Harry Truman
On this Day in 1963: Ten years after leaving office, former president Harry S. Truman wrote a letter that was published in the Washington Post questioning the role of the CIA. He wrote, “I think it has become necessary to take another look at the purpose and operations of our Central Intelligence Agency… I never had any thought that when I set up the CIA that it would be injected into peacetime cloak and dagger operations.” Photo credit: Library of Congress / Wikimedia

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