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Safeguarding Our Nation for 67 Years: Presidents and Directors Remember the CIA

The attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 made clear the value of coordinated intelligence. After World War II, leaders began to recognize the need for a permanent, centralized intelligence group but could propose no clear plan. Against that backdrop, President Harry Truman signed the National Security Act of 1947, which created the Central Intelligence Agency and overhauled the country’s intelligence capabilities.

The CIA has come a long way from its roots in World War II, and its role continues to evolve. Click through the links below to read what some presidents and CIA directors have said about the Agency and its place in American history.

Posted: Sep 24, 2014 02:24 PM
Last Updated: Sep 24, 2014 02:40 PM