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Over the years, their hope, their will, and their determination never wavered-nor did America's resolve in facing the challenge posed by the Berlin Wall. is whitewashed and devoid of color and life. This monument is also placed in the middle of a main thoroughfare leading to our building-and so it must be confronted by our people daily, just as it was for nearly three decades by the citizens of Berlin.
Of all the leaders who traveled to Berlin, perhaps President Kennedy best expressed the hopes of the West, when he said:
But for all of us here today, these three slabs of concrete and steel hold a special meaning. Just as the Berlin Wall was being erected, we were moving into the headquarters building that stands behind us. And over the next 28 years, much of the work that took place here was devoted to breaking down the barriers to freedom created by the Cold War. In Berlin itself, we worked to bring down those barriers, and the names of those who worked there, took risks there, fought for freedom there include some of the most familiar names of CIA's history, people such as Dick Helms, Bill Harvey, Bill Graver and Dave Murphy.
"You live in a defended island of free
dom ...Lift up your eyes beyond the dangers of today, to the hopes of tomorrow, beyond the freedom merely of this city of Berlin, or your country of Germany, to the advance of freedom everywhere, beyond the wall to the day of peace with justice, beyond yourselves and ourselves to all mankind."
Twenty-five years later the political climate had been transformed, and another American President traveled to the city of Berlin. President Reagan realized that dramatic change was possible, and, in an impassioned speech at the foot of the Brandenberg Gate, he demanded of Soviet President Gorbachev, "Tear down this wall!"
America's intelligence services were well suited to meet the demands of a Cold War, where military force was too harsh, and polite diplomacy was too mild. We helped our leaders to navigate through these uncharted waters; we told them of the prospects for war and the potential for peace.
But, ultimately, it was not the Soviet government which leveled the wall, it was the citizens of Berlin themselves-ordinary people, taking into their own hands hammers and chisels-battering the walleach reclaiming the unity and freedom for their country that had been denied for so long.
During those Cold War years, our view had to be global in scope. And through our actions, we countered the communist threat worldwide-not only in Germany, but in Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, Angola, Afghanistan-anywhere across the globe where free people were faced with the tyranny of communism.
Today, we are fortunate-with the assistance of General Haddock, Ambassador Walters, our Fine Arts Commission, and the Directorates of Operations and Administration-to have a portion of the Berlin Wall here at our headquarters building. This monument that we dedicate today stands for many things, but most of all it is a permanent reminder of the power of a single and truly revolutionary ideafreedom.
I do not intend to let this opportunity pass without insisting with pride that American intelligence played a critical role in preventing World War III and in the triumph of the West over communism.
In the 40 years of the Cold War, as the two superpowers sat with their fingers on the nuclear trigger, there was no nuclear or global conflagration in large part because US intelligence accurately told American leaders-and indeed the world at large-what was happening militarily on the other side. `We watched their planes, their ships, their missiles, their armies; we knew where they were, their state of
Our Fine Arts Commission took great pains to find the right location for this monument. Its north-south orientation mirrors the wall's placement along Potsdammer Platz in Berlin. The west side of the wall is covered with original graffiti that reflects the color, hope and optimism of the West itself. It stands in stark contrast to the east side of this wall, which

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