The CIA was born out of the OSS. The ground floor of the CIA was made up of members that were in the OSS during WWII. Harry S. Truman realized that even a free society needed intelligence. The CIA was the best of the best back then. The best years of the CIA was from 1947 to 1968. The “Ground Floor” boys knew their stuff. They understood the harsh dangerous realities of dealing with our enemies at the same time they could hold to principles and ideals. The CIA back then knew how to balance the two. The CIA protected America in more ways than people know. Our enemies with their brilliant use of propaganda have managed to convince Americans to believe only bad things about the CIA. If you read “The Craft Of Intelligence” by Allen W. Dulles, you will notice a section about how the enemy press tried to promote bad propaganda about the CIA. In 1966 when Dulles published his book, most Americans trusted and liked the CIA. But after long years of publishing the same bad stuff on the CIA, now most Americans actually believe what was published in Pravda and Tass. Pravda and Tass were soviet press organs that was known to attack America. Even our mainstream news believes all the horror tails that was once just laughed off as soviet propaganda. America never understood the value or strength of continued propaganda. The Germans and the Russians did. The Germans and the Russians slowly put their ideas into mainstream America. America was asleep as usual and did not notice. The few times that America attempted to propagate ideas to the American public, it either was done in a corny way or a parental way with the implied, “because I said so”. This only angered the public and got people to hate their own government.
Over seas The CIA would gather intelligence about other countries to prevent attacks from happening at home. And our very safe placid lives showed just how good they were. The old saying “Nothing happens in America.” was all too familiar. Everyone felt safe. The turbulent 60’s was just Democracy expressing itself. We were arguing among our selves. We were safe from foreign espionage for the most part. The enemy did get through on occasion but for the most part our CIA fire wall worked very well. The CIA also made sure that America got better deals from countries we dealt with. In short the CIA helped to ensure our first world position in the world. And, yes, The CIA did Covert OPS where it was needed. The CIA did interrogations back then. This was unquestioned back then because even the public understood the need to get information from enemies who would other wise hurt us. Many lives were at stake. Today we have forgotten this knowledge as a people. We trusted the trained CIA interrogator to make the correct decision as to how to interrogate someone. How hard or gentle the interrogation went depended on how cooperative was the person being questioned. For the most part interrogations were carried out properly. Occasionally abuses did happen but again, No agency is perfect with out flaw. Here you have to look at the over all picture, which was the CIA did make correct choices in most interrogation situations. This is what I mean by a mixture of ideals with the true grit of reality.
Back then, in the good old days, the CIA ran overseas charities as well. Sadly the politicians cut this program out. This was a bad move especially for CIA morale. No one likes to only be the bad dog. The overseas CIA charity program allowed Case Officers, Station Chiefs and others on the ground the opportunity to really help people. The people who received the charity liked it. CIA personnel felt good about their missions so both were happy. It obviously was the right thing to do because back then America was loved and looked up to. The politicians (policy makers) cut the CIA charity program and America got less popular overseas. This does not mean America never made mistakes or chose the wrong allies. The CIA like any other Agency made their share of mistakes but compared to today’s collapsing America their mistakes were few. One example of a mistake is leaving an Agent or Asset high and dry. But in the big picture the CIA did well and mistakes were far less than today. The CIA back then trained you on the “Farm” and after you left the farm you became a Junior Case Officer serving under another to get used to the field. Then when well used to the field, you were on your own. Today they throw you in the deep end of the pool right off the “Farm”. This is clearly illustrated by the book called “The Art Of Intelligence Lessons from a Life in the CIA’s Clandestine Service” by Henry A. Crumpton. Crumpton states he handled it well but my point is the temporary time as a Junior Case Officer was a better way to go to make sure that your spy is ready for the field. Here is another example where money grubbing cheap skates ruin a good thing. Making a good spy is an investment.
America knew the difference between friend and foe. We had trusted allies like England and fought enemies. The lines were clear. Enemies were bad and we did not celebrate enemy holiday’s either. Friends were treated as friends and were publicly praised.
