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Ignorance is bold and knowledge reserved. Thucydides
Small minds are concerned with the extraordinary, great minds with the ordinary. Blaise Pascal
Smartness runs in my family. When I went to school I was so smart my teacher was in my class for five years. Gracie Allen
There are some ideas so wrong that only a very intelligent person could believe in them. George Orwell
An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself. Albert Camus
A man of genius has a right to any mode of expression. Ezra Pound
Man knows so much and does so little. R. Buckminster Fuller
One of the functions of intelligence is to take account of the dangers that come from trusting solely to the intelligence. Lewis Mumford
Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently. Henry Ford
There is no great genius without some touch of madness. Aristotle
Intellectual passion drives out sensuality. Leonardo da Vinci
Always be smarter than the people who hire you. Lena Horne
Wise thinkers prevail everywhere. Sophocles
Being an intellectual creates a lot of questions and no answers. Janis Joplin
It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards. Lewis Carroll
A woman has to be intelligent, have charm, a sense of humor, and be kind. It's the same qualities I require from a man. Catherine Deneuve
Genius is talent set on fire by courage. Henry Van Dyke
The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. F. Scott Fitzgerald
The intelligent man is one who has successfully fulfilled many accomplishments, and is yet willing to learn more. Ed Parker
These little grey cells. It is up to them. Agatha Christie
The bookful blockhead, ignorantly read, With loads of learned lumber in his head. Alexander Pope
The greatest scholars are not usually the wisest people. Geoffrey Chaucer
The intellect of the wise is like glass; it admits the light of heaven and reflects it. Augustus Hare
When a thought takes one's breath away, a grammar lesson seems an impertinence. Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it. Henry Ford
Ah! yes, I know: those who see me rarely trust my word: I must look too intelligent to keep it. Jean-Paul Sartre
A person must have a certain amount of intelligent ignorance to get anywhere. Charles Kettering
Advice to intellectuals: let no-one represent you. Theodor Adorno
I'm an optimist in the sense that I believe humans are noble and honorable, and some of them are really smart. I have a very optimistic view of individuals. Steve Jobs
Iron sharpens iron; scholar, the scholar. William Drummond
If there are no stupid questions, then what kind of questions do stupid people ask? Do they get smart just in time to ask questions? Scott Adams
Man becomes man only by his intelligence, but he is man only by his heart. Henri Frederic Amiel
A man of genius makes no mistakes; his errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery. James Joyce
Genius is independent of situation. Charles Churchill
Be as smart as you can, but remember that it is always better to be wise than to be smart. Alan Alda
Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings. Salvador Dali
An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with his fools. Ernest Hemingway
Like many intellectuals, he was incapable of saying a simple thing in a simple way. Marcel Proust
We should not pretend to understand the world only by the intellect. The judgement of the intellect is only part of the truth. Carl Jung
People are smarter than you might think. John Astin
When a true genius appears, you can know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in a confederacy against him. Jonathan Swift
Action is the real measure of intelligence. Napoleon Hill
A woman uses her intelligence to find reasons to support her intuition. Gilbert K. Chesterton
We are dealing with the best-educated generation in history. But they've got a brain dressed up with nowhere to go. Timothy Leary
He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would suffice. Albert Einstein
Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change. Stephen Hawking
Intelligence is really a kind of taste: taste in ideas. Susan Sontag
An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Intelligence is the wife, imagination is the mistress, memory is the servant. Victor Hugo
To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the last product of civilization. Arnold J. Toynbee
Genius is initiative on fire. Holbrook Jackson
We all agree that pessimism is a mark of superior intellect. John Kenneth Galbraith
Some ways of using our thinking are really inspiring. There are people who use their thinking to race cars. People use their thinking to build rockets to the moon. It's all just a use of your thinking. Michael Nesmith
It is essential to seek out enemy agents who have come to conduct espionage against you and to bribe them to serve you. Give them instructions and care for them. Thus doubled agents are recruited and used. Sun Tzu
Give me a smart idiot over a stupid genius any day. Samuel Goldwyn
Genius creates, and taste preserves. Taste is the good sense of genius; without taste, genius is only sublime folly. Alexander Pope
The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled. Plutarch
There are only two races on this planet - the intelligent and the stupid. John Fowles
Every true genius is bound to be naive. Friedrich Schiller
Intelligence is not a science. Frank Carlucci
Joy in looking and comprehending is nature's most beautiful gift. Albert Einstein
I'm grateful to intelligent people. That doesn't mean educated. That doesn't mean intellectual. I mean really intelligent. What black old people used to call 'mother wit' means intelligence that you had in your mother's womb. That's what you rely on. You know what's right to do. Maya Angelou
There is nobody so irritating as somebody with less intelligence and more sense than we have. Don Herold
When I see a dolphin, I know it's just as smart as I am. Captain Beefheart
Intellectuals are too sentimental for me. Margaret Anderson
We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality. Albert Einstein
If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking. George S. Patton
It is good to rub and polish our brain against that of others. Michel de Montaigne
What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult. Sigmund Freud
I'm not the smartest fellow in the world, but I can sure pick smart colleagues. Franklin D. Roosevelt
My success was not based so much on any great intelligence but on great common sense. Helen Gurley Brown
Genius is the ability to renew one's emotions in daily experience. Paul Cezanne
One thought fills immensity. William Blake
The brain is like a muscle. When it is in use we feel very good. Understanding is joyous. Carl Sagan
Genius ain't anything more than elegant common sense. Josh Billings
Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives. James Madison
The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits. Albert Einstein
We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men. George Orwell
An intelligent person is never afraid or ashamed to find errors in his understanding of things. Bryant H. McGill
It is not worth an intelligent man's time to be in the majority. By definition, there are already enough people to do that. G. H. Hardy
If we listened to our intellect, we'd never have a love affair. We'd never have a friendship. We'd never go into business, because we'd be cynical. Well, that's nonsense. You've got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down. Ray Bradbury
Man is the most intelligent of the animals - and the most silly. Diogenes
Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain. Carl Jung
You have to be smart. The easy days are over. Robert Kiyosaki
I know that I am intelligent, because I know that I know nothing. Socrates
The voice of the intellect is a soft one, but it does not rest until it has gained a hearing. Sigmund Freud
Remember to be as smart as you are. Judd Nelson
The higher the voice the smaller the intellect. Ernest Newman
To know that we know what we know, and to know that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge. Nicolaus Copernicus
Genius might be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way. Charles Bukowski
Don't leave home without your sword - your intellect. Alan Moore
Wit is educated insolence. Aristotle
Gentlemen don't read each other's mail. Henry L. Stimson
Common sense is not so common. Voltaire
Everyone is a genius at least once a year. The real geniuses simply have their bright ideas closer together. Georg C. Lichtenberg
Your intellect may be confused, but your emotions will never lie to you. Roger Ebert
Be what you are. This is the first step toward becoming better than you are. Julius Charles Hare
There is no greater evidence of superior intelligence than to be surprised at nothing. Josh Billings
To think is to practice brain chemistry. Deepak Chopra
God has placed no limits to the exercise of the intellect he has given us, on this side of the grave. Francis Bacon
The sign of an intelligent people is their ability to control their emotions by the application of reason. Marya Mannes
Be smarter than other people, just don't tell them so. H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
It takes a lot of things to prove you are smart, but only one thing to prove you are ignorant. Don Herold
The emotional brain responds to an event more quickly than the thinking brain. Daniel Goleman
Ignorance is no excuse, it's the real thing. Irene Peter
There is no method but to be very intelligent. T. S. Eliot
It is the mark of a truly intelligent person to be moved by statistics. George Bernard Shaw
All intelligent thoughts have already been thought; what is necessary is only to try to think them again. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I must have a prodigious quantity of mind; it takes me as much as a week sometimes to make it up. Mark Twain
Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes. Ralph Waldo Emerson
It is better to have a fair intellect that is well used than a powerful one that is idle. Bryant H. McGill
If little else, the brain is an educational toy. Tom Robbins
Mad, adj. Affected with a high degree of intellectual independence. Ambrose Bierce
To think well and to consent to obey someone giving good advice are the same thing. Herodotus
Our mind is capable of passing beyond the dividing line we have drawn for it. Beyond the pairs of opposites of which the world consists, other, new insights begin. Hermann Hesse
An intellectual is a man who doesn't know how to park a bike. Spiro Agnew
The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us. Bill Watterson
Genius is more often found in a cracked pot than in a whole one. E. B. White
I can't tell you if genius is hereditary, because heaven has granted me no offspring. James Whistler
To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect. Oscar Wilde
I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their intellects. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies. Oscar Wilde
The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius. Oscar Wilde
Belief is the death of intelligence. Robert Anton Wilson
A smart man makes a mistake, learns from it, and never makes that mistake again. But a wise man finds a smart man and learns from him how to avoid the mistake altogether. Roy H. Williams
The woman who thinks she is intelligent demands equal rights with men. A woman who is intelligent does not. Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
Wherever smart people work, doors are unlocked. Steve Wozniak
I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow. Woodrow Wilson
I vividly recall the president turning to Allen Dulles, director of the CIA, in the full hearing of all those in attendance, and saying something to the effect that Lumumba should be eliminated. Robert H. Johnson
To the extent that we roiled the waters, if you will, we contributed to it. But we did not plot with the military, and there is a big distinction. Jack Devine
When you join the CIA, you have to make some peace with whether you are comfortable psychologically and philosophically, with the use of force and using it clandestinely. Jack Devine
When I look at Ukraine, Putin, an ex KGB officer is using the playbook of the Cold War. He isn't going to try and grab the western part; he's going to maximize his influence, the way we would have done in Chile. That is buying political power, getting agents, influencing the propaganda piece, and increasing intimidation for the east. It's a classic playbook. Jack Devine
We must know more about our adversaries than they know about us. Marco Rubio
Looking back over my more than a half century in intelligence, I have not experienced a time when we've been beset by more crises and threats around the globe. James R. Clapper
Civil Cooperation Bureau South Africa
The main problem was that the senior administration officials have what I call faith-based intelligence. They knew what they wanted the intelligence to show. They were really blind and deaf to any kind of countervailing information the intelligence community would produce. Greg Thielmann
The intelligence community, not wanting to be caught napping, tends to over-warn rather than under-warn. Greg Thielmann
There will be a significant terrorist attack in the coming weeks or months and the attack will be spectacular. B Rich
Governmental officials -- including those whose principal duty is to enforce the law --have violated or ignored the law over long periods of time and have advocated and defended their right to break the law. The Constitutional system of checks and balances has not adequately controlled intelligence activities Frank Church
No one is ever convicted or cleared just on a polygraph test. Allen Welsh Dulles
