclone) played a role in causing the September 11 attacksSeptember 11 attacksIn Afghanistan, the CIA funneled $40 billion worth of weapons,MAGAZINE, 1999,weblink The Cost of an Afghan 'Victory', The Nation, December 16, 2013,weblink" title="">weblink March 2, 2014, dead, which included over two thousand FIM-92 Stinger surface-to-air missiles,NEWS,weblink Afghanistan war logs: US covered up fatal Taliban missile strike on Chinook, Declan, Walsh, July 25, 2010, The Guardian, to Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), which funneled them to almost 100,000 Afghan resistance fighters, notably the Mujahideen, and foreign "Afghan Arabs" from forty Muslim countries.NEWS, 2009,weblink Story of US, CIA and Taliban, The Brunei Times, December 16, 2013,weblink" title="">weblink December 5, 2013, NEWS, West, Julian,weblink Pakistan's 'godfathers of the Taliban' hold the key to hunt for bin Laden, The Daily Telegraph, September 23, 2001, April 9, 2011, London,


{{See also|History of the Central Intelligence Agency#Iran/Contra}}Under President Jimmy Carter, the CIA was conducting covertly funded pro-American opposition against the Sandinista. In March 1981, Reagan told Congress that the CIA would protect El Salvador by preventing the shipment of Nicaraguan arms into the country to arm Communist rebels. This was a ruse. The CIA was arming and training Nicaraguans Contras in Honduras in hopes that they could depose the Sandinistas in Nicaragua.{{sfn|Weiner|2007|p=380}} Through the intelligence branch of the CIA supported William J. Casey's tenure as DCI little of what he said in the National Security Planning Group, or to President Reagan, so Casey formed the Central American Task Force, staffed with yes men from Covert Action.{{sfn|Weiner|2007|p=380}} On December 21, 1982, Congress passed a law restricting the CIA to its stated mission, restricting the flow of arms from Nicaragua to El Salvador, prohibiting the use of funds to oust the Sandinistas. Reagan testified before Congress, assuring them that the CIA was not trying to topple the Nicaraguan government.{{citation needed|date=October 2016}}


The CIA's prime source in Lebanon was Bashir Gemayel, a member of the Christian Maronite sect. The uprising against the Maronite minority blinded the CIA. Israel invaded Lebanon, and, along with the CIA, propped up Gemayel. This got Gemayel's assurance that Americans would be protected in Lebanon. Thirteen days later he was assassinated. Imad Mughniyah, a Hezbollah assassin would target Americans in retaliation for the Israeli invasion, the Sabra and Shatila massacre, and the US Marines of the Multi-National Force for their role in opposing the PLO in Lebanon. On April 18, 1983, a 2,000lb car bomb exploded in the lobby of the American embassy in Beirut, killing 63 people including 17 Americans, and 7 CIA officers, including Robert Ames, one of the CIA's best Middle East experts. America's fortunes in Lebanon would only suffer more as America's poorly-directed retaliation for the bombing was interpreted by many as support for the Christian Maronite minority. On October 23, 1983, two bombs (1983 Beirut Bombing) were set off in Beirut, including a 10-ton bomb at a US military barracks that killed 242 people. Both attacks are believed to have been planned by Iran as a way of Mughniyah.{{citation needed|date=August 2016}}The Embassy bombing had taken the life of the CIA's Beirut Station Chief, Ken Haas. Bill Buckley was sent in to replace him. Eighteen days after the US Marines left Lebanon, Buckley was kidnapped. On March 7, 1984, Jeremy Levin, CNN Bureau Chief in Beirut was kidnapped. Twelve more Americans would be captured in Beirut during the Reagan Administration. Manucher Ghorbanifar, a former Savak agent was an information seller, and the subject of a rare CIA burn notice for his track record of misinformation. He reached out to the agency offering a back channel to Iran, suggesting a trade of missiles that would be lucrative to the intermediaries.{{sfn|Weiner|2007|p=397}}


CIA activities ostensibly carried out by the CIA within Pakistan. It has been alleged by such authors as Ahmed Rashid that the CIA and ISI have been waging a clandestine war. The Afghan Taliban{{snd}}with whom the United States is officially in conflict{{snd}}is headquartered in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas and according to some reports is largely funded by the ISI. The Pakistani government denies this.

India–Pakistan geopolitical tensions

On May 11, 1998, CIA Director George Tenet and his agency were taken aback by India's successful detonation of a nuclear bomb. The bellicose gesture ruffled the feathers of its arch nuclear-capable adversary, Pakistan, and, furthermore, "remade the balance of power in the world." The nuclear test was New Delhi's calculated response to Pakistan previously testing new missiles in its expanding arsenal. This seismic series of events subsequently revealed the CIA's lazily "failure of espionage, a failure to read photographs, a failure to comprehend reports, a failure to think, and a failure to see."{{sfn|Weiner|2007|p=468}}

Poland 1980–1989

{{See also|Poland–United States relations}}Unlike the Carter Administration, the Reagan Administration supported the Solidarity movement in Poland, and{{snd}}based on CIA intelligence{{snd}}waged a public relations campaign to deter what the Carter administration felt was "an imminent move by large Soviet military forces into Poland." Colonel Ryszard Kukliński, a senior officer on the Polish General Staff, was secretly sending reports to the CIA.JOURNAL, Richard T., Davies, The CIA and the Polish Crisis of 1980–1981, Journal of Cold War Studies, 2004, 6, 3, 120–123, 10.1162/1520397041447346, The CIA transferred around $2 million yearly in cash to Solidarity, which suggests that $10 million total is a reasonable estimate for the five-year total. There were no direct links between the CIA and Solidarnosc, and all money was channeled through third parties.BOOK, Gregory F., Domber, Supporting the Revolution: America, Democracy, and the End of the Cold War in Poland, 1981–1989,weblink 2008, ProQuest, 199, 9780549385165, , revised as Domber 2014, p. 110. CIA officers were barred from meeting Solidarity leaders, and the CIA's contacts with Solidarnosc activists were weaker than those of the AFL-CIO, which raised 300 thousand dollars from its members, which were used to provide material and cash directly to Solidarity, with no control of Solidarity's use of it. The U.S. Congress authorized the National Endowment for Democracy to promote democracy, and the NED allocated $10 million to Solidarity.WEB, Domber, Gregory F., What Putin Misunderstands about American Power,weblink August 28, 2014, University of North Carolina Press, University of California Press Blog, harv, When the Polish government launched a crackdown of its own in December 1981, however, Solidarity was not alerted. Potential explanations for this vary; some believe that the CIA was caught off guard, while others suggest that American policy-makers viewed an internal crackdown as preferable to an "inevitable Soviet intervention."WEB, MacEachin, Douglas J.,weblink US Intelligence and the Polish Crisis 1980–1981, Central Intelligence Agency, June 28, 2008, CIA support for Solidarity included money, equipment and training, which was coordinated by Special Operations CIA division.MAGAZINE,weblink The Holy Alliance, Carl, Bernstein, June 24, 2001, Time,, Henry Hyde, U.S. House intelligence committee member, stated that USA provided "supplies and technical assistance in terms of clandestine newspapers, broadcasting, propaganda, money, organizational help and advice".BOOK, Branding Democracy: U.S. Regime Change in Post-Soviet Eastern Europe, Gerald, Sussman, New York, Peter Lang, 2010, 128, 978-1-43310-530-2, Michael Reisman from Yale Law School named operations in Poland as one of the covert actions of CIA during Cold War.BOOK, Looking to the Future: Essays on International Law in Honor of W. Michael Reisman, Mahnoush H., Arsanjani, Jacob Katz, Cogan, Robert D., Sloane, Siegfried, Wiessner, Leiden & Boston, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2011, 978-9-00417-361-3, Initial funds for covert actions by CIA were $2 million, but soon after authorization was increased and by 1985 CIA successfully infiltrated PolandBOOK, Executive Secrets: Covert Action and the Presidency, William J., Daugherty, Lexington, University Press of Kentucky, 2004, 978-0-81312-334-9, 201–203,weblink Rainer Thiel in Nested Games of External Democracy Promotion: The United States and the Polish Liberalization 1980–1989 mentions how covert operations by CIA and spy games among others allowed USA to proceed with successful regime change.BOOK, Rainer, Thiel, Nested Games of External Democracy Promotion: The United States and the Polish Liberalization 1980–1989, Wiesbaden, VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, 2010, 273, 978-3-53117-769-4,