The CIA had operations at home as well. The CIA knew their fellow Americans back then because they did things at home, on the ground, to not loose touch with the average American. Today the CIA only does overseas operations and have lost touch with the average American. Only the NR remains of this once great protection grid we had over here. Back then the CIA worked with colleges, universities and capitalists. Today they still do this because this is the tiny remnants of what once was. The CIA at home, performed as glue in our society. Many times a local problem would arise and it would be “our at home” Case Officer who would lead the way to fix it. The CIA performed simple things like conflict resolutions right in your town. In short they very quietly bonded the American society together. This one of their most quiet and unnoticed things the CIA did. The CIA did this without thanks for no one knew it was them. When this VERY Vital program was cut, this really hurt America where we live. It was like removing glue or mortar from the building and expecting it to be still standing. Here is where the CIA “spread good will towards our fellow Americans”. America started to divide from one another. Conflicts remained unresolved so animosity grew. The CIA did all this good stuff for us and in return for this kindness our politicians started the “Church Hearings”. This legal jargon only masked the witch hunts and destruction of the CIA. The CIA never recovered to it’s former glory ever since. The CIA had some better times later and worse times but NEVER recovered to it’s former glory. Here we need Fred W. Rustmann. Fred W. Rustmann served 24 years in the CIA Clandestine Services, was an instructor at the CIA’s Training Facility other wise called The “Farm” and he was Elite Senior Intelligence Service CIA. Now Mr. Rustmann is a member of opsecteam.org (OPSEC) and is a provider of Business intelligence as chairman of CTC International Group inc. Fred W. Rustmann tells the sad story best in his article “CIA Harmed By Reorganization.” Mr. Rustmann wrote this article for News Max on August 28, 2006. Even though it was written back then it still is true today. Here is the article by Fred W. Rustmann:
The CIA was a once powerful and effective force. Its leadership consisted of seasoned veterans of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS); a proud group of colorful heroes who instilled their values of “honor, duty, country” in those junior officers who followed them.
Over the years, however, the CIA has been gutted by malicious personnel purges and misguided reorganizations.
The last director of the central intelligence (DCI) Porter Goss, is gone. His replacement, General Michael Hayden, will hold the much diminished rank of director of the CIA, and he will head the agency, not the intelligence community.
This reorganization and personnel shuffling has diminished the agency’s (and the country’s) intelligence-gathering capabilities.
Gone are the days when the CIA was a closed, secretive society, insulated from outside attacks. Back when “No comment” was the most that ever escaped the lips of those in the CIA, the much-maligned “old-boy” network was in full force. Leaders protected each other and their proteges, and the loyalty they displayed downward was rewarded by devotion and trust.
And the agency’s Office of General Counsel consisted of one attorney, OSS veteran Larry Houston, his secretary, and a paralegal.
The first serious blow to the CIA was struck when the legendary DCI Richard Helms was fired by President Nixon during the Watergate scandal and replaced by James Schlesinger, a hostile outsider.
Schlesinger was brash, and insanely ambitious. He viewed the DCI job only as a stepping stone to secretary of defense. With scant regard for the agency’s history or future, he voluntarily opened the CIA”S dusty files to public scrutiny and initiated a purge that decimated the ranks of the “old boys.” With the veil of secrecy lifted the agency suddenly became vulnerable to outside criticism and a witch hunt began.
The ensuing purges removed an entire generation of the CIA’s most charismatic leaders. The now-open CIA drifted off course and became risk averse. Case Officers and managers were afraid to take operational risks for fear something would go wrong; that a “flap” would occur. The punishment for failure was worse than the reward for achievement. The result was that the quality of human intelligence collection plumited.
Then, just a few years later, more purges came at the hand of Jimmy Carter’s DCI, Adm. Stansfield Turner. Turner a technocrat, believed that the CIA’s emphasis on human collection activities was an obsolete concept. He also believed that what the CIA operations officers were doing (recruiting and handling unsavory spies) was immoral.
By the end of his tenure, the CIA case officer corps was again decimated by terminations, firings, and early retirements, and people who just plain quit in disgust.
And remember that these people can’t be replaced overnight. It takes years to select and train the people who recruit and handle the country’s spies. They are the fighter pilots- the “Top Guns” of the CIA. So when one leaves, it takes years to select and train a replacement.
The 1990s brought the collapse of the Soviet Union, the end of the Cold War, and the resulting questions about whether we still need a CIA at all. This attitude caused an unprecedented voluntary exodus of senior and mid-level operations officers. The CIA’s best and brightest simply took a walk.