Every department in Washington…contained numerous traitors and spies. Edwin M. Stanton
Iran does not yield easily in the standard tools of Western political analysis. Gary Sick
Intelligence collection has its place—no question—… But no matter how important collection is, in the short and even the long run, it just doesn’t cost very much. Allen Welsh Dulles
Princes have big ears which hear far and near. Elizabeth I
Any foreign policy that is formulated in secret intelligence will always get the nation in trouble… secret intelligence always gets it wrong. It is a sample of a small part of the world---a picture of the world that is dramatically skewed. John Brady Kiesling
There are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns – the ones we don’t know we don’t know. Donald Rumsfeld
The mere fear that there is a mole within an agency can set off a chain reaction and a hunt for that particular mole which can paralyze the agency for weeks and months and years even, in a search William S. Cohen
Don’t think that intelligence stops with allies. Marthe Cohn
Unfortunately, the historical record of failure to prevent strategic surprises is overwhelming. In conventional warfare, victims usually misread the evidence or miscalculate their responses, and they can suffer surprise even when their intelligence collection systems and defensive preparations are impressive. Richard K. Betts
In the wake of the Iraq war, it has become clear that official intelligence analysis was not relied on in making even the most significant national security decisions, that intelligence was misused publicly to justify decisions already made, that damaging ill will developed between policymakers and intelligence officers, and that the intelligence community’s own work was politicized. Paul. Pillar
Politicization led to an intelligence output that obscured understanding of al Qaeda’s sources of strength and support. Paul. Pillar
A clearer form of politicization (of intelligence) is the inconsistent review of analysis: reports that conform to policy preferences have an easier time making it through the gauntlet of coordination and approval than ones that do not. Paul. Pillar
Unless the procedures for authorizing targeted killings are made clear, the United States risks moving either too slowly when it decides to act (thereby allowing the target to escape) or too quickly (bypassing appropriate deliberation or the careful vetting of intelligence). Daniel Byman
The 33 different intelligence systems paid for by 15 different agencies need to be brought together…. A national debate on intelligence is necessary! … I am going to continue to fight a system that doesn’t want to hear the word “reform.” Curt Weldon
In any war against Japan the USA will be perfectly helpless against the new organization of German spies in USA, which are already now supplying directly and indirectly Japan with all important military news, as until now it was very difficult for Japan to get such informations by their own staff. Many of these Pro-Japanese Pro- German spies are members of the different pro German societies f.i. Friends of new Germany etc etc These fellows are much more dangerous to USA than the worst Bolshevists... Federal Bureau of Investigation
I know for a fact that torture is not productive. That’s not professional interrogation. We don’t do torture. Porter Goss
There should be a mass purge of the CIA for incompetence…. There were 3,000 people killed on September 11, and not a single CIA operative has been fired. They missed that; they missed the weapons of mass destruction. Curt Weldon
An ally has to be watched just like an enemy Leon Trotsky
A lot of what you need to know about countries you can learn from open sources and by understanding the language and the culture. Timothy Naftali
It’s really really hard to penetrate the leadership circles of your enemy. Timothy Naftali
At the time of the Cole Bombing there were only 8 Arabic-speaking agents in the entire FBI. Lawrence Wright
Covert action should not be confused with missionary work. Henry A. Kissinger
He that fears danger in time seldom feels it. Turkish Proverb
We… need to recalibrate our expectations for what we access as actionable intelligence. We need to lower that threshold to the appropriate level and we need to have a higher threshold tolerance for pain in the event that we miscalculate or things go wrong or people get caught or something happens. Marshall Billingslea
There is still much to be done by our intelligence community to bring its achievements up to an acceptable level. Mark Wayne Clark
…the CIA has never carried out any action of a political nature, given any support of any nature, to any persons, potentates or movements, political or otherwise, without appropriate approval at a high potential level in our government outside the CIA. Allen Welsh Dulles
…defectors are one of the two or three most important sources of intelligence. When you get a man—and we have got several—who have worked inside…their secret service…it’s just almost as though you had somebody inside there for a time. Allen Welsh Dulles
…historically, the official personnel of the Soviet bloc countries assigned to this nation, including those at the United Nations, have been used extensively for espionage purposes… J. Edgar Hoover
…in time of peace the bulk of intelligence can be obtained through overt channels… It can also be obtained…through the many Americans, business and professional men and American residents of foreign countries, who are naturally and normally brought in touch with what is going on in those countries. Allen Welsh Dulles
National Intelligence Estimates are perhaps the most important documents created in the intelligence mechanisms of our government… A national estimate is a statement of what is going to happen in any country, in any area, in any given situation, and as far as possible into the future… Lyman Kirkpatrick
My husband and brother—in—law had been treacherously killed with either the official or unofficial blessing of the American government… No one can seriously believe in the disclaimer that the Americans have nothing to do with the present situation in Vietnam. Madam Nhu
I venture to state that dealing with authorities on Formosa, moral pressure is not enough. If something more than that, such as the threat of an ouster from their seat in the United Nations, were conveyed to the authorities on Formosa, or if the United States would go a step further and threaten to suspend aid, I assure you the Kuomintang army would disappear overnight. U Myint Thein
To preserve our security in a dangerous century, vigilance is not enough. National Intelligence must do more. John Negroponte
Set Europe ablaze! Winston Churchill
Having watched the form of our traitors for a number of years, I cannot think that espionage can be recommended as a technique for building an impressive civilization. It's a lout's game. Rebecca West
There were major intelligence failures and staying out there chasing weapons of mass destruction that didn’t exist was not what I wanted to do. David Kay
Intelligence involves analysis of raw reports, not merely their enumeration or weighing them by the pound. Analysis, in turn, involves finding independent means of corroborating the reports. Richard A. Clarke
In the difficult fight against the new menace of international terrorism, there is nothing more crucial than timely and accurate intelligence John Howard
Failure to subject the project, especially in its latter frenzied stages, to a cold and objective appraisal by the best operating talent available, particularly by those not involved in the operation Failure to advise the president, at an appropriate time, that success had become dubious and to recommend that the operation be therefore canceled Failure to recognize that the project had become overt and that the military effort had become too large to be handled by the agency alone Lyman B. Kirkpatrick Jr.
The Agency became so wrapped up in the military operation that it failed to appraise the chances of success realistically. Furthermore, it failed to keep the national policymakers adequately and realistically informed of the conditions considered essential for success. Lyman B. Kirkpatrick Jr.
The intelligence bureaucracy is in a pathological state of dysfunction, and has been for decades. To fix the critical problems, we need to face them in a serious and thoughtful way. Neither party has done that well at all. Mark E. R. Kleiman
His enemy must not know his weaknesses, but he must know the weaknesses of his enemy; as the tortoise (hides its limbs), even so let him secure the members (of his government against treachery), let him protect his own weak points. Manu
Let the ambassador explore the expression of the countenance, the gestures and actions of the foreign king through the gestures and actions of his confidential advisers, and discover his designs among his servants. Manu
Intelligence is not easy to come by. Richard Lugar
If there was a leak out of my administration, I want to know who it is. George W. Bush
Saddam’s secret service used rapes and videotapes of rapes to blackmail women, forcing them to be agents for the secret service. Zainab Salbi
Intelligence is only as good as it has an effect on policy Paul Pillar
Torture is in the eyes of the beholder. Porter Goss
Remember! The enemy is listening in. Anonymous
The sums made available to the Agency [CIA] may be expended without regard to the provisions of law and regulations relating to the expenditure of Government funds. Anonymous
Our government has conducted enough covert attacks on Third World countries to create enemies everywhere. James G. Abourezk
We shouldn't send CIA spooks to overthrow governments. James G. Abourezk
As the CIA is set up neither you, the National Security Council, nor anyone else will be in a position to know what it is doing or control it. Dean Acheson
Only enemies of the Soviet Union can think of the KGB as some kind of secret police. Yuri Andropov
It's inconceivable that a secret intelligence arm of the government has to comply with all the overt orders of the government. James Angleton
Are you now or have you ever been a member of a Godless conspiracy controlled by a foreign power? Richard Arens
It's impossible for somebody to defect from the United States. Edward Lee Howard is not a defector. He's a traitor. Michael Armacost
Espionage and sabotage need money. Vincent Astor
The CIA should best serve the U.S. by being an unbiased reporter of the truth and if it were a fighting organization, that would affect its ability to analyze and report intelligence. Robert Baer
I've got other things to do with my life. Howard Baker
Every time someone makes a mistake, and mistakes are made in this business, careers are ruined. William P. Barr
I was doing it for idealistic reasons. The reason I broke from the Russians is that they tried to bribe me. Elizabeth Bentley
Now that you have the Xerox machine, you can't keep many secrets. Lloyd Bentsen
For Christ’s sake, quit being bureaucrats. Moe Berg
You can’t get intelligence by sitting and saying nothing. Moe Berg
The genuine desire to prevent acts of sabotage or of espionage, a highly necessary concern in the face of danger, takes the form of attempts to control and punish the spread of ideas whose radical flavor is believed to cause the acts. Francis Biddle
Sir, then they’re just going to have to die. Cofer Black
An increasing share of the espionage directed against the United States comes from spying by foreign governments against private American companies aimed at stealing commercial secrets to gain a national economic advantage. David L. Boren
Espionage takes place in the world. Even we commit espionage. William W. Bradley
Anyone who tells you he deals with the CIA is either a fool (for admitting it) or a braggart. Robert Brenner
What is this "Watergate? Leonid I. Brezhnev
I am very much interested in seeing the United States have as fine a foreign military and naval intelligence as they can possibly have, but I am not interested in setting up here in the United States any particular agency under any President ... and just allow him to have a Gestapo of his own if he wants to have it. Clarence J. Brown
We should never send another spy to the Soviet Union. Honesty is all that is necessary. William C. Bullitt
No amount of congressional supervision will render our Nation's intelligence efforts effective if the people who are managing these efforts ... are ineffective. Frank Carlucci
I am not satisfied with the quality of our political intelligence. Jimmy Carter
The torture situation is an external conflict, a contest between the subject and his tormentor … drive him [the subject] deeper and deeper into himself until he is no longer able to control his responses in an adult fashion. Central Intelligence Agency
There are always things that you want to know more about. Dick Cheney
You don’t know what you don’t know. That’s the nature of the intelligence business. Dick Cheney
You have to put together bits and pieces of information before you can draw overall conclusions. Dick Cheney
I'm doing it for the FBI and my love of the country. Morris Childs
If only I could tell the country. Frank Church
Detention in a controlled environment and perhaps for a lengthily period is frequently essential to a successful counterintelligence interrogation of a recalcitrant source. Central Intelligence Agency
Established citizens—doctors, lawyers, businessmen, teachers, etc. will be recruited initially as “Social Crusaders.” Central Intelligence Agency
For a secret assassination, the contrived accident is the most effective technique. Central Intelligence Agency
If the person does not feel guilt he is not in his own mind guilty and will not confess …. Confession in such a case can come only with duress. Central Intelligence Agency