Operation Desert Storm

During the Iran-Iraq war, the CIA had backed both sides. The CIA had maintained a network of spies in Iran, but in 1989 a CIA mistake compromised every agent they had in there, and the CIA had no agents in Iraq. In the weeks before the Invasion of Kuwait, the CIA downplayed the military buildup. During the war, CIA estimates of Iraqi abilities and intentions flip-flopped and were rarely accurate. In one particular case, the DOD had asked the CIA to identify military targets to bomb. One target the CIA identified was an underground shelter. The CIA didn't know that it was a civilian bomb shelter. In a rare instance, the CIA correctly determined that the coalition forces efforts were coming up short in their efforts to destroy SCUD missiles. Congress took away the CIA's role in interpreting spy-satellite photos, putting the CIA's satellite intelligence operations under the auspices of the military. The CIA created its office of military affairs, which operated as "second-echelon support for the Pentagon... answering... questions from military men [like] 'how wide is this road?'"{{sfn|Weiner|2007|p=428}}

Fall of the USSR

{{See also|History of the Central Intelligence Agency#Fall of the USSR}}Gorbachev's announcement of the unilateral reduction of 500,000 Soviet troops took the CIA by surprise. Moreover, Doug MacEachin, the CIA's Chief of Soviet analysis said that even if the CIA had told the President, the NSC, and Congress about the cuts beforehand, it would have been ignored. "We never would have been able to publish it."{{sfn|Weiner|2007|p=429}} All the CIA numbers on the USSR's economy were wrong. Too often the CIA relied on inexperienced people supposedly deemed experts. Bob Gates had preceded Doug MacEachin as Chief of Soviet analysis, and he had never visited Russia. Few officers, even those stationed in the country spoke the language of the people on whom they spied. And the CIA could not send agents to respond to developing situations. The CIA analysis of Russia during the entire cold war was either driven by ideology, or by politics. William J. Crowe, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, noted that the CIA "talked about the Soviet Union as if they weren't reading the newspapers, much less developed clandestine intelligence."{{sfn|Weiner|2007|p=430}}

President Clinton

On January 25, 1993, Mir Qazi opened fire at the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, killing two agents and wounding three others. On February 26, Al-Qaeda terrorists led by Ramzi Yousef bombed the parking garage below the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City, killing six people and injuring 1,402 others.During the Bosnian War, the CIA ignored signs within and without of the Srebrenica massacre. On July 13, 1995, when the press report about the massacre came out, the CIA received pictures from spy satellite of prisoners guarded by men with guns in Srebrenica.BOOK, Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA, Weiner, Tim, Anchor Books, 2008, New York, NY, 527, The CIA had no agents on the ground to verify the report. Two weeks after news reports of the slaughter, the CIA sent a U-2 to photograph it. A week later the CIA completed its report on the matter. The final report came to the Oval Office on August 4, 1995. In short, it took three weeks for the agency to confirm that one of the largest mass murders in Europe since the Second World War had occurred. Another CIA mistakes in Balkan during Clinton presidency occurred in NATO bombing of Serbia. To force Slobodan Milošević to withdraw his troops from Kosovo. The CIA had been invited to provide military targets for bombings. The agency's analysts used tourist maps to fix the location.BOOK, The Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA, Weiner, Tim, Anchor Books, 2008, New York, NY, 546, However, the agency incorrectly provided the coordinates of the Chinese Embassy as a target resulting in its bombing. The CIA had misread the target as Slobodan Milosevic 's military depot.BOOK, The Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA, Weiner, Tim, Anchor Books, 2008, New York, NY, 547, In France, the CIA had orders for economic intelligence; a female CIA agent revealed her connections to the CIA to the French. Dick Holm, Paris Station Chief, was expelled.{{citation needed|date=July 2017}} In Guatemala, the CIA produced the Murphy Memo, based on audio recordings made by bugs planted by Guatemalan intelligence in the bedroom of Ambassador Marilyn McAfee. In the recording, Ambassador McAfee verbally entreated "Murphy." The CIA circulated a memo in the highest Washington circles accusing Ambassador McAfee of having an extramarital lesbian affair with her secretary, Carol Murphy. There was no affair. Ambassador McAfee was calling to Murphy, her poodle.{{sfn|Weiner|2007|p=459}}Harold James Nicholson would burn several serving officers and three years of trainees before he was caught spying for Russia. In 1997 the House would pen another report, which said that CIA officers know little about the language or politics of the people they spy on; the conclusion was that the CIA lacked the "depth, breadth, and expertise to monitor political, military, and economic developments worldwide."{{sfn|Weiner|2007|p=465}} Russ Travers said in the CIA in-house journal that in five years "intelligence failure is inevitable".{{sfn|Weiner|2007|p=466}} In 1997 the CIA's new director George Tenet would promise a new working agency by 2002. The CIA's surprise at India's detonation of an atom bomb was a failure at almost every level. After the 1998 embassy bombings by Al Qaeda, the CIA offered two targets to be hit in retaliation. One of them was the Al-Shifa pharmaceutical factory, where traces of chemical weapon precursors had been detected. In the aftermath, it was concluded that "the decision to target al Shifa continues a tradition of operating on inadequate intelligence about Sudan." It triggered the CIA to make "substantial and sweeping changes" to prevent "a catastrophic systemic intelligence failure."{{sfn|Weiner|2007|p=470}} Between 1991 and 1998 the CIA lost 3,000 employees.{{citation needed|date=October 2016}}

Aldrich Ames

{{See also|Aldrich Ames}}Between 1985 and 1986 the CIA lost every spy it had in Eastern Europe. The details of the investigation into the cause were obscured from the new Director, and the investigation had little success and has been widely criticized. In June 1987, Major Florentino Aspillaga Lombard, the chief of Cuban Intelligence in Czechoslovakia drove into Vienna and walked into the American Embassy to defect. He revealed that every single Cuban spy on the CIA payroll was a double agent, pretending to work for the CIA, but secretly still being loyal to Castro. On February 21, 1994, FBI agents pulled Aldrich Ames out of his Jaguar.{{sfn|Weiner|2007|p=448}} In the investigation that ensued, the CIA discovered that many of the sources for its most important analyses of the USSR were based on Soviet disinformation fed to the CIA by controlled agents. On top of that, it was discovered that, in some cases, the CIA suspected at the time that the sources were compromised, but the information was sent up the chain as genuine.{{sfn|Weiner|2007|p=450}}WEB,weblink Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI History: Famous Cases â€“ Aldrich Hazen Ames, July 4, 2008,weblink" title="">weblink June 11, 2008,