Following a series of revolving door DCIs, Senate staffer George Tenet backed into the job by default. Surprisingly, however, his experience on the Hill, combined with a winning personality and keen sense for the intelligence profession, led to a sharp rebuilding of the CIA from the ground up.
Then things took a turn for the worse once again.
Morale soared when former CIA case officer and supportive congressman Porter Goss took over the helm of the agency, but his popularity was short-lived. A series of heavy-handed attempts to “shake-up” the directorate of operations was met with strong opposition from within and a number of key retirements and resignations resulted.
This was followed by a massive reorganization of the intelligence community. The officer of Director of National Intelligence (DNI), with powers over the intelligence community originally held by the DCI, was created. The result was a sharp diminution of Goss’ and the CIA’s power. Goss’s departure reflected these factors.
Now the office of the DNI has a growing staff of more than 900 desk jockeys, many of whom have been lifted directly from the CIA. Other seasoned case officers and analysts have been yanked from the CIA’s front lines to staff the offices of the Terrorist Threat Integration Center (TTIC), the National Counter-Terrorism Center (NCTC), and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Even the CIA’s heart, the Directorate of operations, has been essentially removed and renamed the National Clandestine Service (NCS).
Granted, at least for the time being, it still has the same leadership and is still staffed with the same case officers sitting in the same offices at CIA headquarters or in the same CIA stations abroad, but it appears only a matter of time before the Clandestine Services becomes totally divorced from the CIA.
The once proud CIA may never again be the same. It has been eviscerated over the years by misguided and sometimes malicious leadership, and the recent reorganization, which seemed designed to destroy it, has brought the CIA to its knees. Moreover, the reorganization of the intelligence community has simply created more bureaucracy.
Indeed, were it not for the fact that the United States is now throwing unprecedented amounts of money and manpower into intelligence collection and analysis (a good thing), the country would be in far worse shape than we now are.
Hopefully, Gen. Hayden can stem the bleeding and pull things back together at the CIA. The United States needs to have effective intelligence collection and analysis under one roof, and there’s a real need to return to the days when the CIA can work in secret (still possible in an open society) to achieve the nation’s intelligence collection goals and objectives.
It is time to restore the CIA and get back to basics.
This ends the Fred W. Rustmann article. Now back to mine. The CIA also knew how to protect themselves from major infiltration back then. This is not to say there were not “moles” in the agency since all spies have to live with this threat. The CIA used to have a very long screening period of would be employees. They spied on you for a year to make sure. You had to be born in America to work in HQ Langley or be a Case Officer. Foreigners were only recruited, in their own lands, as Agents or Assets. They were NEVER trusted in places where they would know our secrets or have power in the Agency. Today we threw caution to the wind, under the guise of political correctness. In order to not be prejudice, we allowed foreign born people right in the agency itself and to be Case Officers. We now have German born people (no doubt Interpole), Russian born people (no doubt KGB) in the CIA and middle eastern born people (Who is no doubt one of their Intelligence operatives or worse, Al-Quida) in CIA Langley HQ. No wonder things are not like they used to be. It is nice that we allow all kinds of people to move to America but there are some institutions that should be American born only for National Security reasons. This is not Prejudice but common sense for our protection!! The CIA is an agency that should be strictly American born only!! Fred W. Rustmann Elite Senior Intelligence Service retired explains this very well in his book “CIA inc.”
I believe that the CIA has to be restored to it’s former glory. We need to give the CIA it’s “Teeth” back so they can perform their missions better. We need to back out of this “International” that the Congress and the President signed, without Citizens approval by the way. Once the CIA is fixed and cleansed of foreign intelligence operatives, we need some sort of Law/ Amendment to protect the Agency from future policy maker abuses like the “Church Hearing” witch hunts and Presidents that force the CIA to lie to suit their agenda. This was done under both Bush and Obama. It is wrong when Democrats abuse the CIA so it is wrong when Republicans abuse the CIA. Here I owe no allegiance to any party. I just want my missed CIA back. The CIA needs some sort of autonomy of action and protection from future witch hunts. I am not sure how to word it but this is a ball park statement. It would take someone like Fred W. Rustmann to know and understand just how to word it to strike the balance between the necessary control our policy makers need to prevent rogue agency problems and the necessary protection to prevent Rogue Policy Makers problems because, to the best of my knowledge, it is usually the policy makers and the President that abuse the CIA and not the other way around.