It is often necessary to trick people into confessing. Central Intelligence Agency
Prior headquarters approval must be obtained for the interrogation of any subject against his will [or] … if bodily harm is to be inflicted [or] if medical, chemical, or electrical methods or materials are to be used. Central Intelligence Agency
How the hell can you expect those guys to catch spies when they can't smell the stink under their own noses? Lucius D. Clay
The intelligence community is intended to base its intelligence estimates on facts and analysis—not philosophy and conviction. Ray Cline
Congress has chosen to recognize that a president may be forced to pursue legitimate foreign policy objectives by covert means. Such recognition, however, does not mean it surrenders the right to be informed of covert measures so that it can express its views as to the legitimacy of the goals or the wisdom of seeking to achieve them. William S. Cohen
You learn not to get attached to one side .... You take both sides. Lucien Conein
… countries that are behind in their industrial and scientific development are tempted at times to steal those technologies from other countries. John Negroponte
The United States Intelligence community collects too much information. Hugh Cunningham
It appears to the American people that the government is intent on prying into every nook and cranny of people’s private lives, while at the same time doing all that it can to block access to government information that would inform the American people what is being done in their name. William Delahunt
The shadowy world of foreign intelligence-gathering – the American government’s most secret and least accountable enterprise – is now the Bush administration’s main legal weapon in the war on terrorism. Lyle Denniston
If communism in Hollywood is now mythical, it is only because this Committee conducted three investigations to bring it about. The industry itself did certainly not accomplish this. Martin Dies
The Abwehr [Nazi-Germany's secret intelligence service] gets better treatment from the FBI than we do. William J. Donovan
I want the OSS to recruit young men of disciplined daring who are calculatingly reckless. William J. Donovan
It would be highly useful to government espionage to have reports from all our bookstores, all our hardware and retail stores, all our drugstores…. What one buys at the hardware and retail stores may furnish clues to potential uses of wires, soap powders, and the like used by criminals. William O. Douglas
Plots, true or false, are necessary things, To raise up commonwealths, and ruin kings. John Dryden
I have to send people out to get killed. Allen Welsh Dulles
An intelligence officer in the field is supposed to keep his home office informed of what he is doing. That is quite true, but with some reservations, as he may overdo it. If, for example, he tells too much or asks for instructions, he is likely to get some he doesn't relish. Allen Welsh Dulles
There are few archbishops in espionage. He's on our side and that's all that matters. Besides, one needn't ask him to one's club. Allen Welsh Dulles
Obviously you cannot tell of operations that go along well. Those that go badly generally speak for themselves. Allen Welsh Dulles
From little involvements—little CIA wars—big wars grow. Thomas F. Eagleton
Perfect scheming demands omniscience. George Eliot; Mary Ann Cross
There can be no greater folly than by fearing that which is not. Elizabeth I
Intelligence, like any other aspect of national security, has to be under civilian control. Fritz Ermath
There is only one law of espionage—there are always going to be spies. Fritz Ermath
There is not a syllable in the Constitution that gives the federal government the right to spy on civilians. Samuel J. Ervin Jr.
But what if our intelligence is wrong? Levi Eshkol
It was my duty to participate in the defense of democracy and its values. Alan D. Fiers Jr.
You don’t know today which country is going to matter in three years Newt Gingrich
I will not demean myself by being a common thief, stealing trivia from office filing cabinets, but I will give you the name of every general in Germany who wishes to see Hitler dead.... In the meantime, I will tell you when my friends are planning to assassinate the Fuhrer. Hans Berndt Gisevius
We may anticipate with certainty the success of the Confederate States. y William E. Gladstone
Intelligence is capital. Yves Godard
The people who classify [government] documents tend to be excessive. Edwin Griswald
This is a business that works outside the law. Clair E. George
Fewer than a dozen Members of Congress have any idea how much money the CIA spends each year, and probably none of them has much of an idea what the Agency actually does with that money. Paul Findley
The Pentagon suffers from too much Intelligence. They can't use what they get because there is too much collected. It would almost be better if they didn't have it because it's difficult to find out what's important. Gilbert W. Fitzhugh
It was given for all purposes to which a secret service fund should or could be applied to the public benefit—for spies, if the gentleman pleases. John Forsythe
A great party is not to be brought down because of a scandal by a woman of easy virtue ... Quinton Hogg
[Wiretapping is] a dirty business…. [Espionage] has been employed by every tribe and state since the beginning of history. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
It is incontestable that even under the best of circumstances and when dealing with the friendliest and most stable of allies that intelligence organizations of foreign powers must not be permitted to become established on American soil and should be discouraged wherever possible from taking root any place in this Hemisphere. J. Edgar Hoover
Use of this technique is clearly illegal: it amounts to burglary. It is also highly risky and could result in great embarrassment if exposed. However, it is also the most fruitful tool and can produce the kind of intelligence which cannot be obtained in any other fashion. Tom Charles Huston
The President is anxious to know what the contents of the mysterious documents are.... I am going to tackle it, of course, but it's a devilishly awkward job, and I may readily find myself in a hell's brew of trouble. Glenn Howell
Go ahead and investigate the bastards. Cordell Hull
This is not only war, it is an offensive war, not only an offensive war but an unjust war. I am for the honor of my country forced to say ... it is a wicked war, it is robbery. William Hunter
We had all kinds of egomaniacs and crazies Geoffrey Jones
Communicate no other intelligence to Congress at large than what may be necessary to promote the common weal, not to gratify the curiosity of individuals. John Jay
I am dogged and watched in the most extraordinary manner. Thomas Jefferson
I thought that you guys [the CIA] had people everywhere, that you knew about everything, and now you don't even know anything about a raggedy-ass, little fourth rate country. All you have to do is get some Chinese coolies from a San Francisco laundry shop and drop them over there and use them. Lyndon B. Johnson
Secrecy now beclouds everything about CIA—its cost, its efficiency, its successes, and its failures. Mike Mansfield
In the economic competition, in the technological competition, we are competitors; we are not allies. Pierre Marion
While the interests of the Intelligence community should not be taken lightly, we must remember that they exist to serve, not dictate. Edward Markey
One way or another ... the CIA is making a lot of extra money the citizen's aren't supplying, and that money gives the agency an undesirable, possibly dangerous independence of Congressional control. John D. Marks
A defection is better than a surrender, a surrender is better than a capture, and a capture is better than a kill. Kalev I. Sepp
There will always be men who from malice or for money will betray their kith and kin and there will always be men who, from love of adventure or a sense of duty, will risk a shameful death to secure information valuable to their country. W. Somerset Maugham
Regardless of moral considerations, assassination is a wrongheaded tool for a great power, because small powers can use it equally if not more effectively. Martin Mayer
We cannot be in a position of stimulating, approving or supporting assassination. John A. McCone
Do the American people really want their President ... to have no other option than to go to war or do nothing? Robert McFarlane
Spies are great, and when you need 'em, you need 'em. But they are no substitute for insight. Herbert Meyer
Accurate intelligence is not always popular intelligence. Nathan Miller
It's very difficult for those who gather intelligence to totally divorce themselves from the policies of their superiors. George J. Mitchell
The Fifth Column. Emilio Mola
Our intelligence is always imperfect. Richard Myers
Intelligence is both critical and costly. Melvin R. Laird
Intelligence work has one moral law—it is justified by results. John le Carre
] The vast industry of mutual surveillance that grew up alongside the industry of mutual destruction is not about to disappear. The spies, like the weapons, are here to stay. And proliferate, sooner or later, whether we like it or not. John le Carre
We cannot afford methods less ruthless than those of our opposition. John le Carre
Espionage is largely separate from the mainstream of foreign policy … you nail the spy and you punish him, and you move on. Lily James
I don't think the intelligence reports are all that hot. Some days I get more out of New York Times. John F. Kennedy
Did the CIA kill my brother? Robert Kennedy
We should be adult enough to understand that major countries are going to be spying on us. Henry A. Kissinger
… assassination of subversives, politicians and prominent figures both within the national borders of certain Southern Cone countries and abroad … would create a most serious moral and political problem. Henry A. Kissinger
I don't see that we need to stand by and watch a country go Communist due to the irresponsibility of its own people. Henry A. Kissinger
Whenever you read a spy story in the press, you know you are being spun. Charles Krauthammer
We are pleased to see so many new employees at our hotel. The FBI headquarters must be depleted. Vladimir A. Kryuchkov
[Referring to the CIA:] We coexist. They work, and we work. Vladimir A. Kryuchkov
Russia will likely have the atomic bomb by mid-1953. Central Intelligence Agency
If a military mission has no guide who knows the inside information of the opponents, it will likely have to retreat half of the way. Chinese Proverb
Now that the mail is operating normally again, a horde of censors are busily slitting open letters to probe for hidden meaning among the trivia of family and business correspondence, and when in doubt they fall back on us. Norman Lewis
Whoever, when the United States is at war, shall willfully make or convey false reports or false statements with intent to interfere with the operation or success of the military or naval forces of the United States, or to promote the success of its enemies, or shall willfully make or convey false reports, or false statements, or say or do anything with intent to obstruct the sale by the United States of bonds . . . or the making of loans by or to the United States, or whoever, when the United States is at war, shall willfully cause . . . or incite . . . insubordination, disloyalty, mutiny, or refusal of duty, in the military or naval forces of the United States, or shall willfully obstruct . . . the recruiting or enlistment service of the United States, and whoever, when the United States is at war, shall willfully utter, print, write, or publish any disloyal, profane, scurrilous, or abusive language about the form of government of the United States, or the Constitution of the United States, or the military or naval forces of the United States, or the flag … or the uniform of the Army or Navy of the United States, or any language intended to bring the form of government . . . or the Constitution … or the military or naval forces … or the flag … of the United States into contempt, scorn, contumely, or disrepute … or shall willfully display the flag of any foreign enemy, or shall willfully … urge, incite, or advocate any curtailment of production in this country of any thing or things … necessary or essential to the prosecution of the war … and whoever shall willfully advocate, teach, defend, or suggest the doing of any of the acts or things in this section enumerated and whoever shall by word or act support or favor the cause of any country with which the United States is at war or by word or act oppose the cause of the United States therein, shall be punished by a fine of not more than $10,000 or imprisonment for not more than twenty years, or both United States
It was fun, fun, fun. Where else could a red-blooded American lie, kill, cheat, and rape with the sanction of the all-highest? George H. White
In intelligence you can justify almost anything you want to if you go about it with enough zeal and effort which is what happened. John Batiste
Kennedy's advisers are divided, while the Central Intelligence Agency exercises pressure over the president to support an invasion with bases in Guatemala and Florida, an opinion shared by some functionaries of the State Department Anonymous
In most covert operations … particularly those that have a large paramilitary component, the planning for later stages is very incomplete. The outcome of the first stages of the operation is usually so difficult to predict that it wouldn't have seemed sensible to have planned the later stages. One can plan the first phases, but not what happens next Richard M. Bissell Jr.
