The President Who Created the CIA Came to Regret It … Said the CIA Was a “Government All Its Own” Which Was Destroying Democracy … “Something the Founding Fathers Didn’t Have In Mind”

President Truman created the CIA.

He explained that it was solely an attempt to consolidate intelligence from many different intelligence agencies (page 285):

I needed … the President needed at that time a central organization that would bring all the various intelligence reports we were getting in those days, and there must have been a dozen of them, maybe more, bring them all into one organization so that the President would get one report on what was going on in various parts of the world. Now that made sense, and that’s why I went ahead and set up what they called the Central Intelligence Agency.

But in the 1970s, he told his biographer, Merle Miller (page 285):

I think [creation of the CIA] was a mistake. And if I’d know what was going to happen, I never would have done it.


Why, they’ve got an organization over there in Virginia now that is practically the equal of the Pentagon in many ways. And I think I’ve told you, one Pentagon is one too many.

Now, as nearly as I can make out, those fellows in the CIA don’t just report on wars and the like, they go out and make their own, and there’s nobody to keep track of what they’re up to. They spend billions of dollars on stirring up trouble so they’ll have something to report on. They’ve become … it’s become a government all of its own and all secret. They don’t have to account to anybody.

That’s a very dangerous thing in a democratic society, and it’s got to be put a stop to. The people have got a right to know what those birds are up to. And if I was back in the White House, people would know. You see, the way a free government works, there’s got to be a housecleaning every now and again, and I don’t care what branch of the government is involved. Somebody has to keep an eye on things.

And when you can’t do any housecleaning because everything that goes on is a damn secret, why, then we’re on our way to something the Founding Fathers didn’t have in mind. Secrecy and a free, democratic government don’t mix. And if what happened at the Bay of Pigs doesn’t prove that, I don’t know what does. You have got to keep an eye on the military at all times, and it doesn’t matter whether it’s the birds in the Pentagon or the birds in the CIA.

Similarly, President Kennedy said he wanted “to splinter the CIA in a thousand pieces and scatter it to the winds”.  But he was assassinated a month later.

Hat tip to Jeff Deist.

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  • andrew1212

    President Eisenhower, the 2nd president to serve in the CIA Era, had some choice parting words for Allen Dulles at the last formal meeting of his national security council:


      Originally Eisenhower called it the military-industrial-congressional complex

      • diogenes

        Not in his speech. But if he were straining for accuracy he would have needed to call it the military-financial-industrial-congressional-educational-meida complex. “Military industrial complex” for short.

  • gininitaly

    “The truth is, there is no Islamic army or terrorist group
    called Al-Qaeda, and any informed intelligence officer knows this. But,
    there is a propaganda campaign to make the public believe in the
    presence of an intensified entity representing the ‘devil’ only in order
    to drive TV watchers to accept a unified international leadership for a
    war against terrorism. The country behind this propaganda is the United
    States.” – Former British Foreign Secretary, Robin Cook

  • LeseMajeste

    The gun-running, dope peddling, assassinating presidents–including JFK–CIA is why the USA is the #1 terrorist state on the planet.
    Now that they control damn near all of the MSM, who will help uproot this poison?

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  • Tyler

    A monstrous agency. They killed JFK, RFK, MLK, and Malcolm. They did 9/11 so they could wage the War of Terror.

    • Tom

      The most astonishing fact about the CIA is that it only took them 16 YEARS from their creation in 1947 until they overthrew the elected government on November 22, 1963. In medical terms, that would be called a “highly aggressive” cancer. Vault7 only proves that the metastasis is now complete, a near-corpse on a hospital bed bulging with ugly tumors. America the Beautiful, I miss thee.


      True dat and so much more

  • Pop_Korn

    The CIA and israeli Mossad are joined at the hip.

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    • yep

      mossad is the CIA…don’t you know this….it has been now for over 25 years when clinton took over back then…clinton sold us out to the mossad…period

  • Zaphod Braden

    I love the way the CIA keeps insisting the RUSSIANS did everything ….. the CIA is insisting that they, the CIA, is totally and completely incompetent and incapable of protecting itself, much less AMERICA.


    Delete the CIA. These bastards think they run the world. They need to be fully exposed and eliminated.


    The failure to investigate the Kennedy assassination assured the success of the coup de etat and left the monsters in control of the country which they quickly used to escalate the war in Vietnam with a false flag at Tonkin. They have ruled by control of the media until the internet undercut their monopoly. They did 9/11 to start a war between Christians and Muslims. Israel did it with nukes they stole from us. Israel did Fukushima knowing the radiation would destroy North America. These are our “allies” let’s give them $38 billion dollars.

    • Eric Zuesse

      Israel did Fukushima? The evidence, please?

    • cityspeak

      Your 9/11 claims are complete and utter nonsense.
      Your Fukushima claims are even worse.

    • Crazy One

      You’re as full of sh#t as a Christmas turkey!

  • Darkwing

    Truman did not create the CIA. It was an expansion of a spy group that came out of WW 2. It was expanded to watch other countries. NOW it is a monster that cannot be destroyed. Of course we must blame Truman because he was a DINO

    • Norman Halverson

      Yes it was the old OSS, and after the cold war many of the old spooks from british intel, the mossad, Cia, and yes even old Kgb got together and put to use all the dirt they had on leaders all over the world, and blackmailed their way into a position of control, and the banking business where they could launder lots of money


    The CIA works for the capitalists and bankers on Wall Street. Most of their work is industrial espionage to keep American companies ahead of their competition. The CIA comes in handy in making those close bids when they have their taxpayer funded inside information. Occasionally they have to kill a president but it is for the good of the economy.

    • Norman Halverson

      They are the bankers, google Nugan Hand bank& the cia, follow the yellow brick road prepare to be amazed when you pull aside the curtain

  • blambazaar

    The alt-right LeseMajeste. They have outwitted the CIA at every turn and been seriously underestimated by them. They are unhampered by a corrupt agenda, or in fact any agenda at all except freedom from old fogies like the CIA. The ‘internet warriors’ are incomprehensible to the CIA despite the huge effort they put into trying to infiltrate boards like 4chan and Reddit.

  • yep

    CIA=ROGUE AGENCY……NSA=ROGUE AGENCY….president trump…get rid of these corrupt agency, they will kill you in the end….get rid of the NSA and the CIA…start fresh….period