Osama bin Laden

Agency files show that it is believed Osama bin Laden was funding the Afghan rebels against the USSR in the 1980s.{{sfn|Weiner|2007|p=460}} In 1991, bin Laden returned to his native Saudi Arabia protesting the presence of troops, and Operation Desert Storm. He was expelled from the country. In 1996, the CIA created a team to hunt bin Laden. They were trading information with the Sudanese until, on the word of a source that would later be found to be a fabricator, the CIA closed its Sudan station later that year. In 1998 bin Laden would declare war on America, and, on August 7, strike in Tanzania and Nairobi. On October 12, 2000, Al Qaeda bombed the USS Cole. In 1947 when the CIA was founded, there were 200 agents in the Clandestine Service. In 2001, of the 17,000 employees in the CIA, there were 1,000 in the Clandestine Service. Of that 1,000 few would accept hardship postings. In the first days of George W. Bush's presidency, Al Qaeda threats were ubiquitous in daily Presidential CIA briefings, but it may have become a case of the boy who cries wolf. The agency's predictions were dire but carried little weight, and the focus of the President and his defense staff were elsewhere. The CIA arranged the arrests of suspected Al Qaeda members through cooperation with foreign agencies, but the CIA could not definitively say what effect these arrests have had, and it could not gain hard intelligence from those captured. The President had asked the CIA if Al Qaeda could plan attacks in the US. On August 6, Bush received a daily briefing with the headline, not based on current, solid intelligence, "Al Qaeda determined to strike inside the US." The US had been hunting bin Laden since 1996 and had had several opportunities, but neither Clinton, nor Bush had wanted to risk their skin taking an active role in a murky assassination plot, and the perfect opportunity had never materialized for a trigger shy DCI that would have given him the reassurances he needed to take the plunge. That day, Richard A. Clarke sent National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice warning of the risks, and decrying the inaction of the CIA.{{sfn|Weiner|2007|p=480}}

Al-Qaeda and the "Global War on Terrorism"

{{Further|CIA transnational anti-terrorism activities|Human rights violations by the CIA|Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture}}File:A bounty leaflect prepared by the USA for use in Afghanistan (front) -a.jpg|thumb|The CIA prepared a series of leaflets announcing bounties for those who turned in or denounced individuals suspected of association with the TalibanTalibanThe CIA had long been dealing with terrorism originating from abroad, and in 1986 had set up a Counterterrorist Center to deal specifically with the problem. At first, confronted with secular terrorism, the agency found Islamist terrorism looming increasingly large on its scope.{{citation needed|date=October 2016}}In January 1996, the CIA created an experimental "virtual station," the Bin Laden Issue Station, under the Counterterrorist Center, to track bin Laden's developing activities. Al-Fadl, who defected to the CIA in spring 1996, began to provide the Station with a new image of the Al Qaeda leader: he was not only a terrorist financier but a terrorist organizer as well. FBI Special Agent Dan Coleman (who together with his partner Jack Cloonan had been "seconded" to the bin Laden Station) called him Qaeda's "Rosetta Stone".JOURNAL, Mayer, Jane, Junior: The clandestine life of America's top Al Qaeda source, The New Yorker, September 11, 2006,weblink February 28, 2014, In 1999, CIA chief George Tenet launched a grand "Plan" to deal with al-Qaeda. The Counterterrorist Center, its new chief Cofer Black and the center's bin Laden unit were the Plan's developers and executors. Once it was prepared Tenet assigned CIA intelligence chief Charles E. Allen to set up a "Qaeda cell" to oversee its tactical execution.BOOK, Tenet, George, George Tenet, Harlow, Bill, Bill Harlow, At the Center of the Storm: My Years at the CIA, 2007, HarperCollins, New York, 978-0-06-114778-4, 119–120,weblink 71163669, In 2000, the CIA and USAF jointly ran a series of flights over Afghanistan with a small remote-controlled reconnaissance drone, the Predator; they obtained probable photos of bin Laden. Cofer Black and others became advocates of arming the Predator with missiles to try to assassinate bin Laden and other al-Qaeda leaders. After the Cabinet-level Principals Committee meeting on terrorism of September 4, 2001, the CIA resumed reconnaissance flights, the drones now being weapons-capable.{{citation needed|date=October 2016}}

