Thesis Statement: The Central Intelligence Agency not only evaluates and gathers information about the safety of the country but also directs tasks of other agencies in the intelligence community.
Have you ever wondered what the Central Intelligence Agency(CIA) really does? Most people do not know the importance of this agency in maintaining and securing the safety of our country. The Central Intelligence Agency not only evaluates and gathers information about the safety of the country but also directs tasks of other agencies in the intelligence community.
The birth of the CIA actually occurred because of the surprise bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese in 1941(Tully 8). This attack, which wiped out America's Pacific fleet, revealed our government's lack of a single organization to analyze, coordinate, and distribute vital intelligence information(9). Although President Franklin D. Roosevelt started the Office of Strategic Services(OSS), our country's first national spy agency, Harry S. Truman discontinued it because of governmental lobbyists who insisted that it was not necessary during peacetime(9). However, President Truman, confused by the different intelligence reports, appointed several high-ranking military men as the National Intelligence Authority, which, in turn, became the Central Intelligence Agency(10).
The main purpose of the CIA is to collect and analyze foreign intelligence information essential to the United States security("Central Intelligence Agency" 254). The CIA also unifies the activities of other important agencies in the intelligence community such as the Defense Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency(254). The duties of the Central Intelligence Agency are numerous: engaging in research in military, scientific, and political fields, conducting counterintelligence activities in other countries, checking foreign television and radio broadcasts, taking ...