I do not believe that reorganization will fix what is wrong with our intelligence community….Failures were caused by performance, not organization. Charles G. Boyd
Controlled penetration of the Communist Party. Controlled penetrations in the armed forces Controlled penetrations in the major anti-Communist organizations Controlled penetrations of the major labor unions Oliver G.. Galbond; J. C. King
Paramilitary Action: An initial shipment of approximately 15 tons of arms and ammunition is now ready for shipment from [DELETED] and subsequent transshipment to Colonel Castillo Armas in Nicaragua. . . . This material is intended for use by [Colonel Castillo Armas] in his Nicaraguan training center and to test facilities for clandestine introduction of arms into Guatemala. Oliver G.. Galbond; J. C. King
Directors of Central Intelligence are supposed to steer clear of policy. George Tenet
From the U-2 data captured by our over flights--data corroborated by other means--President Eisenhower could confidently resist the fierce domestic pressure to engage in a massive arms buildup. He knew for certain--for certain--that we had no bomber gap and no missile gap with the Soviet Union, despite all Soviet boasting to the contrary. By any measure, that was an intelligence triumph. George Tenet
To be effective, we must also be fast, because everything is happening faster. George Tenet
One person should be in charge of the intelligence community and [making] sure that person is not the secretary of Defense Amy Zegart
We can get distracted in arguing which of the two alternatives is better when either are far better than the situation we have today. Amy Zegart
In the intelligence business you are almost never completely wrong or completely right. George Tenet
The CIA was completely different from its image; it was liberal, nonviolent and honorable. Gloria Steinem
British Empire John Dee
We know they have weapons of mass destruction. We know they have active programs. There isn’t any debate about it. Donald Rumsfeld
They were cherry-picking the information that we provided to use whatever pieces of it that fit their overall interpretation. Worse than that, they were dropping qualifiers and distorting some of the information that we provided to make it seem even more alarmist and dangerous than the information that we were giving them. Greg Thielmann
The safety and security of the nation depends more so than ever before on intelligence. Stansfield Turner
They promptly tore his fingernails out and he started telling things. Vincent Cannistraro
Most victims of rendition were arrested and detained illegally in the first place: some were abducted; others were denied access to any legal process, including the ability to challenge the decision to transfer them because of the risk of torture. There is also a close link between renditions and enforced disappearances. Many of those who have been illegally detained in one country and illegally transported to another have subsequently “disappeared”, including dozens who have “disappeared” in US custody. Every one of the victims of rendition interviewed by Amnesty International has described incidents of torture and other ill-treatment Amnesty International
A third and most secret phase of Operation Condor involves the formation of special teams … who are to travel anywhere in the world to carry out sanctions up to assassinations …. Special teams would be issued false documentation from member countries of Operation Condor. Robert Scherrer
Tainted evidence often comes from torture. Jim Webb
The long-standing policy of allowing officials access to intelligence on a ‘need to know’ basis should be abandoned. John Michael McConnell
But how does it happen, that all our information of what is transacting in Europe, should come through indirect Channels, or from the Enemy? George Washington
Connecting the dots is connecting people. William Crowell
Americans don’t need a big government to read their e-mail and track what else they do John Ashcroft
I don’t think we should be selling statues of Nathan Hale at the International Spy Museum. First of all, it was an operation against our allies, the British, but most important, it failed. William J. Casey
Al-Qa’ida members -- including some who are US citizens --have resided in or traveled to the US for years, and the group apparently maintains a support structure that could aid attacks. Central Intelligence Agency
Bin Laden Determined To Strike in U.S. Central Intelligence Agency
Clandestine, foreign government, and media reports indicate Bin Laden since 1997 has wanted to conduct terrorist attacks in the US. Bin Laden implied in US television interviews in 1997 and 1998 that his followers would follow the example of World Trade Center bomber Ramzi Yousef and “bring the fighting to America. Central Intelligence Agency
Moving from general intelligence to specific targets is the most difficult part of the intelligence business. Lee H. Hamilton
Who knows what is really going on within a criminal enterprise? Criminals David Kay
The FBI didn’t have a mechanism to know what it knew. Philip D. Zelikow
If you set foot on your enemies' land, get spies on them. Choose those whom you count on for their truthfulness and advice, whether Arabs or inhabitants of that land. Liars' accounts would not benefit you, even if some of them were true; the deceiver is a spy against you and not for you. Umar I; Umar Ibn Al-Khattab
Intelligence gathered by this government leaves no doubt George W. Bush
Intelligence that is not timely is history. Tony Mendez
Upwards of fifty volunteers of the best & most courageous were kept constantly employed on the perilous. but most important duty of spies, scouts, and guides. In the work they were invaluable and almost indispensable. They frequently went from thirty to three hundred miles within the enemy's lines; visiting his principle camps and most important posts and bringing us back important reliable information. They visited Kingston Goldsboro. Trenton Onslow Swansboro, Tarboro of points on the Roanoke river; after these errands barely escaping with their lives. They were pursued on several occasions by blood hounds two or three of them were taken prisoners; one of these was shot; the fate of the others not known. The pay they received for this work was small but satisfactory. They seemed to think their lives were well spent, if necessary in giving rest, security, and success, to the Union troops, whom they regarded as their deliverers. They usually knelt in solemn prayer before they left, & on their return, from that hazardous duty. Vincent Colyer
Hoover had us [FBI agents and officials] prepare material for McCarthy regularly. We kept furnishing it to him while Hoover publicly denied that we were helping him. William C. Sullivan
You really can’t have a democracy if the government knows the content of every conversation between journalists and their sources. You can’t have a democracy with that kind of surveillance going on. Daniel Ellsberg
It is very difficult for us to assess intent, so we have to work back from actions. Michael Hayden
Removal of clothing is different from naked. Douglas Feith
This town leaks like a sieve. Sometimes I think that the easiest thing on the world would be to be a spy against the United States of America John Ashcroft
… a brilliant but dangerous megalomaniac who is likely to pursue his own aims in disregard of U.S. interests Central Intelligence Agency
Enhanced Interrogation Central Intelligence Agency
Some foreign governments have now in this country agents to collect our productions. Scientific foreigners are now exploring it with microscopic eyes DeWitt Clinton
False flag operations seem to be a standard method of getting into a war. Jesse Ventura
It’s not what you don’t know that will hurt you. It is what you think you know that just ain’t so Anonymous
Intelligence without counter-intelligence is useless. Angelo M. Codevilla
I don't myself, think, sir, that this is likely to lead to a major war. Dean Rusk
It wasn't intelligence — it was propaganda. They'd take a little bit of intelligence, cherry-pick it, make it sound much more exciting, usually by taking it out of context, often by juxtaposition of two pieces of information that don't belong together. Karen Kwiatkowski
Believe no evil till the evil's done Jean de La Fontaine
Now all of us can talk to the NSA — just by dialing any number. David Letterman
The nation must to a degree take it on faith that we [the CIA] too are honorable men devoted to her service. Richard Helms
We do not target on American citizens. Richard Helms
Why should you care? Your side won. Richard Helms
It is the nature of covert activities to be controversial. Orrin Hatch
Intelligence is set by policy. Orrin Hatch
The times are such as ... to make it the duty of every friend of the country to keep a true lookout and if possible, discover and expose to the detestation of the world those traitors, who acting under foreign influences are plotting schemes destructive to the interests of their country. William Henry Harrison
Every kind of service necessary to the public good becomes honorable by becoming necessary. Nathan Hale
I wasn't terribly short of money. I just decided I didn't ever want to worry where my next dollar was coming from. I'm not anti-American. I wave the flag as much as anybody else. James W III. Hall
Here are some additional things we (the National Security Agency) can do for the War on Terror but we may not do them because we do not have the authority Michael Hayden
I am not working for the U. S. Government that I know of. Sam Hall
If we want the best judgment of our intelligence personnel, we have to accept the fact that they will be wrong sometimes. Peter Pace
It is important to seek out the spies that the enemy has sent to spy on you so you can bribe them to really spy for you. Sun Tzu
Americans are not world class liars. We are not as good as other nations at it. Our specialty is deceiving ourselves. David Ignatius
Intelligence is about lies. If something is legal and above board, you would not need the CIA to do it. David Ignatius
Sure we have smart bombs that can blow up any target in the world, but we don’t know which ones to blow up. Max Boot