September 11 attacks and its aftermath

File:Cia-mi17.jpg|thumb|right|US Special Forces help Northern Alliance troops away from a CIA-operated MI-17 Hip helicopter at Bagram AirbaseBagram AirbaseOn September 11, 2001, 19 Al-Qaeda members hijacked four passenger jets within the Northeastern United States in a series of coordinated terrorist attacks. Two planes crashed into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, the third into the Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia, and the fourth inadvertently into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The attacks cost the lives of 2,996 people (including the 19 hijackers), caused the destruction of the Twin Towers, and damaged the western side of the Pentagon. Soon after 9/11, The New York Times released a story stating that the CIA's New York field office was destroyed in the wake of the attacks. According to unnamed CIA sources, while first responders, military personnel and volunteers were conducting rescue efforts at the World Trade Center site, a special CIA team was searching the rubble for both digital and paper copies of classified documents. This was done according to well-rehearsed document recovery procedures put in place after the Iranian takeover of the United States Embassy in Tehran in 1979. While it was not confirmed whether the agency was able to retrieve the classified information, it is known that all agents present that day fled the building safely.{{citation needed|date=October 2016}}While the CIA insists that those who conducted the attacks on 9/11 were not aware that the agency was operating at 7 World Trade Center under the guise of another (unidentified) federal agency, this center was the headquarters for many notable criminal terrorism investigations. Though the New York field offices' main responsibilities were to monitor and recruit foreign officials stationed at the United Nations, the field office also handled the investigations of the August 1998 bombings of United States Embassies in East Africa and the October 2000 bombing of the USS Cole.NEWS, Risen, James, A Nation Challenged: The Intelligence Agency; Secret C.I.A. Site in New York Was Destroyed on Sept. 11,weblink December 3, 2013, The New York Times, November 4, 2001, Despite the fact that the 9/11 attacks may have damaged the CIA's New York branch, and they had to loan office space from the US Mission to the United Nations and other federal agencies, there was an upside for the CIA. In the months immediately following 9/11, there was a huge increase in the number of applications for CIA positions. According to CIA representatives that spoke with The New York Times, pre-9/11 the agency received approximately 500 to 600 applications a week, in the months following 9/11 the agency received that number daily.NEWS, Schmitt, Eric, A Nation Challenged: The Intelligence Agencies; Job Seekers Flood Spy Agencies,weblink December 3, 2013, The New York Times, October 22, 2001, The intelligence community as a whole, and especially the CIA, were involved in presidential planning immediately after the 9/11 attacks. In his address to the nation at 8:30pm on September 11, 2001, George W. Bush mentioned the intelligence community: "The search is underway for those who are behind these evil acts, I've directed the full resource of our intelligence and law enforcement communities to find those responsible and bring them to justice."WEB, Bush, George W., President George W. Bush's Address To The Nation on September 11, 2001,weblink YouTube, December 3, 2013, The involvement of the CIA in the newly coined "War on Terror" was further increased on September 15, 2001. During a meeting at Camp David George W. Bush agreed to adopt a plan proposed by CIA director George Tenet. This plan consisted of conducting a covert war in which CIA paramilitary officers would cooperate with anti-Taliban guerillas inside Afghanistan. They would later be joined by small special operations forces teams which would call in precision airstrikes on Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters. This plan was codified on September 16, 2001, with Bush's signature of an official Memorandum of Notification that allowed the plan to proceed.WEB, Fighting on Two Fronts: A Chronology,weblink PBS Frontline, December 3, 2013, News Photo 070208-D-7203T-015.jpg|thumb|Former CIA director Robert Gates meets with Russian Minister of Defense and ex-KGB officer Sergei IvanovSergei IvanovOn November 25–27, 2001, Taliban prisoners revolted at the Qala Jangi prison west of Mazar-e-Sharif. Though several days of struggle occurred between the Taliban prisoners and the Northern Alliance members present, the prisoners did gain the upper hand and obtained North Alliance weapons. At some point during this period Johnny "Mike" Spann, a CIA officer sent to question the prisoners, was beaten to death. He became the first American to die in combat in the war in Afghanistan.After 9/11, the CIA came under criticism for not having done enough to prevent the attacks. Tenet rejected the criticism, citing the agency's planning efforts especially over the preceding two years. He also considered that the CIA's efforts had put the agency in a position to respond rapidly and effectively to the attacks, both in the "Afghan sanctuary" and in "ninety-two countries around the world".BOOK, Tenet, George, Harlow, Bill, At the Center of the Storm: My Years at the CIA, 2007, HarperCollins, New York, 978-0-06-114778-4, 121–122,weblink 71163669, BOOK,weblink At the Center of the Storm: My Years at the CIA, George, Tenet, Bill, Harlow, April 30, 2007, Harper Collins, Google Books, 9780061147784, The new strategy was called the "Worldwide Attack Matrix".Anwar al-Awlaki, a Yemeni-American U.S. citizen and al-Qaeda member, was killed on September 30, 2011, by an air attack carried out by the Joint Special Operations Command. After several days of surveillance of Awlaki by the Central Intelligence Agency, armed drones took off from a new, secret American base in the Arabian Peninsula, crossed into northern Yemen, and fired several Hellfire missiles at al-Awlaki's vehicle. Samir Khan, a Pakistani-American al-Qaeda member and editor of the jihadist Inspire magazine, also reportedly died in the attack. The combined CIA/JSOC drone strike was the first in Yemen since 2002 – there have been others by the military's Special Operations forces – and was part of an effort by the spy agency to duplicate in Yemen the covert war which has been running in Afghanistan and Pakistan.NEWS,weblink Same US military unit that got Osama bin Laden [sic] killed Anwar al-Awlaki, The Daily Telegraph, London, September 30, 2011, February 12, 2012, NEWS,weblink Mark, Mazzetti, Mark Mazzetti, Eric, Schmitt, Eric P. Schmitt, Robert F., Worth, Robert F. Worth, Two-Year Manhunt Led to Killing of Awlaki in Yemen, The New York Times, September 30, 2011, November 29, 2013,

Use of vaccination program in hunt for Osama bin Laden

The agency attracted widespread criticism after it used a local doctor in Pakistan to set up a hepatitis B vaccination program in Abbottabad in 2011 to obtain DNA samples from the occupants of a compound where it was suspected bin Laden was living, hoping to obtain samples from bin Laden or his children in order to confirm his presence. It is unknown whether any useful DNA was acquired from the program, but it was deemed not successful. The doctor was later arrested and sentenced to a lengthy prison term on allegedly unrelated charges.NEWS,weblink CIA organised fake vaccination drive to get Osama bin Laden's family DNA, Shah, Saeed, July 11, 2011, The Guardian, May 3, 2019, London, Médecins Sans Frontières criticised the CIA for endangering and undermining trust in medical workersNEWS, Shah, Saeed, CIA's fake vaccination programme criticised by Médecins Sans Frontières,weblink 15 May 2019, The Guardian, 14 July 2011, and The New York Times reported that the CIA's action had increased resistance to vaccination programs in Pakistan.NEWS, Masood, Salman, Pakistan's War on Polio Falters Amid Attacks on Health Workers and Mistrust,weblink 15 May 2019, New York Times, 29 April 2019,

Failures in intelligence analysis

A major criticism is a failure to forestall the September 11 attacks. The 9/11 Commission Report identifies failures in the IC as a whole. One problem, for example, was the FBI failing to "connect the dots" by sharing information among its decentralized field offices.The report concluded that former DCI George Tenet failed to adequately prepare the agency to deal with the danger posed by al-Qaeda prior to the attacks of September 11, 2001.BOOK, Jones, Milo L., Silberzahn, Philippe, 2013, Constructing Cassandra, Reframing Intelligence Failure at the CIA, 1947–2001, Stanford University Press, 978-0-80479-336-0, 198–202, yes, The report was finished in June 2005 and was partially released to the public in an agreement with Congress, over the objections of current DCI General Michael Hayden. Hayden said its publication would "consume time and attention revisiting ground that is already well plowed."NEWS,weblink Tenet's C.I.A. Unprepared for Qaeda Threat, Report Says, The New York Times, David, Stout, Mark, Mazzetti, August 21, 2007, July 4, 2008, Tenet disagreed with the report's conclusions, citing his planning efforts vis-à-vis al-Qaeda, particularly from 1999.WEB,weblink CIA criticises ex-chief over 9/11, BBC News online, August 22, 2007, December 31, 2009, Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence, Carl W. Ford Jr. remarked, “"As long as we rate intelligence more for its volume than its quality, we will continue to turn out the $40 billion pile of crap we have become famous for.” He further stated, “[The CIA is] broken. It's so broken that nobody wants to believe it.” Ford’s words undermined any romanticized hopes about the agency’s ability to turn agents into real spies and continually failed to acquire hard intelligence on a consistent basis. Congressional oversight of intelligence was inadequate at best. The CIA’s instability resulted from decades of unclear purpose, lack of vision or consistency, and most importantly, it continually succumbed to the negligence of an overweight bureaucracy predicated on ideological fears.Tim Winer. Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA. New York: Doubleday, 2007.