I hope that I have gaven a good picture of the Greatness of the early days of the CIA. I hope that I successfully gave those of the “Ground Floor and Old Guard” CIA the honor and dignity that they deserve. NOTE: This does not in any way diminish the greatness of our Heroic US Military. The Organization (OPSEC) opsecteam.org is full of military Heroes as a testament to military heroism. There are CIA members as well. The Military too has played an important roll in securing our freedoms we enjoy. I wanted to tell the CIA story because no one tells of their heroism. The Military is more fortunate that many others tell their story so I wanted to address the unsung heroes, those who have been forgotten, which is the CIA.
National Security is a holistic point of view. Today we see national security through a straw. Our Congress and President will give “X” amount of dollars to the military, intelligence community, FBI and other law enforcement agencies. Then they will say that National Security has been dealt with. Now to domestic spending. Here we must think FDR/ Harry S. Truman and LBJ. There are governments today that have strong militaries and intelligence agencies but still languish as third world countries. Why? Because they forgot the other half of the equation. It is as if there are two different numbers on each side of the equals sign. In short there are anomalies in the equation. You must ask yourself; Why was America second to none from 1930’s until 1968? Was it as the America Haters say: our military oppresses the world? Or is it more? Now we have to ask a question that no one has the courage to ask and that is; What did we do at home to make America great?! Well we must think WWII. FDR took a smashed, depressed economic America and turned it around. He created public works for those who had no jobs. With the public works he built up an infrastructure second to none. When the Japanese attacked “Pearl Harbor” America was domestically internally strong so all we needed to do was make our military strong and create an intelligence arm of the military, the OSS.
A strong infrastructure and taking care of our poorest, sickest weakest and old citizens is part of national security. It is the less obvious part of national security but it is still a very important part. Now I am sure by now you are asking; How? If you have a well oiled infrastructure and war falls upon you, you are strong enough to with stand the hits you take during the war. A strong infrastructure also puts you at first world status. A functioning government does not have to resort to theft to keep itself afloat. Well paid people stay legal people. Criminal activity thrives in lean, scant times. In scarcity there are crooks. A good way to see the value of a good infrastructure is to look at the history of disasters, like fires, tornados, hurricanes and so on, how fast we responded, lives lost or no lives lost or high death tolls. All show first world or third world status. During the years of the “Civil Defense” which is 1937 to 1970 our response time was very quick on disasters. The military ran the “Civil Defense” This showed that back then America was wise enough to link the average civilian to National Security. The “Civil Defense” also had Volunteers but the Military was on the top Running it. There were very low death tolls or even none under the “Civil Defense”. We were well organized about getting people out of harms way. Then the FEMA years came and death tolls got larger until more recent times they equal the death tolls of any south American country or another way of saying it, we had death tolls that equaled the Third world. America had fallen to a third world country. America today is just refusing to see how far that we have fallen because if we look and admit the truth than we must fix it so we pretend not to see it instead. This is the worst thing to do because denial, like an alcoholic, means that the conditions will continue to get worse. If you think I am wrong just view the old “Civil Defense” movies Vs. The FEMA years and you will see it is as plain as day. I know because I have the Disaster series collection with the years 1937 to 2005 or so.
Caring for the weakest, sickest, poorest and old in society is also National Security as well as proof of first world status. In countries where the poor languish in the streets or in substandard houses, they are third world countries. In countries that believe in this cruel Nietzsche, Social Darwinism there is extreme hatred between rich and poor. Remember in the 1960s and 1970s the poor and the rich did not hate each other in America. Why?. Because the poor and old could get the help they needed with out threat of it being taken away by whimsical politicians and cold hearted rich people. Rich people also would befriend poor people and vice versa. I know of a real life example My aunt had three friends that were millionaires like Donald Trump. This was the 1970s so million was worth more then, think billion today. They would visit each other, talk and treat each other to lunch or dinner. In short they socialized together. My aunt was poor enough to qualify for Food Stamps but that did not ruin their friendship. Today a rich person will not be caught dead talking or befriending a poor person. This bad attitude only contributes to hatred of each other. There is also extreme hatred of the governments that refuse to help the poor, sick and old. This hatred can be used by an enemy. To neglect our weak is to give them to foreign intelligence recruiters waiting in the wing and today one more element waits in the wing, Al Quida.
