CIA

https://www.cia.gov/index.html

This is from their website

CIA Vision, Mission, Ethos & Challenges

Vision

CIA’s information, insights, and actions consistently provide tactical and strategic advantage for the United States.

Mission

Preempt threats and further US national security objectives by collecting intelligence that matters, producing objective all-source analysis, conducting effective covert action as directed by the President, and safeguarding the secrets that help keep our Nation safe.

Ethos

The officers of the CIA are guided by a professional ethos that is the sum of our abiding principles, core values, and highest aspirations. This ethos holds us on course as we exercise the extraordinary influence and authorities with which we have been entrusted to protect the Nation and advance its interests. CIA’s ethos has many dimensions, including:

  • Service. We put Nation first, Agency before unit, and mission before self. We take pride in being diverse, inclusive, agile, responsive, and consequential.
  • Integrity. We uphold the highest standards of lawful conduct. We are truthful and forthright, and we provide information and analysis without institutional or political bias. We maintain the Nation’s trust through accountability and oversight.
  • Excellence. We bring the best of our diverse backgrounds and expertise to everything we do. We are self-aware, reflecting on our performance and learning from it. We strive to give all officers the tools, experiences, and leadership they need to excel.
  • Courage. We accomplish difficult, high-stakes, often dangerous tasks. In executing mission, we carefully manage risk but we do not shy away from it. We value sacrifice and honor our fallen.
  • Teamwork. We stand by and behind one another. Collaboration, both internal and external, underpins our best outcomes. Diversity and inclusion are mission imperatives.
  • Stewardship. We preserve our ability to obtain secrets by protecting sources and methods from the moment we enter on duty until our last breath.

Key Challenges

  • Close intelligence gaps with enhanced collection and analysis on the countries, non-state actors, and issues most critical to the President and senior national security team.
  • Fulfill our global mission to give customers decision advantage as they confront an unprecedented volume and diversity of worldwide developments that affect US interests.
  • Leverage technological advances for better performance in all mission areas—collection, analysis, covert action, and counterintelligence—while protecting against technological threats to the security of our information, operations, and officers.
  • Improve the ways we attract, develop, and retain talent to maximize each CIA officer’s potential to contribute to achieving mission.
  • Better manage Agency resources during a period of fiscal austerity.

History of the CIA

William J. Donovan
William J Donovan

The United States has carried out intelligence activities since the days of George Washington, but only since World War II have they been coordinated on a government-wide basis. President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed New York lawyer and war hero, William J. Donovan, to become first the Coordinator of Information, and then, after the US entered World War II, head of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) in 1942. The OSS – the forerunner to the CIA – had a mandate to collect and analyze strategic information. After World War II, however, the OSS was abolished along with many other war agencies and its functions were transferred to the State and War Departments.

It did not take long before President Truman recognized the need for a postwar, centralized intelligence organization. To make a fully functional intelligence office, Truman signed the National Security Act of 1947 establishing the CIA. The National Security Act charged the CIA with coordinating the nation’s intelligence activities and correlating, evaluating and disseminating intelligence affecting national security.

On December 17, 2004, President George W. Bush signed the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act which restructured the Intelligence Community by abolishing the position of Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) and Deputy Director of Central Intelligence (DDCI) and creating the position the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (D/CIA). The Act also created the position of Director of National Intelligence (DNI), which oversees the Intelligence Community and the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC).

Now folks all these agencies are keeping tabs on terrorists and since 9/11 the lens of everyone has gone from outward pointing to inward as well as outward pointing.  This means they see and hear all you do and as technology steps up to the plate to facilitate it, they will sift store catalog and evaluate every person in this nation and categorize us all as to the threat level we pose to “National Security”.

 

Rhodes Scholarships

Ever hear the term Rhodes Scholar? I have but what does that mean and why is such prestige attached to it? A Rhodes Scholar is someone who went to certain colleges went under a certain scholarship, a scholarship founded by Cecil Rhodes. Here is their website. http://www.rhodesscholar.org/ You can use this scholarship to get into only one school. OXFORD. This comes directly from the FAQ part of the site. The Rhodes Scholarships were established after the death of Cecil Rhodes, who dreamed of improving the world through the diffusion of leaders motivated to serve their contemporaries, trained in the contemplative life of the mind, and broadened by their acquaintance with one another and by their exposure to cultures different from their own. Mr. Rhodes hoped that his plan of bringing able students from throughout the English-speaking world and beyond to study at Oxford University would aid in the promotion of international understanding and peace. Each year, 32 U. S. citizens are among more than 80 Rhodes Scholars worldwide who take up degree courses at Oxford University. Emphasis mine. This sounds very liberal to me but maybe as a Christian I am to conservative. “trained in the contemplative life of the mind” what does he mean contemplative life of the mind? He means thinkers critical thinkers. Why only Oxford? Mr. Rhodes’ Will contains four criteria by which prospective Rhodes Scholars are to be selected:

literary and scholastic attainments;

energy to use one’s talents to the full, as exemplified by fondness for and success in sports;

truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship;

moral force of character and instincts to lead, and to take an interest in one’s fellow beings.

Sounds like we are training leaders. The program itself is characterized by the Rhodes Experience. They have VIMEO blogspot to hear about the program http://scholarvideoblog.squarespace.com/

In the interview we find these are leaders in their fields and they are getting a “bigger picture” perspective. These people will eventually use their position to various means. Because they are Rhodes Scholars at Oxford they meet “interesting people” an to “focus on the present and find out about what makes (them) happy” Now they are a community within Oxford these scholars. They do travel they do have privileges and they do make connections. These people will I am certain be expected to return to their places and make a move on some front in a leading position which may well be liberal. It is an experience to be had … apparently you get in touch with you with others in the Rhodes Community and doors can open.

Over and over again I find the thought of the Rhodes Experience and the Rhodes Community. What I think I may be hearing is a very carefully and sophisticated form of brainwashing. If you really listen to these scholars they sound hollow of character. They sound liberal, they sound sincere and they really haven’t a clue whats next. In fact that was a complaint that they wanted guidance as to just what to do with their experience their UNIQUE experience to “give back”… why oh why do I suspect some level of Programming?

The Rhodes Scholarships. Leaders for the world’s future.

That sort of says it all. Did you know President Bill Clinton is a Rhodes Scholar? Do you remember his scandals? These are our leaders? Lord help us.

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