Abuses of CIA authority, 1970s–1990s

Conditions worsened in the mid-1970s, around the time of Watergate. A dominant feature of political life during that period were the attempts of Congress to assert oversight of the U.S. Presidency and the executive branch of the U.S. government. Revelations about past CIA activities, such as assassinations and attempted assassinations of foreign leaders (most notably Fidel Castro and Rafael Trujillo) and illegal domestic spying on U.S. citizens, provided the opportunities to increase Congressional oversight of U.S. intelligence operations.BOOK, How We Got Here: The '70s, Frum, David, David Frum, 2000, Basic Books, New York City, 0-465-04195-7, 49–51,weblink CIA involvement in Contra cocaine trafficking in NicaraguaNEWS, US Concedes Contras Linked to Drugs, But Denies Leadership Involved,weblink May 22, 2017, Associated Press, April 17, 1986,weblink" title="">weblink January 29, 2017, New York City, WEB, Delaval, Craig, Cocaine, Conspiracy Theories & the C.I.A. in Central America,weblink May 22, 2017, PBS, Frontline (U.S. TV series), Frontline, 2000,weblink" title="">weblink April 27, 2017, Boston, Massachusetts, and complicity in the actions of the death squads in El Salvador and Honduras also came to light.NEWS, Cohn, Gary, Thompson, Ginger, When a wave of torture and murder staggered a small U.S. ally, truth was a casualty,weblink May 22, 2017, The Baltimore Sun, June 11, 1995,weblink" title="">weblink February 16, 2017, Baltimore, Maryland, NEWS, Lakhani, Nina, Confidential files on El Salvador human rights stolen after legal action against CIA,weblink May 22, 2017, The Guardian, October 23, 2015,weblink February 28, 2017, London, England, (File: Nixon Oval Office meeting with H.R. Haldeman "Smoking Gun" Conversation June 23, 1972.wav|thumb|Nixon Oval Office meeting with H.R. Haldeman "Smoking Gun" Conversation June 23, 1972. (weblink" title="">Full transcript).)Hastening the CIA's fall from grace was the burglary of the Watergate headquarters of the Democratic Party by former CIA officers, and President Richard Nixon's subsequent attempt to use the CIA to impede the FBI's investigation of the burglary. In the famous "smoking gun" recording that led to President Nixon's resignation, Nixon ordered his chief of staff, H. R. Haldeman, to tell the CIA that further investigation of Watergate would "open the whole can of worms about the Bay of Pigs".WEB,weblink Wyzant, Transcript of a recording of a meeting between President Richard Nixon and H. R. Haldeman in the oval office, June 23, 1972, July 4, 2008, NEWS, Nixon Explains His Taped Cryptic Remark About Helms,weblink 13 June 2019, New York Times, March 12, 1976, In this way Nixon and Haldemann ensured that the CIA's No. 1 and No. 2 ranking officials, Richard Helms and Vernon Walters, communicated to FBI Director L. Patrick Gray that the FBI should not follow the money trail from the burglars to the Committee to Re-elect the President, as it would uncover CIA informants in Mexico. The FBI initially agreed to this due to a long-standing agreement between the FBI and CIA not to uncover each other's sources of information, though within a couple of weeks the FBI demanded this request in writing, and when no such formal request came, the FBI resumed its investigation into the money trail. Nonetheless, when the smoking gun tapes were made public, damage to the public's perception of CIA's top officials, and thus to the CIA as a whole, could not be avoided.BOOK, In Nixon's Web: A Year in the Crosshairs of Watergate, Gray III, L. Patrick, L. Patrick Gray, Ed, Gray, 2008, Times Books/Henry Holt, 978-0-8050-8256-2,weblink File:President Ford meets with CIA Director-designate George Bush - NARA - 7141445.jpg|thumb|left|President Gerald Ford meets with CIA Director-designate George H. W. BushGeorge H. W. BushRepercussions from the Iran–Contra affair arms smuggling scandal included the creation of the Intelligence Authorization Act in 1991. It defined covert operations as secret missions in geopolitical areas where the U.S. is neither openly nor engaged. This also required an authorizing chain of command, including an official, presidential finding report and the informing of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, which, in emergencies, requires only "timely notification."

Iraq War

{{Further|Plame affair}}72 days after the 9/11 attacks President Bush told his Secretary of Defense to update the US plan for an invasion of Iraq, but not to tell anyone. SecDef Rumsfeld asked Bush if he could bring DCI Tenet into the loop, to which Bush agreed.BOOK, Woodward, Bob, Plan of Attack, 2004, Simon & Schuster, New York, 074325547X, 467, The CIA had put out feelers to Iraq in the form of eight of their best officers in Kurdish territory in Northern Iraq hit a goldmine, unprecedented in the famously closed, almost fascist Hussein government. By December 2002 the CIA had close to a dozen functional networks in Iraq{{rp|242}} and would advance so far that they would penetrate Iraq's SSO, and even tap the encrypted communications of the Deputy Prime Minister, even the bodyguard of Hussein's son became an agent. As time passed, the CIA would become more and more frantic about the possibility of their networks being compromised, "rolled up." To the CIA, the Invasion had to occur before the end of February 2003 if their sources inside Hussein's government were to survive. The rollup would happen as predicted, 37 CIA sources recognized by their Thuraya satellite telephones provided for them by the CIA.{{rp|337}}File:Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta stands with Michael Morell, acting director of the CIA, as a citation is read in Morell's homor on stage during one final visit to the CIA.jpg|thumb|Former CIA deputy director Michael Morell (left) apologized to Colin Powell for the CIA's erroneous assessments of Iraq's WMD programs.WEB,weblink Morell 'wanted to apologize' to Powell about WMD evidence, CBS News, May 11, 2015, ]]The case Colin Powell presented before the United Nations (purportedly proving an Iraqi WMD program) was wishful thinking. DDCI John E. McLaughlin was part of a long discussion in the CIA about equivocation. McLaughlin, who would make, among others, the "slam dunk" presentation to the President, "felt that they had to dare to be wrong to be clearer in their judgments".{{rp|197}} The Al Qaeda connection, for instance, was from a single source, extracted through torture, and was later denied. Curveball was a known liar, and the sole source for the mobile chemical weapons factories.{{sfn|Weiner|2007|p=491}} A postmortem of the intelligence failures in the lead up to Iraq led by former DDCI Richard Kerr would conclude that the CIA had been a casualty of the cold war, wiped out in a way "analogous to the effect of the meteor strikes on the dinosaurs."{{sfn|Weiner|2007|p=496}}File:US Senate Report on CIA Detention Interrogation Program.pdf|thumb|200px|The Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA tortureSenate Intelligence Committee report on CIA tortureThe opening days of the Invasion of Iraq would see successes and defeats for the CIA. With its Iraq networks compromised, and its strategic and tactical information shallow, and often wrong, the intelligence side of the invasion itself would be a black eye for the agency. The CIA would see some success with its "Scorpion" paramilitary teams composed of CIA Special Activities Division agents, along with friendly Iraqi partisans. CIA SAD officers would also help the US 10th Special Forces.BOOK, Operation Hotel California: The Clandestine War inside Iraq, Mike, Tucker, Charles, Faddis, 2008, The Lyons Press, 978-1-59921-366-8, WEB,weblink An interview on public radio with the author, March 16, 2010, dead,weblink" title="">weblink September 30, 2011, The occupation of Iraq would be a low point in the history of the CIA. At the largest CIA station in the world, agents would rotate through 1–3-month tours. In Iraq, almost 500 transient agents would be trapped inside the Green Zone while Iraq Station Chiefs would rotate with only a little less frequency.{{sfn|Weiner|2007|p=493}}

2004, DNI takes over CIA top-level functions

The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 created the office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), who took over some of the government and intelligence community (IC)-wide functions that had previously been the CIA's. The DNI manages the United States Intelligence Community and in so doing it manages the intelligence cycle. Among the functions that moved to the DNI were the preparation of estimates reflecting the consolidated opinion of the 16 IC agencies, and preparation of briefings for the president. On July 30, 2008, President Bush issued Executive Order 13470WEB,weblink Executive Order 13470, Federation of American Scientists, March 16, 2010, amending Executive Order 12333 to strengthen the role of the DNI.WEB,weblink Bush Orders Intelligence Overhaul, Chris, Strohm, Congress Daily, August 1, 2008, Nuclear Threat Initiative, Previously, the Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) oversaw the Intelligence Community, serving as the president's principal intelligence advisor, additionally serving as head of the CIA. The DCI's title now is "Director of the Central Intelligence Agency" (D/CIA), serving as head of the CIA.Currently, the CIA reports to the Director of National Intelligence. Before the establishment of the DNI, the CIA reported to the President, with informational briefings to congressional committees. The National Security Advisor is a permanent member of the National Security Council, responsible for briefing the President with pertinent information collected by all U.S. intelligence agencies, including the National Security Agency, the Drug Enforcement Administration, etc. All 16 Intelligence Community agencies are under the authority of the Director of National Intelligence.