The respectful esteem which I have toward that brave people who so well defend liberty under your guidance, has induced me to form a plan of concurring in the great work by establishing an extensive commercial house solely for the purpose of serving you in Europe and supplying you with necessaries of every kind . . . Your deputies, gentlemen, can find in me a sure friend, an asylum in my house, money in my coffers, and every means of facilitating their operations Pierre Beaumarchais
That a man should, but a few months since, confine himself from his creditors, and now on this occasion be able to advance half a million, is so extraordinary that it ceases to be a mystery. Everything he says, writes or does, is in reality the action of the ministry. Silas Deane
Tell the President we got the son-of-a-bitch! George Tenet
Plan and conduct covert operations which are conducted or sponsored by this government against hostile foreign states or groups or in support of friendly foreign states or groups but which are so planned and conducted that any US Government responsibility for them is not evident to unauthorised persons and that if uncovered the US Government can plausibly disclaim any responsibility for them. Covert action shall include any covert activities related to: propaganda; economic warfare; preventive direct action, including sabotage, anti-sabotage, demolition, and evacuation measures; subversion against hostile states, including assistance to underground resistance movements, guerrillas and refugee liberation groups, and support of indigenous anti-Communist elements in threatened countries of the free world National Security Council
The purpose of an intelligence service is to avoid war, not to promote one. Tyler Drumheller
The whole story of my humble contribution cannot be known or divulged …. The medal embarrasses me. Moe Berg
My husband [Franklin Delano Roosevelt] always said the President of the United States had the best information in the world on which to base the government's decisions as to policy in foreign relations. Part of this was because of the efficiency of the intelligence reports he received. Over the past few years, however, the CIA has become an agency not for gathering information and reporting it to those who make policy and take action, but it has itself made policy and taken action. And by so doing it has involved the government in situations from which no administration could quickly extricate itself. Eleanor Roosevelt
There has been deep penetration in the halls of our United States Government by the Muslim Brotherhood … They are in the Justice Department, Department of Homeland, and potentially even in the National Intelligence Agency … Michele Bachmann
I needed two sponsors. I met Phlek Phoeun, who I had known long before. He introduced me to Mao Say, who was a high CIA. They promised to support me in the election, on condition that “I accept their commands and accomplish missions given by the CIA”. In the end I consented to their requirements. From that time I was a CIA agent. They promised to promote me, and my activities were carried out in connection with Mao Say's from then on. Mao Say then assigned me to participate in two CIA newspapers: 1. Liberal People headed by contemptible Sim Va, a CIA. 2. Réalité Cambodgien managed by contemptible Bare (CIA). These two newspapers were against people, revolution, socialism, and communism. They were written in favor of U.S., capitalism, and imperialism. Hu Nim
For decades to come the spy world will continue to be the collective couch where the subconscious of each nation is confessed. John LeCarre
To Joseph Stalin: Stop sending people to kill me! We've already captured five of them, one of them with a bomb and another with a rifle... If you don't stop sending killers, I'll send a very fast working one to Moscow and I certainly won't have to send another. Josip Broz Tito
To be a good spy you have to have to have an intense intellectual curiosity, also it requires the ability to deal with ambivalent situations, a certain degree of creativity and physical courage Henry Crumpton
I never met a North Korean who didn’t like pornography. Supplying porn to North Korean officials to entice them to spy for America, along with money or whatever else it might take—yes I was willing to do that. Henry Crumpton
There are more foreign intelligence officers inside the US now, working against US interests, than there were at the height of the cold war. Henry Crumpton
It’s not a pretty sight when you are waterboarding anybody … I am proud of the decisions I took including the destruction of the tapes …. We needed to come up with additional techniques that would convince the terrorists that their fate was in our hands … if the tapes were seen by anybody outside of the CIA, we would look terrible Jose Rodriguez
We don't torture people. Let me say that again to you. We don't torture people, OK. George Tenet
[CIA] Case officers most fear the US ambassador and his staff, then restrictive headquarters cables, then curious gossipy neighbors in the local community, as potential threats to the operation. Next would come the local police, then the press. Last of all is the KGB. John R. Stockwell
The men who control the CIA are of an older, conservative generation which has kept the agency fifteen or twenty years behind the progress of the nation at large. John R. Stockwell
The KGB is by far the world's largest, the Israeli probably the best, and the Iranian and the South Korean the deadliest. John R. Stockwell
… there are numerous examples of cases where relying on information obtained through torture has disastrous consequences. The reality is that use of torture produces inconsistent results that are an unreliable basis for action and policy. The overwhelming consensus of intelligence professionals is that torture produces unreliable information. And the overwhelming consensus of senior military leaders is that resort to torture is dishonorable. Use of such primitive methods actually puts our own troops and our nation at risk. Harry E. Soyster
Experienced military and intelligence professionals know that torture, in addition to being illegal and immoral, is an unreliable means of extracting information from prisoners. Harry E. Soyster
Judges are often snowed by the National Security establishment. Lee H. Hamilton
Some people say torture doesn’t work. I do not know whether it does or not. … The reality is the effect it has on you. When you become the torturer, something happens to that force … it has a corrosive effect over time. You move down a path that is difficult to come back from. Stanley A. McChrystal
Legal issues aside, the American people and government should never abide the use of torture by our military or intelligence agencies. A decent society never accepts or justifies torture. It dehumanizes both torturer and victim, yet seldom produces reliable intelligence. Torture by rogue American troops or agents puts all Americans at risk, especially our rank-and-file soldiers stationed in dozens of dangerous places around the globe. God forbid terrorists take American soldiers or travelers hostage and torture them as some kind of sick retaliation for Abu Gharib. Ronald E. Paul
Under George W. Bush, the politization of intelligence tested new depths …. The pro-war wind that the Bush Administration policy makers had generated … was strong, unrelenting and inescapable. Thomas Powers
Any time there is a coup you start with the assumption that the home government missed it …. Why should we know better than the government that’s being overthrown? Henry A. Kissinger
President’s usually do not want to hear an intelligence analyst’s doubts, preferring confidence (even when unwarranted) in one policy option. Robert Jervis
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In the Bay of Pigs, President Kennedy learned that the Generals are not always right. Jon Meacham
The Chinese are engaging in a huge amount of cyber-espionage… So do we…. We can’t ask the Chinese to stop doing something that we’re doing. We can’t ask them to obey rules that we don’t ask France and others to obey…. I think it’s going to take a while even to figure out even the rules we would like everyone to adhere to that we are prepared to adhere to ourselves. Ken Lieberthal
This country, for reasons of history, culture and therefore law, has had an allergy to domestic intelligence. Condoleeza Rice
We’re very hard on our intelligence agencies. Condoleeza Rice
Pakistan’s military and intelligence services have, for decades, used religious parties for recruits. Benazir Bhutto
The trouble with our intelligence is that we have a bunch of social scientists doing the analysis when the world is dominated by fanatics. David Brooks
Intelligence always carries uncertainties. That is the nature of the beast. Condoleeza Rice
The aim of our [the CIA’s] programmes was to support the status quo, to support the oligarchies of Latin America. These are the power structures that date back centuries, based on ownership of the land, of the financial resources, of the export-import system, and excluding the vast majority of the population. With all of our programmes, we were supporting these traditional power structures. What first caused me to turn against these people were the corruption and the greed that they exhibited in all areas of society. My ideas and attitudes began to change, and eventually I decided to resign from the CIA. Philip Agee
The current attitude is pretty much the attitude we had in the CIA during the 1950s. When we analysed the operational climate and all the political forces in any given country, we had our friends and we had our enemies. There was no one in between. The friends were centre and Right wing social democrats, conservatives, liberals, in some cases all the way over to neo-fascists. The enemies were Left wing social democrats, socialists, Communists, all the way to those advocating armed struggle. Philip Agee
You get so used to lying that after a while it’s hard to remember what the truth is. Philip Agee
In the espionage world whenever something works, it looks brilliant. Whenever it goes wrong, it always looks like a terrible bungle. Edward Lucas (journalist)
When we routinely fail to produce the new knowledge policy makers desperately need, they lose confidence in us. Who can blame them? Smart guesses aren’t worth spit. Carl W. Ford Jr.
