“to the efforts to get the intelligence community to declassify documents related to his three-years of targeting by deep state officials.”
AUTHOR:Harry S. Truman (1884–1972)
QUOTATION:When contemplating General Eisenhower winning the Presidential election, Truman said, “He’ll sit here, and he’ll say, ‘Do this! Do that!’ And nothing will happen. Poor Ike—it won’t be a bit like the Army [or in Trump’s case, like in private business Trump Enterprise]. He’ll find it very frustrating.”
ATTRIBUTION:HARRY S. TRUMAN.—Richard E. Neustadt, Presidential Power, the Politics of Leadership, p. 9 (1960).
From Zerohedge (2017-03-09) Said the CIA Was a “Government All Its Own” Which Was Destroying Democracy”
President Truman created the CIA. But in the 1970s, he told his biographer, Merle Miller:
I think [creation of the CIA/(“Intelligence Community)] was a mistake. And if I’d known what was going to happen, I never would have done it.
Why, they’ve got an organization over there in Virginia now that is practically the equal of the Pentagon in many ways. And I think I’ve told you, one Pentagon is one too many.
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’s nobody to keep track of what they’re up to. They spend billions of dollars on stirring up trouble so they’ll have something to report on. They [CIA/(“Intelligence Community)] have become … it’s become a government all of its own and all secret. They don’t have to account to anybody.
That’s a very dangerous thing in a democratic society, and it’s got to be put a stop to. The people have got a right to know what those birds are up to. And if I was back in the White House, people would know.