Operation Neptune Spear

{{See also|Death of Osama bin Laden}}On May 1, 2011, President Barack Obama announced that Osama bin Laden was killed earlier that day by "a small team of Americans" operating in Abbottabad, Pakistan, during a CIA operation.NEWS,weblink Osama Bin Laden killed in CIA operation, The Washington Post, May 8, 2011, NEWS,weblink Los Angeles Times, Ken, Dilanian, CIA led U.S. special forces mission against Osama bin Laden, May 2, 2011, The raid was executed from a CIA forward base in Afghanistan by elements of the U.S. Navy's Naval Special Warfare Development Group and CIA paramilitary operatives.NEWS, Gaffney: Bin Laden's welcome demise, Frank J., Jr., Gaffney,weblink The Washington Times, May 2, 2011, August 19, 2011, It resulted in the acquisition of extensive intelligence on the future attack plans of al-Qaeda.NEWS, Intelligence break led to bin Laden's hide-out, Bill, Gertz,weblink The Washington Times, May 2, 2011, August 19, 2011, JOURNAL, Schwartz, Mathew J., May 5, 2011, Cracking Bin Laden's Hard Drives, InformationWeek,weblink August 20, 2011, dead,weblink" title="">weblink August 13, 2011, NEWS, Osama bin Laden dead: CIA paramilitaries and elite Navy SEAL killed Al Qaeda leader,weblink The Economic Times, May 2, 2011, August 19, 2011,weblink" title="">weblink January 14, 2016, bot: unknown, The operation was a result of years of intelligence work that included the CIA's capture and interrogation of Khalid Sheik Mohammad (KSM), which led to the identity of a courier of bin Laden's,WEB,weblink Counterterrorism chief declares al-Qaida 'in the past', May 2, 2011, MSNBC, August 19, 2011, NEWS,weblink London, The Daily Telegraph, Tim, Ross, Osama bin Laden dead: trusted courier led US special forces to hideout, May 4, 2011, WEB,weblink CNN, Debate rages about role of torture, May 20, 2011, the tracking of the courier to the compound by Special Activities Division paramilitary operatives and the establishing of a CIA safe house to provide critical tactical intelligence for the operation.NEWS, CIA spied on bin Laden from safe house, Greg, Miller,weblink The Washington Post, May 5, 2011, August 19, 2011, NEWS,weblink The New York Times, Mark, Mazzetti, Helene, Cooper, Peter, Baker, Clues Gradually Led to the Location of Osama bin Laden, May 2, 2011, WEB,weblink CBS News, Pakistan rattled by news of CIA safe house in Abbottabad, May 6, 2011, dead,weblink" title="">weblink May 9, 2011,

Syrian Civil War

File:President Obama and King Salman Deliver Statements to the Press.webm|thumb|President Obama and CIA Director Brennan at the GCC-U.S. Summit in Riyadh in April 2016. Saudi Arabia was involved in the CIA-led Timber SycamoreTimber SycamoreUnder the aegis of operation Timber Sycamore and other clandestine activities, CIA operatives and U.S. special operations troops have trained and armed nearly 10,000 rebel fighters at a cost of $1& billion a year.NEWS, Secret CIA effort in Syria faces large funding cut, Greg, Miller, Karen, DeYoung,weblink The Washington Post, June 12, 2015, The CIA has been sending weapons to anti-government rebels in Syria since at least 2012.NEWS, U.S. has secretly provided arms training to Syria rebels since 2012, David S., Cloud, Raja, Abdulrahim,weblink Los Angeles Times, June 21, 2013, These weapons have been reportedly falling into hands of extremists, such as al-Nusra Front and ISIL.NEWS, The terrorists fighting us now? We just finished training them,weblink Souad, Mekhennet, The Washington Post, August 18, 2014, NEWS, US air strikes in Syria driving anti-Assad groups to support Isis,weblink Mona, Mahmood, The Guardian, November 23, 2014, JOURNAL, Seymour Hersh, Hersh, Seymour,weblink Military to Military, London Review of Books, 38, 1, January 7, 2016, November 29, 2016, Around February 2017, the CIA was instructed to halt military aid to Syrian rebels (Free Syrian Army or FSA), which also included training, ammunition, guided missiles, and salaries. Sources state that the hold on aid was not related to the transitions from Obama's administration to Trump's, but rather due to issues faced by the FSA. Based on responses by rebel officials, they believe that the aid freeze is related to concerns that weapons and funds will fall into the hands of ISIL. Based on information obtained by Reuters, five FSA groups have confirmed that they received funding and military support from a source called "MOM operations room."{{clarify|date=July 2018}} Several countries besides the U.S. had also contributed to the funding of the FSA. These countries include Turkey, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia.{{citation needed|date=July 2018|reason=dead link was here before}} On April 6, 2017, Al-Jazeera reported that funding to the FSA was partially restored. Based on the information provided by two FSA sources, the new military operation room will receive its funds from the coalition "Friends of Syria." The coalition consists of members from the U.S, Turkey, Western Europe, and Gulf states, which previously supported the military operation known as MOM.WEB,weblink Mariya, Petkova, Syria's 'moderate rebels' to form a new alliance, Al Jazeera, April 6, 2017, It was reported in July 2017 that President Donald Trump had ordered a "phasing out" of the CIA's support for anti-Assad rebels.NEWS, Jaffe, Greg, Entous, Adam,weblink Trump ends covert CIA program to arm anti-Assad rebels in Syria, a move sought by Moscow, The Washington Post, July 19, 2017, July 21, 2017,


On March 6, 2015, the office of the D/CIA issued an unclassified edition of a statement by the Director, titled "Our Agency's Blueprint for the Future," as a press release for public consumption. The press release announced sweeping plans for the reorganization and reform of the CIA, which the Director believes will bring the CIA more in line with the agency doctrine called the 'Strategic Direction.' Among the key changes disclosed include the establishment of a new directorate, the Directorate of Digital Innovation, which is responsible for designing and crafting the digital technology to be used by the agency, to keep the CIA always ahead of its enemies. The Directorate of Digital Innovation will also train CIA staff in the use of this technology, to prepare the CIA for the future, and it will also use the technological revolution to deal with cyber-terrorism and other perceived threats. The new directorate will be the chief cyber-espionage arm of the agency going forward.WEB, Message to the Workforce from CIA Director John Brennan: Our Agency's Blueprint for the Future,weblink Central Intelligence Agency, March 6, 2015, Other changes which were announced include the formation of a Talent Development Center of Excellence, the enhancement and expansion of the CIA University and the creation of the office of the Chancellor to head the CIA University to consolidate and unify recruitment and training efforts. The office of the Executive Director will be empowered and expanded, and the secretarial offices serving the Executive Director will be streamlined. The restructuring of the entire Agency is to be revamped according to a new model whereby governance is modeled after the structure and hierarchy of corporations, said to increase the efficiency of workflow and to enable the Executive Director to manage day-to-day activity significantly. As well, another stated intention was to establish 'Mission Centers', each one to deal with a specific geographic region of the world, which will bring the full collaboration and joint efforts of the five Directorates together under one roof. While the Directorate heads will still retain ultimate authority over their respective Directorate, the Mission Centers will be led by an Assistant Director who will work with the capabilities and talents of all five Directorates on mission-specific goals for the parts of the world which they are given responsibility for.The unclassified version of the document ends with the announcement that the National Clandestine Service (NCS) will be reverting to its original Directorate name, the Directorate of Operations. The Directorate of Intelligence is also being renamed. It will now be the Directorate of Analysis.


