1973Harry Truman (1884-1972) | President & CIA Founder

One of fourteen Masons who have been presidents of the US. President Truman created CIA in 1947.

If we see that Germany is winning, we ought to help Russia, and if Russia is winning we ought to help Germany, and that way we let them kill as many as possible.

I think that (the CIA and its creation) was a mistake. And if I'd known what was going to happen, I never would have done it.... But it got out of hand.... Now as nearly as I can make out, those fellows in the CIA don't just report on wars and the like, they go out and make their own and there is nobody to keep track of what they are up to. They spend billions of dollars on stirring up trouble so they will have something to report on. They've become... it's become a government of all its own and all secret. They just don't have to report to anybody...

1st para: New York Times, June 24, 1941.

2nd para: Yes, I know the quote date is after his death, because they are take from Merle Miller's 1973 book Plain Speaking (an oral history of President Truman).

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