A History of CIA Covert Operations
Billkozy on 02/07/2008
|On June 13, 1942, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). He appointed William "Wild Bill" Donovan as its first director, whereupon about 1,500 of the department's agents were dispatched to infiltrate occupied Europe and Asia during World War II. There, they organized resistance groups. The success of their efforts though was not continued as the OSS was disbanded after the war. It wasn't until July 26, 1947 that President Harry S. Truman created another form of that agency when he signed the National Security Act, which produced the Central Intelligence Agency. The Central Intelligence Agency has employed covert tactics and paramilitary operations ever since. Unfortunately the results of their coups and murders and dirty tricks have sometimes been problematic. A Senate committee throughout 1975 and '76 held many hearings investigating the CIA's covert tactics and then demanded new congressional oversight, leading to President Gerald R. Ford's instituting new rules. This led to the CIA's subsequent reluctance to use paramilitary forces ... at least for a while. Here is a history of some of their boldest and most famous adventures, both successful and unsuccessful, thanks to Time magazine, Vol. 161, No. 5.|
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