A new policy introduced by President Barack Obama removed the authority of the CIA to launch drone attacks and allowed these attacks only under Department of Defense command. This change was reversed by President Donald Trump, who authorized CIA drone strikes on suspected terrorists.WEB,weblink Trump Restores CIA Power To Launch Drone Strikes, March 14, 2017, David, Welna, NPR, August 26, 2017,

Open source intelligence

{{Further|Foreign Broadcast Information Service|Open Source Center}}Until the 2004 reorganization of the intelligence community, one of the "services of common concern" that the CIA provided was open source intelligence from the Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS).WEB, Reexamining the Distinction Between Open Information and Secrets,weblink Mercado, Stephen, Center for the Study of Intelligence, April 15, 2007, July 4, 2008, FBIS, which had absorbed the Joint Publication Research Service, a military organization that translated documents,WEB,weblink Joint Publications Research Service (JPRS), Harvard College Library, July 1, 2011, moved into the National Open Source Enterprise under the Director of National Intelligence.During the Reagan administration, Michael Sekora (assigned to the DIA), worked with agencies across the intelligence community, including the CIA, to develop and deploy a technology-based competitive strategy system called Project Socrates. Project Socrates was designed to utilize open source intelligence gathering almost exclusively. The technology-focused Socrates system supported such programs as the Strategic Defense Initiative in addition to private sector projects.MAGAZINE, Esther, Smith, DoD Unveils Competitive Tool: Project Socrates Offers Valuable Analysis, May 5, 1988, Washington Technology, MAGAZINE, Robert, Wrubel, The Frontal Assault: A Conversation with Michael Sekora, July 10, 1990, Financial World, As part of its mandate to gather intelligence, the CIA is looking increasingly online for information, and has become a major consumer of social media. "We're looking at YouTube, which carries some unique and honest-to-goodness intelligence," said Doug Naquin, director of the DNI Open Source Center (OSC) at CIA headquarters. "We're looking at chat rooms and things that didn't exist five years ago, and trying to stay ahead."MAGAZINE, CIA Monitors YouTube For Intelligence,weblink Thomas, Claburn, InformationWeek, February 6, 2008, February 11, 2008, dead,weblink" title="">weblink February 10, 2008, CIA launched a Twitter account in June 2014.WEB, Pfeiffer, Eric,weblink CIA outwits impersonators by embracing Twitter, Facebook, Yahoo! News, June 6, 2014,

Outsourcing and privatization

{{See also|Intelligence Outsourcing}}Many of the duties and functions of Intelligence Community activities, not the CIA alone, are being outsourced and privatized. Mike McConnell, former Director of National Intelligence, was about to publicize an investigation report of outsourcing by U.S. intelligence agencies, as required by Congress.WEB, Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008, Conference Committee Report, December 6, 2007,weblink Federation of American Scientists, However, this report was then classified.NEWS,weblink The Washington Post, R. J., Hillhouse, Who Runs the CIA? Outsiders for Hire, July 8, 2007, July 4, 2008, NEWS,weblink The New York Times, Patrick Radden, Keefe, Don't Privatize Our Spies, June 25, 2007, July 4, 2008, Hillhouse speculates that this report includes requirements for the CIA to report:
  • different standards for government employees and contractors;
  • contractors providing similar services to government workers;
  • analysis of costs of contractors vs. employees;
  • an assessment of the appropriateness of outsourced activities;
  • an estimate of the number of contracts and contractors;
  • comparison of compensation for contractors and government employees;
  • attrition analysis of government employees;
  • descriptions of positions to be converted back to the employee model;
  • an evaluation of accountability mechanisms;
  • an evaluation of procedures for "conducting oversight of contractors to ensure identification and prosecution of criminal violations, financial waste, fraud, or other abuses committed by contractors or contract personnel"; and
  • an "identification of best practices of accountability mechanisms within service contracts."
According to investigative journalist Tim Shorrock:but for double or triple the salary, and profit. It's a privatization of the highest order, in which our collective memory and experience in intelligence – our crown jewels of spying, so to speak – are owned by corporate America. There is essentially no government oversight of this private sector at the heart of our intelligence empire. And the lines between public and private have become so blurred as to be nonexistent.WEB,weblink Former high-ranking Bush officials enjoy war profits, Shorrock, Tim,, May 29, 2008, June 16, 2008, dead,weblink" title="">weblink June 2, 2008, mdy, NEWS,weblink The Business of Intelligence Gathering, Hurt III, Harry, The New York Times, June 15, 2008, June 18, 2008, }}Congress had required an outsourcing report by March 30, 2008.WEB, CIA Contractors: Double or Nothin',weblink R. J., Hillhouse, Raelynn Hillhouse, December 18, 2007,,
The problem is two-fold. Part of the problem, according to Author Tim Weiner, is that political appointees designated by recent presidential administrations have sometimes been under-qualified or over-zealous politically. Large scale purges have taken place in the upper echelons of the CIA, and when those talented individuals are pushed out the door they have frequently gone on to found new independent intelligence companies which can suck up CIA talent. Another part of the contracting problem comes from Congressional restrictions on the number of employees within the IC. According to Hillhouse, this resulted in 70% of the de facto workforce of the CIA's National Clandestine Service being made up of contractors. "After years of contributing to the increasing reliance upon contractors, Congress is now providing a framework for the conversion of contractors into federal government employees{{snd}}more or less." The number of independent contractors hired by the Federal government across the intelligence community has skyrocketed. So, not only does the CIA have trouble hiring, but those hires will frequently leave their permanent employ for shorter term contract gigs which have much higher pay and allow for more career mobility.As with most government agencies, building equipment often is contracted. The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), responsible for the development and operation of airborne and spaceborne sensors, long was a joint operation of the CIA and the United States Department of Defense. The NRO had been significantly involved in the design of such sensors, but the NRO, then under DCI authority, contracted more of the design that had been their tradition, and to a contractor without extensive reconnaissance experience, Boeing. The next-generation satellite Future Imagery Architecture project "how does heaven look," which missed objectives after $4 billion in cost overruns, was the result of this contract.JOURNAL, SBIRS High in the Red Again, March 20, 2005, Amy, Butler,weblink Aviation Week, NEWS,weblink In Death of Spy Satellite Program, Lofty Plans and Unrealistic Bids, Taubman, Philip, November 11, 2007, The New York Times, April 29, 2013, Some of the cost problems associated with intelligence come from one agency, or even a group within an agency, not accepting the compartmented security practices for individual projects, requiring expensive duplication.BOOK, Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years of Lockheed, Ben R., Rich, Back Bay Books, 1996, 0-316-74330-5,


{{See also|Human rights violations by the CIA|Allegations of CIA drug trafficking|CIA influence on public opinion|Operation Mockingbird|Extraordinary rendition|Assassination of Orlando Letelier|Cubana de Aviación Flight 455|Operation Condor}}Throughout its history, the CIA has been the subject of many controversies, both at home and abroad.