Prior to the present war [WWII], the United States had no foreign intelligence service. It never has had and does not have a coordinated intelligence service. William J. Donovan
The CIA … concealed its failures abroad, lying to Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy. It told those lies to preserve its standing in Washington. Tim Weiner
The FBI had more agents in New York than the CIA had agents abroad. [In the 1990s]. Tim Weiner
… a slam dunk case George Tenet
It [the CIA] was not intended as a Cloak & Dagger Outfit. It was intended merely as a center for keeping the President of what was going on in the World…I never wanted the CIA to act as a spy organization. That was never the intention when it was organized. Harry S Truman
In a global and totalitarian war, intelligence must be global and totalitarian. William J. Donovan
would be an extremely dangerous thing in a democracy. Clayton Lawrence Bissell
I had the gravest forebodings about this organization and warned the President that as set up, neither he, the National Security Council, nor anyone else would be in a position to know what it was doing or control it. Dean Acheson
Clandestine intelligence operations involve a constant breaking of all the rules.. To put it baldly, such operations are extra legal and sometimes illegal. John Magruder
There is an urgent need to develop the highest possible intelligence on the USSR in the shortest possible time. Sidney W. Souers
You can’t run the railroads without taking in some Nazi party members Allen Welsh Dulles
Mykola Lebed was of inestimable value to this agency…. He assisted in operations of great importance Allen Welsh Dulles
We will just have to tell the House that they will have to accept our judgment and we cannot answer a great many questions that might be asked Carl Vinson
The public must know about the general outlines of surveillance activities in order to evaluate whether the government is achieving the appropriate balance between privacy and security. Daniel J. Solove
Every intelligence agency has contacts with unsavory characters. I don’t think you would get any denial from … the CIA that people in their … organization have contacts with members of groups that have different agendas from the government. But that doesn’t mean that that they are being directed or being approved or otherwise given a seal of approval. Hillary Clinton
If you don’t know who they are, where they are, and what they’re planning, you can’t get them before they get you. John Kerry
I had been given some training in my past CIA career to do just this sort of thing ... floating forged newspaper accounts, telegrams, that sort of thing. E. Howard Hunt
If we give the impression that every one of our technological advances in this country, be it Microsoft, Google, Yahoo or anything else, are really an instrument of our intelligence agencies, how far do you think they are really going to go? Patrick Leahy
I worry about any type of bulk collection. If you collect everything, how do you know that you’ve got anything Patrick Leahy
As soon as the invasion begins there will be a national uprising. Allen Dulles
The only way we can do oversight is if people tell the truth. James Sensenbrenner
Lee Harvey Oswald was under surveillance by the FBI for months before the assassination. Philip Sheenan
We have to make sure that there is a legitimate security need. We don’t just do anything because we can. Jay Carney
Everybody spies on everybody. Marco Rubio
The CIA’s intelligence was in many cases simply Bill Casey’s ideology. George P. Shultz
I really do not believe that an intelligence organization in this government is able to deliver an honest analytical product without facing the risk of political contention. John Huizenga
We have been assured by General Ioannidis that Greece will not move its forces on Cyprus. Central Intelligence Agency
I am appalled. Any attempt on our part actively to encourage a coup could lead us to a Bay of Pigs failure. Edward M. Korry
President Eduardo Frei’s election was a triumph for democracy achieved partly as a result of the good work of the CIA. Dean Rusk
For 13 years, from Nixon’s era to the dying days of the Cold War, every estimate of Soviet strategic forces overstated the rate at which Moscow was modernizing its weaponry. Tim Weiner
The United States, acting within the constraints imposed by its traditions and public attitudes, cannot crush a revolutionary movement which is sufficiently large, dedicated, competent and well supported…. The structure of U. S. military power is ill-suited to cope with guerrilla warfare waged by a determined, resourceful, and politically astute opponent. Central Intelligence Agency
Whose side are you on, anyway? Walt Whitman Rostow
I was part and parcel of the whole conspiracy. Lucien Conein
The manner in which intelligence indicators were handled in the Cuba situation may well be the most serious flaw in our intelligence system, and one which, if uncorrected, could lead to the gravest consequences President's Foreign Intelligence Board
The establishment on Cuban soil of Soviet nuclear striking forces which could be used against the United States would be incompatible with Soviet policy. Central Intelligence Agency
Mr. President, I stood right here at Ike’s desk and told him I was certain that our Guatemalan operation would succeed, and Mr. President, the prospect for this plan are even better than they were for that one. Allen Dulles
I’m first to recognize that I don’t think that the CIA should run paramilitary operations…. Rather than destroying everything and starting all over, we ought to take what’s good … and get rid of things beyond the competence of the CIA, then pull things together and make it more effective …. It’ not going to be easy to find a place to put covert operations. It’s very difficult to keep things secret. Allen Dulles
The structure of our intelligence system is faulty. It makes no sense. It has to be reorganized, and we should have done it years ago. Nothing has changed since Pearl Harbor. I have suffered an 8 year defeat on this. I will leave a Legacy of Ashes to my successor Dwight D. Eisenhower
I enjoyed killing Communists. I liked to kill Communists any way I could get them Allen Lawrence Pope
We came to power on a CIA train. Ali Saleh Saadi
Any Moslem political official who would not support the United States is a target legally authorized for action by statute for CIA political action Archibald Bulloch Roosevelt Jr.
There are some things I don’t tell the President. It’s better if he doesn’t know. Allen Dulles
If the United States is to survive, long standing concepts of fair play must be reconsidered. James Harold Doolittle
In covert operations, quality is much more important than quantity. A small number of competent people can be much more useful than a large number of incompetents. James Harold Doolittle
The Central Intelligence Agency is in a rotten state. Today, Central Intelligence Agency has hardly any worthwhile operations behind the iron curtain. In their briefings they present a rosy picture to outsiders but the awful truth remains under the TOP SECRET label of the agency. Jim Kellis
Your Excellency, the weight of my body would break the gallows with a noise loud enough to be heard in America. Aaron Aaronsohn
The Central Intelligence Agency was interested in obtaining some factual information and data on the use and effect of various hallucinogens, including marijuana tetrahydrocannabinol and the then brand new LSD. Tests were made under both clinical and nonclinical conditions on both witting and unwitting subjects. George H. White
Governments and spy agencies, including those of democratic countries, have often enlisted criminals to smuggle weapons to allied insurgents abroad or even to assassinate enemies abroad. Moises Naim
Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans? Ron Wyden
I wouldn’t worry if there were a few casualties or a few martyrs behind the iron curtain…. You have got to have a few martyrs. Some people have to get killed. Allen Dulles
We have no reliable inside intelligence on thinking inside the Kremlin …. Our estimates of Soviet long range plans and intentions are speculations drawn from inadequate evidence. Allen Dulles
There is no convincing evidence of an actual Chinese Communist intention to resort to full-scale intervention in Korea. Central Intelligence Agency
Ever since 1946, all the so-called experts have been yapping about what would happen when Stalin dies and what we as a nation should do about it. We’ll he’s dead, and you can turn the files of our government inside out—in vain—looking for any plans laid. We have no plan. We are not even sure what difference his death makes. Dwight D. Eisenhower
CIA paramilitary operations during the Korean War were not only ineffective but probably morally reprehensible in the number of lives lost. Central Intelligence Agency
Most of these missions weren’t sent for intelligence. They were sent to supply nonexistent or fictitious resistance groups. They were suicide missions. They were suicidal and irresponsible. Peter Max F. Sichel
The operational tail will wag the intelligence dog. The top people will be forced to take up all their time in the direction of operations and will neglect intelligence. Walter Smith
The Soviet Union will not produce an atomic bomb for at least another 4 years Central Intelligence Agency
We were quite naïve about the use of American power. William Sloane Coffin
Any nation’s right to form a government and an economic system of its own choosing is inalienable…. Any nation’s attempt to dictate to other nations their form of government is indefensible. Dwight D. Eisenhower
When I first deployed as a military intelligence officer my resources were a map, a grease pencil and two corporals. James R. Clapper
people with fascist backgrounds trying to save their careers by becoming useful to the Americans. [The non-Russians] hated the Russians violently…. Their main goal was to convince the U. S. Government of their importance and their ability to help the U. S. Government so they would get support in one way or another Stephen Barrett Tanner
Many of our customers have serious concerns about government surveillance of the Internet. We share their concerns. Brad Smith
The NSA has thrown Silicon Valley under the bus. Chris Soghoian
Why has there never been a military coup in Washington DC? Because there is no American Embassy there. Anonymous
Had you asked an expert on the Middle East what changes would be likely to tke place in 2011, almost none would have predicted the Arab Spring and none would have chosen Tunisia as the flashpoint. Ethan Zuckerman
We spy on our friends and they spy on us. That is an open secret. Michael Bernard Mukasey
America’s military defense capability owes more to the Israeli intelligence input than it does to any other single source of intelligence… it’s value is worth more than five CIAs George J. Keegan Jr.
If South Vietnam falls to the Communists, Laos and Cambodia would certainly go, followed by Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, and eventually the Philippines John A. McCone
CIA will not develop operations to penetrate another Government agency, even with the approval of its leadership. William Colby
In circumstances believe CIA must fully accept directives of policy makers and seek ways to accomplish the objectives that they seek appears to be throwing away bird in hand before we have adequately identified birds in bush, or songs they may sing. William Colby
…as the Cuban exiles intensify their activities aimed at overthrowing Castro, the more difficult it will become to conceal the U.S. hand.. J. William Fulbright
To give this activity [the Bay of Pigs] even covert support is of a piece with the hypocrisy and cynicism for which the United States is constantly denouncing the Soviet Union in the United Nations and elsewhere. This point will not be lost on the rest of the world-nor on our own consciences J. William Fulbright
I found it peculiar that those who wanted to take military action could — with 100 per cent certainty — know that the weapons existed and turn out to have zero knowledge of where they were. Hans Blix
I have my detractors in Washington. There are bastards who spread things around, of course, who planted nasty things in the media. Hans Blix
A democratic country has zero tolerance for all illegal monitoring operations. Jiang Yi-huah
I was sent to a camp in Maryland for three weeks when I was nine years old, and that was my first training on how to sexually please men. I was through a training course, like a seminar…. I was taught to talk to older men and encouraged to become friendly with older men and eventually, when I was old enough, I was sent out into what they called the operational field, and I would be photographed [in sexually compromising scenes] with [foreign] government and agency officials Claudia Mullen
Although as yet prevented from taking up arms in defense of their rights, these colored men banded themselves together to further the cause of freedom, to succor the escaping slave, and to furnish information to loyal commanders of the movements of the rebels. Alan Pinkerton
There is no justification for continuing an unconstitutional policy with a zero percent success rate. Edward Snowden
The Deputy Director of the CIA revealed that over thirty universities and institutions were involved in an "extensive testing and experimentation" program which included covert drug tests on unwitting citizens "at all social levels, high and low, native Americans and foreign." Several of these tests involved the administration of LSD to "unwitting subjects in social situations." At least one death, that of Dr. Olson, resulted from these activities. The Agency itself acknowledged that these tests made little scientific sense. The agents doing the monitoring were not qualified scientific observers Ted Kennedy
The different forces, however, which are doing secret service work, or investigation of different kinds are not the parts of the government which it would seem wise to me to consolidate. There have grown up under various forms of government in different parts of the world, secret investigation branches under one head, and they times have practically superseded all the other arms of the government and have spread terror among the population …. As long as they remain separate there will, however, be no danger of a secret octopus growing up to control in harmful ways. Eleanor Roosevelt
There has been a culture of misinformation among the intelligence leadership. Ron Wyden
Instead of focusing on Snowden and shooting the messenger, we should really focus on the crimes of the NSA [National Security Agency]. Whatever laws Snowden may or may not have broken, they are infinitesimally small compared to the two major surveillance laws and the 4th Amendment to the Constitution that the NSA violated. Jesselyn Radack
Prior to 9-11, we did not have a single intelligence agent inside Iraq. Dave DeBatto
What’s the difference between my fabricating reports and your letting your agents do it? At least mine make sense. Miles A. Copeland Jr.