FDR and even LBJ did not put those domestic programs in place because they felt like it. They understood that if a nation is kind to ALL it’s citizens it lowers the chance of foreign espionage. Besides the richest citizens should be grateful enough to contribute to the nation who helped them to get that rich. The rich person should say; “What if I were not lucky enough to get this rich? What if I were poor, sick, weak or old? Wouldn’t I want to be cared for?” A functioning nation is one that ALL of it’s citizens have compassion for other citizens of the country. The rich should care for the poor in this case by willingly paying taxes so the poor are taken care of and in return the poor will care for the rich. And, yes, the poor do reciprocate just differently because they lack money. It is a give take relationship both giving and both taking. Our nation is like a very BIG family. The only difference with our National Family is it is made up of Many Races. So the rich and the governments are like the DADS of the society. The needy would be like the children. The self earners would be like the teenagers or other adults of this BIG family. This should give you a good metaphor on how a proper government should function because in the family example here it is assumed that we all want to work together because there are enemies out there wishing us harm. It is a simple matter of circling the wagons.
Lets just say for arguments sake, that the poor, sick, weak and old are totally passive. To cut these people from the little they have is murder because if they COULD WORK they would be working! What does it say about your nation if it only cares for the SUPER people? No ordinary people are excepted. Not every one can work 12 hour days. Peoples capacities vary. And remember there is a bad economy today. If we take just one program as an example, lets say Social Security. This program it seems that many Republicans and many Democrats including Obama wants to cut it all together or just take nips until Social Security exists no longer. There was a number of Social Security recipients and that number was 74 million. The latest figures have come out now. According to the new numbers 14 more million are now on Social Security. So now we can add 14 million too the 74 million adding up to 88 million. Does America want as it’s legacy the death of 88 million American people who’s only crime is being old, sick disabled and weak? We would then be the biggest Holocaust nation on the globe, easily out distancing Hitler, Stalin and Mao. That is according to American statistics on those three dictators. Do we wish to be worse? Remember until Goldman and Sachs raided the Social Security till it would have been solvent until the year 3000 according to a St Petersburg Florida accountant. Why should the old, sick, disabled and weak die because some crook raided the till? Where is the FBI here? They should be arrested and forced to make restitution. When I was young my dad taught me to make right if I took or broke something that belonged to someone else so why do these guys get to get away without doing that? The old people put money into the Social Security fund during their working years so now they are told to take a hike while crooked businesses and politicians run off with all the money. And the changed CPI would just kill the seniors a little slower by first putting them in the streets. Then they would die from the elements. And if you do not believe me, this has been happening quietly since Reagan. He was the first President to deny the old their COLA (or cost of living raise). And many fell into the streets as a result. Many of the old have small checks so any cut is devastating to them. The poorer you are the closer you are to the streets so it does not take much to make you land out in the street. Not every senior is lucky enough to have Bill O’rielly as their son. Bill O’rielly kindly helps his 90 year old mother with her Social Security short fall. The seniors who die in the streets have no relatives or worse were dumped and disowned by their relatives. Sadly this does happen in America.
Remove all social programs and Hesbellah, Al Quida or another terrorist group will fill in the gap to recruit future terrorists. They thrive in weak collapsing countries not strong countries. Al Quida and inspire magazine is counting on the very sad fact that the poor, old, sick, weakest and the lonely kicked out population can be recruited and used for terrorism. They brag in their Magazine (Inspire) about the emptiness of just chasing money in America and how Jihad is better and more fore filling. They even know about how people can be kicked out of their families in America. In short they have done more intelligence on us than we did on them. This is not good. Remember Sun Tsu know your self and know your enemy. We know neither so we are in deep trouble.
The question now is; Will America choose to be monsters or will America choose Compassion on their fellow American especially those Americans less fortunate than himself or herself. We as a people have to decide. Now you can see why I am politically homeless. I have ideas from the old Democratic left which is FDR like. I have ideas from the right which is National Security based. I mix the two like FDR that is why I say if you want to understand my political point of view think FDR and WWII with Harry S. Truman because I want a big fully functioning government with ALL the domestic programs and a very strong kick but National security and military. That was what we once were from 1930s to about 1968 And we were a First World Country Calling ALL the Shots. We weren’t fallowing the EU and Russia begging to be heard like today. Wake up America and have the pride of the old days and take care of All our citizens and kick but out their not in here. Please unite before there is no flag left to defend!!! And do not forget our once great and powerful CIA.