Central Intelligence Agency

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The Central Intelligence Agency is the US government overseas intelligence agency.


War on Terror

Detention and rendition

Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the CIA began a secret detention program under which suspected terrorists were held in prisons or “black sites,” outside the United States, where they were subjected to “enhanced interrogation techniques” involving torture and other abuse. The CIA also began a secret programme of “extraordinary rendition,” transferring detainees to to other governments, without legal process, for detention and interrogation.[1]



Directors of Central Intelligence

Following passage of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorist Prevention Act of 2004 the Director of Central Intelligence was replaced as head of the US Intelligence community by a Director of National Intelligence outside the CIA. [3]

Directors of the Central Intelligence Agency

Deputy Directors

Whistleblowers and former agents


The CIA has four main components:

National Clandestine Service

The National Clandestine Service, like its predecessors the Directorate of Plans 1952-1973, and the Directorate of Operations 1973-2005, is organised into a number of geographic divisions.[9]

Powerbase Resources

External Resources


  1. Globalizing Torture: CIA Secret Detention and Extraordinary Rendition, Open Society Justice Initiative, February 2013, p5.
  2. Directors of Central Intelligence - Central Intelligence Agency, accessed 27 February 2008.
  3. From Director of Central Intelligence to Director of National Intelligence, National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 144, edited by Jeffrey T. Richelson, December 17, 2004, accessed 27 February 2008.
  4. Leadership - Central Intelligence Agency, accessed 27 February 2008.
  5. David H. Petraeus, Central Intelligence Agency, accessed 18 April 2012.
  6. John O. Brennan, Central Intelligence Agency, accessed 27 March 2013.
  7. Michael J. Morell, Central Intelligence Agency, accessed 27 March 2013.
  8. Offices of CIA, CIA, accessed 15 March 2010.
  9. CIA Celebrates 60 Years, CIA, 15 March 2010.