Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones A Question of Standing: The History of the CIA

On September 18, 1947, the National Security Act, a major restructuring of the US Military and intelligence agencies went into effect. It created The National Security Council and The Central Intelligence Agency, headed by the Director of Central Intelligence. Our guest today on Forthright Radio is Professor of American History, emeritus, at the University of Edinburgh, Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones. His latest book, A QUESTION OF STANDING: THE HISTORY OF THE CIA, published by Oxford University Press, examines how the influence of the CIA has shifted with its standing with different presidents, Congresses, and the US as well as international public over time.

His reputation as an intelligence authority has been long established
with earlier books such as, THE CIA AND AMERICAN DEMOCRACY; CLOAK AND DOLLAR: A HISTORY OF AMERICAN SECRET INTELLIGENCE; IN SPIES WE TRUST: THE STORY OF WESTERN INTELLIGENCE; and THE FBI: A HISTORY. We spoke with Professor Jeffreys-Jones on October 11, 2022 via Skype from his home in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Articles pertinent to this interview:

The inside story of the CIA v Russia – from cold war conspiracy to ‘black’ propaganda in Ukraine https://theconversation.com/the-inside-story-of-the-cia-v-russia-from-cold-war-conspiracy-to-black-propaganda-in-ukraine-188550

Has the C.I.A. Done More Harm Than Good? https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2022/10/10/has-the-cia-done-more-harm-than-good?utm_source=nl&utm_brand=tny&utm_mailing=TNY_Magazine_Daily_100322&utm_campaign=aud-dev&utm_medium=email&bxid=5be9dcd924c17c6adf43abf9&cndid=24611174&hasha=a6252e8e1a4afcf8f16af402c223ed5a&hashb=41a28f2320837a2fbc8a7a5a890aad11f1bcae9f&hashc=c69dd0ac8ee9b9f68834963c34476bde472773e79c68ee6c6f59d276224b5c0d&esrc=&utm_term=TNY_Daily

Covert CIA websites could have been found by an ‘amateur’, research finds https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/sep/29/cia-websites-security-sources-communication-safety

China ‘dismantled’ CIA spying operations and killed sources – report https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/20/china-dismantled-cia-spying-operations-new-york-times

64 Years Later, CIA Details Long-Hidden Role in Iran Coup https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wihoBNG94QQ