Central Intelligence Agency



Washington, DC 20505

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

Director of Central Intelligence George J. Tenet

Deputy Director of Central Intelligence John E. McLaughlin


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, and other laws, regulations, and directives.

The Director of Central Intelligence heads both the Intelligence Community and the Central Intelligence Agency and is the President's principal adviser on intelligence matters. The Director and Deputy Director of Central Intelligence are appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate.

The Central Intelligence Agency, under the direction of the President or the National Security Council, does the following:

--advises the National Security Council in matters concerning such intelligence activities of the Government departments and agencies as relate to national security;

--makes recommendations to the National Security Council for the coordination of such intelligence activities of the departments and agencies of the Government as relate to the national security;

--correlates and evaluatesintelligence relating to the national security and provides for the appropriate dissemination of such intelligence within the Government;

--collects, produces, and disseminates counterintelligence and foreign intelligence, including information not otherwise obtainable. The collection of counterintelligence or foreign intelligence within the United States shall be coordinated with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as required by procedures agreed upon by the Director of Central Intelligence and the Attorney General;

--collects, produces, and disseminates intelligence on foreign aspects of narcoticsproduction and trafficking;

--conducts counterintelligence activities outside the United States and, without assuming or performing any internal security functions, conducts counterintelligence activities within the United States in coordination with the FBI as required by procedures agreed...

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