Richard Helms

(Richard McGarrah Helms)

Richard Helms
Richard Helms
  • Born: March 30, 1913
  • Died: October 23, 2002
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Celebrity









Richard McGarrah Helms served as the United States Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) from June 1966 to February 1973. Helms began intelligence work with the Office of Strategic Services during World War II. Following the 1947 creation of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) he rose in its ranks during the Truman, Eisenhower, and Kennedy administrations. Helms then served as DCI under Presidents Johnson and Nixon.

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If you’re going to be involved with espionage, you’ve got to be motivated. It’s not fun and games. It’s dirty and dangerous. There’s always the chance that you’re going to get burned. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
In World War Two, in the OSS, we knew what our motivation was: to beat the goddamn Nazis. In the Cold War, we knew what our motivation was: to beat the Goddamn Russians. Suddenly the Cold War is over, and what is the motivation? What would compel someone to spend their lives doing this kind of thing? Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
It is sometimes difficult to understand the intensity of our public critics. Criticism of our efficiency is one thing, criticism of our responsibility quite another… We are an important arm of government, a legitimate object of public concern …. I find it most painful, however, when public debate lessens our usefulness to the nation by casting doubt on our integrity and objectivity. If we are not believed, we have no purpose. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
It’s not enough to ring the bell. You have to make sure the other guy hears it. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
I've had to learn to understand Presidents. Management & Managing Government
Nobody wants to embarrass a President of the United States by discussing the assassination of foreign leaders in his presence. I just think we all had the feeling that we were hired ... to keep those things out of the Oval Office. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Nothing on paper; paper can be lost or stolen or simply inherited by the wrong people; if you want to keep something secret, don't write it down. Secrecy & Transparency
Richard Nixon never trusted anybody. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The attached paper is sensitive, particularly if its existence were to leak. It has not been given, and will not be given to any other official of the government. Title: Implications of an Unfavorable Outcome in Vietnam. Secrecy & Transparency
The man who might have written on this card once controlled Europe—three short years ago when you were born. Today he is dead, his memory despised, his country in ruins. He had a thirst for power, a low opinion of man as an individual, and a fear of intellectual honesty. He was a force for evil in the world. His passing, his defeat—a boon to mankind. But thousands died that it might be so. The price for ridding society of bad is always high. Love, Daddy Miscellaneous
The nation must to a degree take it on faith that we [the CIA] too are honorable men devoted to her service. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
The only remaining superpower doesn’t have enough interest in what’s going on in the world to organize and run an espionage service. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
There have been numerous instances when facing the threat of a Communist Party or popular front election victory in the free world we have met this threat and turned it successfully. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Vietnam was my nightmare for a good ten years. War & Peace
We do not target on American citizens. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
While some members of the American left have an ideological affinity with Communism, there is no evidence that shows that they act under anyone’s direction other than their own. Liberals & Conservatives
Who would have thought that it would someday be a crime to carry out the orders of the President of the United States? Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Why should you care? Your side won. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
As soon as I finished the first book, I wrote a second, which I hope to sell this year, and I have just about finished the third book in the series. Two more are already outlined. I'm in this for the long haul. Hope
I had seen so many injustices done in the court by well-meaning people. I had lost fourteen clients to gang violence in only seven years. I was angry at a system I thought had failed my clients, and I was part of it.
It was my angry, Dickensian novel, I suppose. It was cathartic - I expended a lot of frustration on that one.
The real problem is arranging that experience in a way that tells a story, which is just incredible enough to be interesting, but credible enough to be believed.

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