DCI Statement on Fall of the Berlin Wall Anniversary
November 9, 1999
Today, the men and women of US Intelligence join with people everywhere who cherish freedom in celebrating the 10th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War that it symbolized.
Though waged around the globe, that long struggle was won above all by the men and women of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, who never resigned themselves to the bitter fate that was imposed upon them.
We in American Intelligence are proud to have helped our government and our allies stand firm against the totalitarian threat. For five perilous decades, our men and women worked tirelessly--often at personal risk--to pierce the Iron Curtain and provide our national leaders with the vital information and analysis they needed to save lives and protect American interests.
Even as we rejoice in the unprecedented spread of democratic freedoms, we remember those whose sacrifice made it possible-brave Americans and men and women of many other nationalities who gave their very lives. Many of them must remain anonymous even today.
This anniversary reminds us that we must never take our own hard-won freedoms for granted.
Our country is certain to face many tests and challenges to our values and security in the years ahead. The dangers posed by terrorists, proliferators of weapons of mass destruction, rogue states, drug traffickers, and others are very real. In the next century--as in the decades of the Cold War--the men and women of American Intelligence will be there to defend our liberties and help make the world a freer, safer place for all people.