In fiction

Fictional depictions of the CIA exist in many books, films and video games. Some fiction draws, at least in parts, on actual historical events, while other works are entirely fictional. The television series Chuck (2007), was based solely on a man who accidentally sees secret CIA encryptions and eventually becomes an asset/liability, and later on an agent in the agency. Films include Charlie Wilson's War (2007), based on the story of U.S. Congressman Charlie Wilson and CIA operative Gust Avrakotos, who supported the Afghan mujahideen, and The Good Shepherd (2006), a fictional spy film produced and directed by Robert De Niro based loosely on the development of counter-intelligence in the CIA. The fictional character Jack Ryan in Tom Clancy's books is a CIA analyst.BOOK, Clancy, Tom, Tom Clancy, The Hunt for Red October, HarperCollins, 0-87021-285-0, 1984, Graham Greene's The Quiet American is about a CIA agent operating in Southeast Asia.BOOK, Graham, Greene, The Quiet American, Penguin Classics, 2004, 0-14-303902-4, Fictional depictions of the CIA are also used in video games, such as Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell, (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2) and (Call of Duty: Black Ops).

See also

{{div col|colwidth=30em}} {{div col end}}




  • BOOK, harv, The CIA in Guatemala: The Foreign Policy of Intervention, Richard H., Immerman, University of Texas Press, 1982, 978-0-292-71083-2,weblink
  • BOOK, Weiner, Tim, 2007, Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA, Doubleday, New York, 978-0-385-51445-3, 82367780, harv, Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA,

Further reading

  • BOOK, Agee, Philip, Philip Agee, 1975, Inside the Company: CIA Diary, Harmondsworth, Penguin, 0-140-04007-2,
  • BOOK, Aldrich, Richard J., The Hidden Hand: Britain, America and Cold War Secret Intelligence, 2001, John Murray, London, 0-7195-5423-3, 46513534,
  • BOOK, Andrew, Christopher, Christopher Andrew (historian), 1996, For the President's Eyes Only, HarperCollins, 0-00-638071-9,
  • BOOK, Baer, Robert, Robert Baer, 2003, Sleeping with the Devil: How Washington Sold Our Soul for Saudi Crude, Crown, 1-4000-5021-9,
  • BOOK, Bearden, Milton, Milton Bearden, James Risen, 2003, The Main Enemy: The Inside Story of the CIA's Final Showdown With the KGB, Random House, 0-679-46309-7,
  • BOOK, Steve Coll, Coll, Steve, Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001, Penguin Group, 2004, 978-1594200076, Ghost Wars,
  • Dujmovic, Nicholas, "Drastic Actions Short of War: The Origins and Application of CIA's Covert Paramilitary Function in the Early Cold War," Journal of Military History, 76 (July 2012), 775–808
  • BOOK, Gibson, Bryan R., Sold Out? US Foreign Policy, Iraq, the Kurds, and the Cold War, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, 978-1-137-48711-7,
  • Hilsman, Roger. To Move a Nation: The Politics of Foreign Policy in the Administration of John F. Kennedy (1967) pp 63–88.
  • BOOK, Johnson, Loch K., Loch K. Johnson, 1991, America's Secret Power: The CIA in a Democratic Society, Oxford University Press, 0-19-505490-3,
  • BOOK, Jones, Ishmael, Ishmael Jones, 2010, The Human Factor: Inside the CIA's Dysfunctional Intelligence Culture, Encounter Books, 978-1-59403-223-3,
  • BOOK, Jones, Milo, Silberzahn, Philippe, 2013, Constructing Cassandra, Reframing Intelligence Failure at the CIA, 1947–2001, Stanford University Press, 978-0804793360,
  • BOOK, Marchetti, Victor, Victor Marchetti, John D. Marks, 1974, The CIA and the Cult of Intelligence, Knopf, 0-394-48239-5, The CIA and the Cult of Intelligence,
  • BOOK, McCoy, Alfred W., Alfred W. McCoy, 1972, The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia, Harper Colophon, 978-0-06-090328-2, The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia,
  • BOOK, McCoy, Alfred W., Alfred W. McCoy, A Question of Torture: CIA Interrogation, from the Cold War to the War on Terror, 2006, Owl Books (Henry Holt & Co.), New York, 0-8050-8248-4,weblink 78821099,
  • BOOK, Kessler, Ronald, Ronald Kessler, 2003, The CIA at War: Inside the Secret Campaign Against Terror, St. Martin's Press, 0-312-31932-0,
  • BOOK, Stephen Kinzer, Kinzer, Stephen, All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror, John Wiley & Sons, 2003, 978-0470185490, All the Shah's Men,
  • BOOK, Mahle, Melissa Boyle, 2004, Denial and Deception: An Insider's View of the CIA from Iran-Contra to 9/11, Nation Books, 1-56025-649-4,
  • BOOK, Thomas Powers, Powers, Thomas, The Man Who Kept the Secrets: Richard Helms & the CIA, Alfred A. Knopf, 1979, 978-0394507774,
  • Prados, John. Presidents' Secret Wars: CIA and Pentagon Covert Operations from World War II Through the Persian Gulf War (1996)
  • BOOK, Prouty, L. Fletcher (Col. USAF, (Ret.)), L. Fletcher Prouty, 1973, The Secret Team: The CIA and Its Allies In Control of the World, Ballantine Books, 0-345-23776-5,
  • Ranelagh, John. CIA: A History (1992) very favorable review
  • BOOK, Rositzke, Harry, The CIA's Secret Operations, Reader's Digest Press, 1977, 0-88349-116-8,
  • BOOK, Ruth, Steven, 2011, My Twenty Years as a CIA Officer: It's All About The Mission, CreateSpace, Charleston, SC, 978-1-4565-7170-2,
  • BOOK, Sheymov, Victor, 1993, Tower of Secrets, U.S. Naval Institute Press, 978-1-55750-764-8,weblink
  • BOOK, Smith, W. Thomas, Jr., W. Thomas Smith, Jr., 2003, Encyclopedia of the Central Intelligence Agency, Facts on File, 0-8160-4667-0, Encyclopedia of the Central Intelligence Agency,
  • BOOK, Turner, Stansfield, Stansfield Turner, 2006, Burn Before Reading: Presidents, CIA Directors, and Secret Intelligence, Hyperion, 0-7868-8666-8,
  • BOOK, Wallace, Robert, Spycraft: The Secret History of the CIA's Spytechs, from Communism to al-Qaeda, Melton, H. Keith, Schlesinger, Henry R., 2008, Dutton, New York, 978-0-525-94980-0, 18255288,weblink
  • BOOK, David Wise (journalist), Wise, David, Ross, Thomas B., The Invisible Government, Random House, 1964, 978-0394430775,

External links

{{Sister project links |wikt=no |b=no |q=no |v=no}} {{Central Intelligence Agency}}{{Intelligence agencies of USA}}{{External national intelligence agencies}}{{Cold War}}{{War on Terror}}{{Authority control}}

- content above as imported from Wikipedia
- "Central Intelligence Agency" does not exist on GetWiki (yet)
- time: 2:40pm EDT - Tue, Oct 15 2019
[ this remote article is provided by Wikipedia ]
LATEST EDITS [ see all ]
Eastern Philosophy
History of Philosophy
M.R.M. Parrott