1947 The CIA officially comes into existence

September 18, 2021

1947 The CIA officially comes into existence

September 18, 1947 – With the passing of The National Security Act by President Harry S. Truman earlier in the year, this day marked the beginning of operations for The United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

Following the events of World War II, The U.S. found themselves in admiration of the British’s capability to gather information about their enemies. It began a process of consolidating their counterintelligence and covert action capabilities.

The CIA (Also known as The Company or The Agency) was founded as a way to gather intelligence and counteract actions by the U.S.S.R. and its affiliated states. As it expanded, further operations and actions began to take place around the world. The main focus of CIA action internationally has been to utilize political maneuvers that would result in a better outcome for the United States and its allies.

From the late 1940s until the fall of the Soviet Union, the CIA was responsible for a number of operations aimed at controlling the spread of communist governments around the world. Some were more successful than others, but undoubtedly The Agency’s primary function during this time was to counter the threat of Communism.

Under President Richard Nixon, the CIA was most famously found to also be involved in domestic intelligence gathering. CIA Agents were working under the auspices of being involved in a plumbing firm when they were caught breaking into the Democratic National Convention’s offices at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The CIA operates around the world, with its headquarters in Langley, Virginia.

8 Comments

  1. Carlos Avilan.

    It is so wonderful to gather all this knowledge and share it to the public thank you so much for sharing.

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  2. Earl Dixon

    Nothing was mentioned about the “O.S.S.” “Wild Bill Donovan” or “The Old Executive Office Building” (and its significance). Used to love those stories being told to me (a long time ago in a jungle far far away)

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  3. RUSSELL A LABAR

    “the CIA was most famously found to also be involved in domestic intelligence gathering”. They are involved in many domestic operations that I call terrorist operations. Their standard response when caught in illegal activities is “we are not responsible(cannot be held accountable) for what we do” Spoken like real cowards. I speak from personal experience.

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  4. Larry Camp

    How many know the WWII OSS was the precursor to the C.I.A., and that its senior engineer in charge of technology accessement was John G. TRUMP, Uncle of the 45th president, who in 1943-1944 reviewed papers on Nicolas Tesla’s DEATH RAY, which uses energy of earth at no cost to destroy enemy aircraft at 200 mile distance. Is it any wonder, the far left is terrified of Mr. Trump ever again being elected?

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  5. Tiger Elliott

    The CIA is the modern day OSS of Nazi Germany in America.Operation PAPER CLIP.

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  6. Trebor Retsbew

    the fact is that the USA, Office of Strategic Services (OSS) had more spies in Europe during WWII than any other country, and a lot of them were notable persons, and then there was Julia Childs who was among the best of the spies and there was Conrad Hilton an American Socialite who was never questioned about his travels prior to the Americans entering the war.
    The CIA is just a continuation of the OSS and before that there were 3 other intelligence agency my Great Grandfather was in one of them, and disappeared never to be heard from again.

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  7. พนันบอล

    All that is really needed is a pair of soccer cleats and a set of shin guards.

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  8. Lisa Welborn

    Surprised to discover that the CIA is my age; I turned 75 on April 19th. I supposed my life has been lived through momentous times.

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