I will not forget: that we were a flame and they doused us with water. Mehdi Akhavan-Sales
Good intelligence is targeted intelligence. Sebastian Gorka
If you are looking for a needle in a haystack, why make the haystack bigger. Jesselyn Radack
Collect it all! Keith B. Alexander
We think of the Internet as a bottom-up phenomenon. There are people and countries that would like to treat it as a top-down institution; Americans resist that and I think rightfully so. It would cramp our style in terms of creativity, innovation, and so forth. John Negroponte
Please provide continuous Predator coverage over anti-government militants. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani
International laws do not prohibit an intelligence agency like the CIA from carrying out targeted killings, provided it complies with the relevant international rules. These rules require … when it’s a matter of being able to kill someone in a foreign country, that all such killings be legally justified, that we know the justification, and that there are effective mechanisms for investigation, prosecution, and punishment if laws are violated. Philip G. Alston
The message to the NSA is coming from every branch of our government, from every corner of our nation. NSA, you’ve gone too far! Patrick Leahy
… there has been no instance in which NSA could say with confidence that the outcome would have been different without the... telephony meta-data program. President's Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies
The question is not whether granting the government [this] authority makes us incrementally safer, but whether the additional safety is worth the sacrifice in terms of individual privacy, personal liberty and public trust. President's Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies
In our view, the current storage by the government of bulk meta-data creates potential risks to public trust, personal privacy, and civil liberty. President's Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies
… the government should not be permitted to collect and store mass, undigested, non-public personal information. President's Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies
Surveillance becomes more odious to the surveilled as it is coupled with secrecy…. Surveillance creates a power differential. The spies know ever more about the spied-on, who know virtually nothing about the spies. William T. Vollmann
Even if you’re not doing anything wrong, you’re still being watched and recorded. Edward Snowden
The desire of appropriations committee members to protect their prerogatives prevent Congress from effectively monitoring the intelligence community. James J. Wirtz
I think we would up that estimate to perhaps close to 500,000 people. Of course nobody know. We merely judge it by whole villages that have been depopulated. Marshall Green
This story going around about the CIA … sending in folks to get Castro, It’s incredible. They have a man that was involved that was brought into the CIA, with a number of others, and instructed by the CIA and the Attorney General [then Robert F. Kennedy] to assassinate Castro after the Bay of Pigs. Lyndon B. Johnson
Central Intelligence Agency’s Intention To Send Hoodlums to Cuba to Assassinate Castro Federal Bureau of Investigation
We were appreciating as early as 1978 that the Soviet economy was in serious trouble. We didn’t make the leap that we should have made – I could have made, that the economic trouble would lead to political trouble. We thought that they would tighten their belt under a Stalin-like regime and continue marching on. Stansfield Turner
Fuck the Congress. Send the stuff now! Oliver North
[William J.] Casey was guilty of Contempt of Congress from the day he was sworn in. Robert M. Gates
The CIA and Bill Casey were as independent as a hog on ice and could be as independent as they were wrong George P. Shultz
The CIA’s intelligence was in many cases simply Bill Casey’s ideology. George P. Shultz
In covert action you always have to think of the endgame before you start it. We didn’t always do that. John N. McMahon
We started … feeding the Soviets bad technology, bad computer technology, bad oil drilling technology. We fed them a whole lot, let them steal stuff that they were happy to have. Richard V. Allen
The wave of the future is the development of a complex support base for transnational terrorist activity that is largely independent and quite resistant to control by the state-centered international system. Central Intelligence Agency
The CIA was corrupted during the Reagan Administration. Philip C. Wilcox Jr.
It was a mandate. I was there to help overthrow the goddamn government. Timothy Wells
When I blew the whistle on the whole thing, it was [William J.] Casey who, I felt, regarded what I had done as treason. Abraham Sofaer
I learned serving under William J. Casey, that the Clandestine Service is the heart and soul of the agency [the CIA]. It is also the part that can land you in jail. Robert M. Gates
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. Richard Helms
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? Richard Helms
I’m William Colby and I was the head of the CIA. The job of intelligence is to warn us of dangers to our military. Now the Cold War is over, and the military threat is far less. Now it’s time to cut our military spending by 50 percent and invest the money in our schools, health care, and our economy. William Colby
The only remaining superpower doesn’t have enough interest in what’s going on in the world to organize and run an espionage service. Richard Helms
Intelligence isn’t just something for the Cold War. When you think of Pearl Harbor, you can understand why. Unpleasant surprises are out there. Porter Goss
The likelihood of a cataclysmic warning failure is growing. Disaster looms! Mary McCarthy
There will always be days when we have to race to catch up to events we did not foresee, not because somebody is asleep at the switch, but because what’s going on is so complicated. George Tenet
We’re going to bomb this because it’s the Yugoslav department of military procurement. Thomas R. Wilson
It’s not enough to ring the bell. You have to make sure the other guy hears it. Richard Helms
It’s all torture. John McCain
There are going to be screw-ups, mistakes, confusion, and missteps. One hopes they won’t be fatal. Garrett Jones
We also have to work through … the dark side, if you will. We’ve got to spend time in the shadows in the intelligence world. A lot of what needs to be done here will be done quietly without any discussion. Dick Cheney
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. Richard Helms
We were bereft of any human intelligence—zero, nada, in terms of agents on the ground…. We had no answers. David Kay
Only one thing is worse [for a CIA Agent] than having no sources, and that is to be seduced by sources telling lies. Tim Weiner
We were almost all wrong David Kay
We think intelligence is important to win wars. Wars are not won by intelligence. They’re won by the blood, treasure, courage of the young men that we put in the field …. What intelligence really does when it is working well is to help to avoid war. David Kay
I can still hear George Tenet telling me, and telling my boss in the bowels of the CIA that the intelligence was rock solid. I sat in the room, looking into his eyes, as did the Secretary of State and heard it with the firmness that only George Tenet could give it …. George Tenet assuring Colin Powell that the information he [Powell] was presenting to the United Nations was ironclad. Lawrence Wilkerson
In the absence of hard intelligence, covert action is a fool’s game. Carl W. Ford Jr.
We haven’t done strategic military analysis in so long that most of our analysts don’t know how to do it any more.. Carl W. Ford Jr.
