Category Archives: CIA Director

CIA Director William Burns : “The Role of Intelligence at a Transformational Moment” [Georgia Tech – April 14, 2022]

“But you know, given the potential desperation of President Putin and the Russian leadership, given the setbacks that they’ve faced so far militarily, none of us can take lightly the threat posed by a potential resort to tactical nuclear weapons … Continue reading

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Five Years Ago — Russiagate Intel Report Suspiciously Anachronistic [Has anyone read annex A?]

“The newly-released intelligence report describing Russia’s efforts to undermine the US election is a brick short of a load.” General Michael Hayden — Former head of the CIA and National Security Agency (January 7 2017) January 8 2017 — The … Continue reading

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On This Day — Remembering CIA Director George H. W. Bush (June 12, 1924 – November 30, 2018)

“I think we should think of the CIA as a national asset that must be preserved as a vital part of our defense system. . . It is important that the American people understand the intricate job the CIA is … Continue reading

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30 Years Ago — Robert Gates Becomes 15th CIA Director (November 6 1991) [Test your “Spy Knowledge” with our CIA Directors Quiz!]

“If Iraq and Afghanistan have taught us anything in recent history, it is the unpredictability of war and that these things are easier to get into than to get out of.” Former CIA Director Robert Gates   November 6 2021 … Continue reading

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Four Years Ago — The True Story of Dr A. Q. Khan’s Nuclear Black Market [UPDATE — Father of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons programme dies aged 85.]

“There have been only two kinds of CIA secret operations: the ones that are widely known to have failed—usually because of almost unbelievably crude errors—and the ones that are not yet widely known to have failed.” Edward Luttwak May 3 … Continue reading

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On This Day — William E Colby Becomes the 10th Director of the CIA (September 4 1973) [Room for Debate : Do we really need the CIA?]

“We disbanded our intelligence [after both world wars] and then found we needed it. Let’s not go through that again. Redirect it, reduce the amount of money spent, but let’s not destroy it. Because you don’t know 10 years out … Continue reading

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Four Years Ago — The True Story of Dr A. Q. Khan’s Nuclear Black Market [UPDATE — Five decades later, Dutch Authority absolves whistleblower.]

“There have been only two kinds of CIA secret operations: the ones that are widely known to have failed—usually because of almost unbelievably crude errors—and the ones that are not yet widely known to have failed.” Edward Luttwak May 3 … Continue reading

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On This Day — Nixon Dismisses CIA Director Richard Helms (February 2 1973) [UPDATE — Rudy Giuliani: “Truth isn’t truth!”]

“The timing caught me by surprise. I had barely enough time to get my things out of the office and to assemble as many colleagues of all ranks as possible for a farewell. …  A few days later, I encountered … Continue reading

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Four Years Ago — Russiagate Intel Report Suspiciously Anachronistic

“The newly-released intelligence report describing Russia’s efforts to undermine the US election is a brick short of a load.” General Michael Hayden — Former head of the CIA and National Security Agency (January 7 2017) January 8 2017 — The … Continue reading

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Remembering CIA Director George H. W. Bush (June 12, 1924 – November 30, 2018) [2020]

“I think we should think of the CIA as a national asset that must be preserved as a vital part of our defense system. . . It is important that the American people understand the intricate job the CIA is … Continue reading

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