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United States, and you have served the cause of human freedom. I often say to the people who are hostile to us, "What chance do you think human freedom would have had to survive if there had been no United States in 1945? Or, if there had been a United States without the Central Intelligence Agency in 1947?" The answer is, of course, almost none. Remarks by DCI Gates
I want to welcome all of you this afternoon to this ceremony dedicating our Berlin Wall Monument.Over 30 years ago-in August 1961-the first strands of barbed wire and the first barricades were positioned along the Soviet Sector in the city of Berlin. Buildings next to the east side of the border were evacuated-their windows and doorways bricked up. Guard dogs and watchtowers appeared. A strip of territory was cleared and became a "no-man's land"-with land mines and more barbed wire. And a wall of concrete-6-feet high was quickly erected along the 27-mile border.
So, I would just like to take this opportunity of coming back here to thank Director Gates, previous directors, other superiors of mine like the Secretary of the Army, and FBI Director Sessions for manning the battlements of the besieged citadel that never fell. It never fell because of you. Thank you.

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Posted: May 08, 2007 08:48 AM
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