America’s fundamental aspiration is the preservation of peace…. This can only be done on the basis of comprehensive and appropriate information. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Success cannot be advertised: Failure cannot be explained. In the work of intelligence, heroes are undecorated and unsung. . Dwight D. Eisenhower
If this was a graduating class of CIA case officers my advice would be short and to the point: Admit nothing, deny everything, and make counteraccusations. Porter Goss
We want our spying agencies spying on foreigners. That’s why we have them. Mike Rogers
The National Security Agency vacuums up information about virtually every telephone call to, from or within the United States. William H. Pauley III
A democratic state too gentlemanly to learn all it can about threats us a state that betrayed its most fundamental responsibilities. David Frum
The intelligence community is built, resourced, designed, trained, and focused around secrecy. We try to obtain the secrets of our adversaries and we try and keep secret how we are doing so. Alexander Joel
Surveillance is just getting too easy right now. And this is only because of technology.. Spike Bowman
Everyone knows now that it was Nixon who wanted me liquidated. For a long time, the Americans dreamed of doing to me what they failed to do against Fidel Castro during the Bay of Pigs incident. Norodom Sihanouk
We must constantly encourage Western journalists to write precisely the opposite of our real intentions and anyone who writes or speaks about our real intentions accurately or impartially in the Western sense of these words must quickly be dismissed and ridiculed as someone of the Right or a fascist, someone who wants to bring back McCarthyism. Ivan Ivanovich Agayants
Collect It All Process It All Exoloit It All Partner It All Snff It All Know It All National Security Agency
Why can’t we collect all the signals, all the time? Keith B. Alexander
The CIA is inhabited by ghosts. David Ignatius
I abhor this dirty work but when one is employed to sweep chimneys, one must black one’s fingers. James Harris
The implicit bargain that is offered to citizens: Pose no challenge and you have nothing to worry about. Mind your own business, and support or at least tolerate what we do, and you’ll be fine. Put differently, you must refrain from provoking the authority that wields surveillance powers if you wish to be deemed free of wrongdoing. This is a deal that invites passivity, obedience, and conformity. Glenn Greenwald
Retrenchment president’s often like covert action. It’s cheaper. It’s secret. Stephen Sestanovich
Citizen’s Commission to Investigate the FBI Anonymous
When the corporations have their paid agents in the labor unions as they have their paid agents in the legislatures, and in the executive councils of the great parties, the necessity for reform in corporate management is clear. Morley Safer
“Covert Activity” in the United States is defined by law…. “Covert” and “Clandestine” don’t mean the same thing. That which is clandestine is secret but attributable. That which is covert is secret but not attributable. We define this kind of activity in legislation. I love this country Mark Lowenthal
We now have to take a whole new look at the Iranian situation and probably have to snuggle up to Mosaddegh if we’re going to save anything there. Walter Smith
We conclude that his [Patrice Lumumba’s] removal must be an urgent and prime objective of our covert action.. Allen Dulles
A coup attempt will be initiated on 11 September. All three branches of the armed forces and the Carabineros [National Police] are involved in this action. A declaration will be read on Radio Agricultura at 7 a.m. on 11 September …. The Carabineros have the responsibility for seizing President Salvador Allende. Jack Devine
The deaths of the great majority of persons killed in cleanup operations against extremists … are not recorded. Only the Junta members will have a really clear idea of the correct death figures, which they will probably keep secret. Central Intelligence Agency
The intelligence agencies sometimes abuse people. The FBI abused Martin Luther King.. Jimmy Carter
If I had wanted to pull a copy of a judge’s or a senator’s e-mail, all I had to do was enter that selector into XXKEYSCORE. Edward Snowden
Even allies don’t share every single interest that you have. That’s a law of nature in the international system. They will tell you most of what you need to know but there may be some things that they don’t tell you that you need to know in order to formulate your policy as wisely as you can. John McLaughlin
When I was UN ambassador, the French were monitoring me. Madeleine Albright
I do not see Japanese invasion of the Philippines as a probability because the hazards would be too great for the Japanese . . . . We know a great deal that the Japanese are not aware we know, and we are familiar with their plans to a certain extent . . . . George C. Marshall
Our foreign intelligence was little more than what a military attache could learn at dinner. George C. Marshall
Success cannot be advertised: failure cannot be explained. In the work of intelligence, heroes are undecorated and unsung, often even among their own fraternity. Dwight D. Eisenhower
… a distasteful but vital necessity Dwight D. Eisenhower
I've yet to meet a President who controlled the CIA. Benjamin C. Bradlee
No person employed by or acting on behalf of the United States Government shall engage in, or conspire to engage in, assassination. Gerald R. Ford
Among the colonists were spies who took note of the conversations and the schemes of the natives and supplied the information to the governors, who sent it to Cuzco without delay, to be submitted to the Inca. In this way all was made secure. Pedro de Cieza de Leon
I have grave concerns that the CIA search may have violated the separation of powers principle embodied in the United States Constitution. Dianne Feinstein
Both the CIA and the FBI had Oswald under surveillance in the fall of 1963. But they withheld information from the Warren Commission about how much they knew about him before the assassination. The CIA never told the commission about its plots during the Kennedy administration to assassinate Castro — plots that the Cuban dictator discovered, giving him an obvious motive to kill Kennedy. The FBI destroyed evidence before it could reach the commission, including a handwritten, apparently threatening note that Oswald delivered to the bureau’s field office in Dallas in early November 1963. On the day Oswald was murdered by Ruby, FBI agents in Dallas, fearing that the note would be seen as evidence that they had been aware of the danger Oswald posed to the president, shredded the piece of paper and flushed it down a toilet. Its exact contents remain a mystery. Phillip Shenon
The Great Firewall of China and the unrestricted surveillance by the National Security Agency illustrate a tendency for the state to assert its interests at the expense of individuals. Robert Darnton
Even a government as ostensibly open and committed to freedom of speech as our own — are [censors] more likely to operate in their own interests than in their citizens’. In the age of cyberspace, that is a scary prospect. Jonathan Yardley
I am a Soviet officer. I wish to meet with an American officer with the object of offering certain services. Pyotr Semyonovich Popov
Bureau of Secret Intelligence. U. S. State Department
In 1921 there was an extensive Red Scare and Military Intelligence thought that we were only days away from a civil war. Mark Stout
Lost assassination Central Intelligence Agency
Today events move so rapidly that it is exceedingly difficult to state with technical accuracy the actual state of affairs, but it is clear that the peace of Europe cannot be preserved. Russia and Germany, at any rate, have declared war upon each other. Edward Grey
I came to the conclusion that there was some sort of conspiracy, probably involving the mob, anti-Castro Cuban exiles, and maybe rogue CIA agents. Frank F. Mankiewicz II
Richard Helms … did not tell the truth to the Warren Commission when he testified. It is clear that the CIA “did have an axe to grind” during our investigation. Howard Willens
The CIA was set up by me for the sole purpose of getting all the available information to the President. It was not intended to operate as an international agency engaged in strange activities. Harry S Truman
Bill Stephenson taught us all we ever knew about foreign intelligence. William J. Donovan
… willingness to face an ugly truth and say, “Never Again”. Dianne Feinstein
Two contractors were paid $80 million to conduct this torture. Dianne Feinstein
Torture is an extremely effective tool for getting people to talk. It is a terrible tool for getting people to tell the truth. Morris D. Davis
The discomfort of my colleagues, where it existed, didn’t stem from targeted killing itself. . . . The discomfort existed because it felt like we were doing something, on a large scale, that we’d sworn not to. Most of us felt as though we were violating Executive Order 12333. Elliot Ackerman
Now that every smartphone user is a potential collector of intelligence, the key is to skillfully sort the data. Although no structural obstacle prevents the U.S. intelligence community from doing this work well, there remains a strong bias, bordering on elitism, against using freely available information. Jane Harman
Are there topics of sufficient import to the nation's well-being to replace the Soviets as the focus of U.S. intelligence? Stansfield Turner
I have long observed one Rule .... It is simply this, to be concern'd in no Affairs that I should blush to have made publick, and to do nothing but what spies may see ... Benjamin Franklin
If I were to discover that my valet was I spy, I shouldn’t discharge him for that fact—assuming he was a good valet. Benjamin Franklin
We have the ability to take him out and the time has come to exercise that ability…a few covert operators can do the job. Pat Robertson
A counter-insurgency is won by intelligence—not by bombardment. Ashraf Ghani
A perfectly thriving state can, in a matter of months and even days, be transformed into an arena of fierce armed conflct by political, economic, informational, humanitarian, and other nonmilitary measures applied in coordination with the protest potential of the population. Valery Gerasimov
Questions of motive are very difficult in intelligence analysis. Robert M. Gates
I don't believe it. I don't believe they interfered. Donald Trump
We've used the power that we have had to listen in to everybody so that we could better promote our agenda Oliver Stone
Espionage and disinformation have a millennia long tradition in statecraft. Both the Soviets and the U. S. interfered with foreign elections during the Cold War. Matt Vella
It’s worth remembering that America has the toughest system of intelligence supervision in the world—way tougher than France, tougher than Germany. No one else has this combination of a court with judges who are not appointed by the government, who are appointed by the Supreme Court. You have congressional scrutiny—and it may well be that Congress is in different hands from the party that holds the White House—plus you have executive power in the White House. And then you have a very strong professional code within the NSA. What we have seen from the Nixon experience was this: when Nixon tried to politicise the CIA, trying to overrule it, trying to politicise the FBI, it ended in disaster. And I think that although the American record over the last 50 years certainly has some black spots, I would far rather live under the American system of intelligence oversight than I would under the French. So I think we should all learn from the American system and try and copy it. Edward Lucas (journalist)
You re being handed a national treasure. Your main responsibility is that whenever you may leave it, it still remains a national treasure. Michael Morell
We must hit them hard for interfering with our election, If we do not hit the Russians hard, we will be empowering them .... 2017 is going to be a year of kicking Russia in the ass in Congress. Lindsey Graham
As an intelligence analyst you have to tell the president what you know, what you think you know and what you don’t know. Michael Morell
Transparency has long been a rare commodity in international affairs. But today, the forces of technology are ushering in a new age of openness that would have been unthinkable just a few decades ago. Governments, journalists, and nongovernmental organ­izations (NGOs) can now harness a flood of open-source information, drawn from commercial surveillance satellites, drones, smartphones, and computers, to reveal hidden activities in contested areas—from Ukraine to Syria to the South China Sea. Sean P. Larkin
Over the next decade, the market-driven explosion of surveillance sensors and data analytics will bring an unprecedented level of transparency to global affairs. Commercial satellites will capture daily images of the entire globe, offering inexpensive and automated reports on everything from crop yields to military activity. Journalists, NGOs, and bloggers will increasingly use crowdsourced data to uncover wartime atrocities and expose government hypocrisy. Private security companies will discover the sources of cyberattacks and data theft. Biometric systems will expose the identities of clandestine operatives, and government agencies will struggle to contain leakers and whistleblowers. Sean P. Larkin
Although governments will also benefit from improved access to information, increased transparency will allow people at home and abroad to better observe and critique what governments do and to hold leaders accountable for their decisions. As a result, governments will find it harder to adopt strategies that require secrecy or violate international norms. Sean P. Larkin
Venture capitalists are pouring billions of dollars into commercial surveillance satellites, unmanned aerial vehicles, social media analytics, biometric technologies, and cyberdefenses to meet surging market demand. Heavy competition is driving down the cost of and improving the information available to individuals, businesses, and governments. Sean P. Larkin
States will also have trouble acting anonymously in cyberspace, as private companies are increasingly willing and able to identify the sources of cyberattacks. The cybersecurity firm Mandiant made headlines in 2013 when it exposed a covert Chinese military cyberunit responsible for stealing massive amounts of data from U.S. government and corporate networks. In February 2015, the Russian security software firm Kaspersky Lab claimed to have identified spyware from an unnamed Western government on computers in 30 countries. And in January 2016, the cyber-intelligence firm iSIGHT Partners determined that a Russian group was probably behind a successful attack on the Ukrainian power grid. Sean P. Larkin
Nazis! Donald Trump
It is not unusual to see intelligence agencies classify newspaper clippings as secret even after they have been published. The reason is that the agency people can then avoid answering questions about a matter that the do not want to publicly dicuss by sayting that the subject is classified and they are not allowed to discuss it. Larry J. Sabato
The remarkable failure in our time of political and military prediction. It is curious to reflect that out of al the ‘experts’ of all the schools, there was not a single one who was able to foresee so likely an event as the Russo-German Pact of 1939 George Orwell
When it comes to the law enforcement coordination and intelligence sharing, not only does the left hand have no knowledge of what the right hand is doing, one hand does not even recognize that the other hand exists, Michael Smerconish
The National Security Agency: Where Intelligence Goes To Work National Security Agency
As our use of technologies grows exponentially, so do our country's vulnerabilities. Our national security depends on the stability and reliability of our communications infrastructure. The cyber threat to IT and national security systems has never been greater. National Security Agency