Harry S. Truman

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Person.png Harry S. Truman   Powerbase Sourcewatch Spartacus
(Politician, Farmer)
Harry S. Truman.jpg
Born May 8, 1884
Lamar, Missouri, U.S.
Died December 26, 1972 (Age 88)
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
Alma mater Independence High School, Kansas City Law School
Religion Baptist
Children Margaret
Spouse Bess Wallace
Member of Phi Beta Kappa
Party Democratic

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In office
April 12, 1945 - January 20, 1953
Employer US Government
Deputy Alben Barkley
Preceded by Franklin D. Roosevelt
Succeeded by Dwight D. Eisenhower
Against his better judgement, he was persuaded to create the CIA, something he later came to regret.

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In office
January 20, 1945 - April 12, 1945
Preceded by Henry Agard Wallace

[[|x22px|link=US Senator]] US Senator

In office
January 3, 1935 - January 17, 1945
From Missouri

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In office
January 3, 1935 - January 17, 1945

Employment.png Presiding Judge of Jackson County Missouri

In office
January 10, 1927 - January 3, 1935

Employment.png Judge of Jackson County Missouri's Eastern District

In office
January 1, 1923 - January 1, 1925

Unlike modern US Presidents, Truman evidenced considerable concern about the rise of the deep state. He was however, ultimately ineffective in stopping its more or less complete takeover of the US government.

Letter Bomb attempt

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FBI

Truman was concerned about the power of the FBI, writing in 1947: “Dear Bess... We want no Gestapo or secret police. FBI is tending in that direction. They are dabbling in sex-life scandals and plain blackmail... Edgar Hoover would give his right eye to take over, and all congressmen and senators are afraid of him. I'm not and he knows it. If I can prevent [it] there'll be no NKVD or Gestapo in this country. Edgar Hoover's orgnization would make a good start toward a citizen spy system. Not for me.”[2]

National Security Act of 1947

Truman signed the National Security Act of 1947 and reorganized military forces by merging the Department of War and the Department of the Navy into the National Military Establishment (later the Department of Defense) and creating the U.S. Air Force.

Russ Baker notes that Truman was very reluctant to sign the act since it also created the CIA and the National Security Council. He apparently didn't see the need for an organisation such as the CIA in peacetime, but was persuaded to sign off on it against his better judgment[Why?][How?], something that he later came to regret.[3][4]

“For some time I have been disturbed by the way the CIA has been diverted from its original assignment. It has become an operational and at times a policy-making arm of the government.... I never had any thought that when I set up the CIA that it would be injected into peacetime cloak and dagger operations.”
Harry S. Truman   —   [2]

Call for reform

As if alert to the dangers of the crystallising deep state within the US government, one month after the JFK Assassination, Truman wrote a letter to the New York Times, in which he noted that "for some time I have been disturbed by the way CIA has been diverted from its original assignment. It has become an operational and at times a policy-making arm of the Government."[5] He called for reform of the CIA, opining that "there is something about the way the CIA has been functioning that is casting a shadow over our historic position and I feel that we need to correct it."[5] It is unclear whether he was aware of its role in JFK's assassination, or whether this timing is coincidental. Either way, the letter was broadly ignored and the call for reform was not taken up.  

A Document by Harry S. Truman

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TitleDocument typePublication dateSubject(s)Description
Limit CIA Role To Intelligenceletter21 December 1963CIAA letter just after the assassination of JFK which was published once and then vanished down the memory hole.
 

An appointment by Harry S. Truman

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AppointeeJobAppointedEnd
David BruceUnited States Ambassador to France19491952


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