Central Intelligence Agency



Washington, DC 20505

Phone, 703-482-1100. Internet, www.cia.gov.

Director Porter J. Goss


The Central Intelligence Agency collects, evaluates, and disseminates vital information on political, military, economic, scientific, and other developments abroad needed to safeguard national security.

The Central Intelligence Agency was established under the National Security Council by the National Security Act of 1947, as amended (50 U.S.C. 401 et seq.). It now functions under that statute, Executive Order 12333 of December 4, 1981, the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (50 U.S.C. 401 note), and other laws, regulations, and directives.

The Central Intelligence Agency is headed by a Director, who is appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate.

The Central Intelligence Agency, under the direction of the Director of National Intelligence, does the following:

--collects intelligence through human sources and by other appropriate means, except that the Central Intelligence Agency exercises no police, subpoena,

or law enforcement powers or internal security functions;

--correlates and evaluates intelligencerelated to national security and provides appropriate dissemination of such intelligence;

--provides overall direction for and coordination of the collection of national intelligence outside the United States through human sources by elements of the Intelligence Community authorized to undertake such collection. In coordination with other departments, agencies, or elements of the United States Government...

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