Central Intelligence Agency
|Central Intelligence Agency|
|Deputy Director:||Avril D. Haines|
|Annual budget:||$14.7 billion (2013)|
|Total employed:||21,575 (2013)|
|Official website:||Office website|
- 1 History
- 2 Structure
- 3 Issues
- 4 Analysis
- 5 Recent news
- 6 See also
- 7 External links
- 8 References
The CIA employed 21,575 people both in the U.S. and abroad in 2013.
- 1941: Coordinator of Information office formed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as a predecessor to the Director of Central Intelligence
- 1946: Director of Central Intelligence office formed by a Harry Truman Presidential Directive
- 1947: National Intelligence Act passed, forming the Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Council under the Director of Central Intelligence
- 1959-1961: CIA Headquarters built in Langley, VA
- 1961: CIA-backed Cuban exiles attempt Bay of Pigs invasion
- 1962: CIA discovers nuclear weapons in Cuba, leading to Cuban Missile Crisis
- 1976: U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence formed
- 1977: U.S. House Select Committee on Intelligence formed
- 1982: Intelligence Identities Protection Act passed, allowing for prosecution of anyone who reveals identities of intelligence agents
- 1984: Central Intelligence Agency Information Act passed, blocking the CIA from Freedom of Information Act requests
- 2004: Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act passed, restructuring the intelligence community under the Director of National Intelligence; Director of the CIA office formed
The official CIA mission statement is as follows:
|“||Preempt threats and further US national security objectives by collecting intelligence that matters, producing objective all-source analysis, conducting effective covert action as directed by the President, and safeguarding the secrets that help keep our Nation safe.||”|
John Brennan is currently the Director of the CIA.
|Directors of the CIA Full History|
|Directors of the CIA||Years in office||Nominated by||Confirmation vote|
|Porter J. Goss||2004-2006||George W. Bush||77-17|
|Gen. Michael V. Hayden||2006-2009||George W. Bush||78-15|
|Leon Panetta||2009-2011||Barack Obama||100-0|
|David Petraeus||2011-2012||Barack Obama||94-0|
|John Brennan||2013-Present||Barack Obama||63-34|
CIA interrogation tactics report
Portions of an investigation of the interrogation methods of the CIA after September 11, 2001, were made public on July 30, 2014, while the full report was expected to be released at some point in August 2014. The 6,300 page report found that former Secretary of State Colin Powell and many U.S. ambassadors abroad were not initially told of harsh interrogation tactics being used on potential terrorists at "black sites" in foreign countries. Powell was eventually informed of the tactics and sat in on meetings during which they were discussed. During a weekly press conference on August 1, 2014, prior to the release of the official report, President Barack Obama acknowledged that the U.S. had "tortured some folks."
The White House accidentally released a list of talking points to the Associated Press while preparing for the public release of the report. Among the statements, was one proposed by the State Department, claiming, "This report tells a story of which no American is proud. But it is also part of another story of which we can be proud. America’s democratic system worked just as it was designed to work in bringing an end to actions inconsistent with our democratic values." The talking points also posed questions that the administration might face following the report's release, including, "Will the Justice Department revisit its decision not to prosecute anyone?"
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) wrote a letter to President Barack Obama arguing that too much of the document was redacted by the administration, including key points to the committee's findings. In her letter, she claimed, "I have concluded the redactions eliminate or obscure key facts that support the report’s findings and conclusions. Until these redactions are addressed to the committee’s satisfaction, the report will not be made public." According to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the administration redacted about 15 percent of the 6,000 page document.
Senate computer spying
The CIA's inspector general discovered that several CIA employees "improperly accessed or caused access" to the Senate Intelligence Committee computers that were used while investigating the CIA's interrogation tactics. Two lawyers and three computer experts were found to be the culprits of the CIA's snooping. CIA Director John Brennan supposedly put an end to the practice following an internal investigation, but the CIA's office of security opened another investigation, this one unauthorized, that led to the reading of congressional staffers' emails. Brennan apologized to the Senate for the intrusion on July 31, 2014, and followed up, ordering an internal accountability board look into the action of those involved in the spying operation and determine whether discipline was warranted. A summary of the inspector general's report did not reveal who ordered the operation.
A number of lawmakers immediately called for Brennan's resignation upon hearing of the news, with Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) claiming the "CIA unconstitutionally spied on Congress. These offenses, along with other errors in judgment by some at the CIA, demonstrate a tremendous failure of leadership, and there must be consequences." Others seeking his resignation included Sens. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Rand Paul (R-KY).
|Central Intelligence Agency** Annual Budget|
|Year||Budget (in billions)||% Difference from previous year|
**Budgets other than 2013 are approximated based on a chart provided by the Washington Post.
The Black Budget, the unreleased budget of intelligence agencies, was leaked by ex-government contractor Edward Snowden in 2013. The budget breakdown for the CIA was as follows:
- $11.5 billion for data collection expenses
- $1.8 billion for management, building and support
- $1.1 billion for data analysis
- 387.3 million for data processing and exploitation
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term Central + Intelligence + Agency
- All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.
- Central Intelligence Agency, "CIA Vision, Mission, Ethos and Challenges," accessed February 13, 2014
- Central Intelligence Agency, "About CIA," accessed February 13, 2014
- Washington Post, "John Brennan's confirmation: How they voted," March 7, 2013
- Washington Post, "U.S. spy network’s successes, failures and objectives detailed in ‘black budget’ summary," August 29, 2013
- FAS.org, "Key Events in CIA's History," accessed February 13, 2014
- Central Intelligence Agency, "History of the CIA," accessed February 13, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- The Guardian, "CIA initially 'kept Colin Powell in the dark' about torture practices," July 30, 2014
- Politico, "Obama: 'We tortured some folks'," August 1, 2014
- Associated Press, "Topline Messages (as proposed by State)," accessed August 1, 2014
- The Washington Post, "Senate, CIA clash over redactions in interrogation report," August 5, 2014
- Wall Street Journal, "Investigation Finds CIA Improperly Accessed Senate Computers," July 31, 2014
- Christian-Science Monitor, CIA admits to spying on Senate Intelligence Committee," July 31, 2014
- The Hill, "Senators call for CIA chief's resignation," July 31, 2014
- The Atlantic, "Senator Rand Paul: CIA Director John Brennan Should Be Fired," August 1, 2014
- Washington Post, "The Black Budget," August 29, 2013