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The Myth of British Tuition of the CIA

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City of Edinburgh Methodist Church

25 Nicolson Square

Edinburgh

EH8 9BX

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According to the official historiography of the CIA, American foreign
intelligence did not exist before the 1940s. It portrayed that as a terrible crime,
but held that a ‘miracle’ came to the rescue in World War II in the shape of
tuition from Ian Fleming and other agents of the legendary British intelligence
services. The result was the creation of the CIA in 1947. This creation
mythology was fiction with a purpose, a justification for peacetime
intelligence expansion. The expansion ultimately spilled over into
counterproductive covert operations, and into domestic surveillance. Now,
however, there arose an anti-statist counter mythology, a mythology that held
that government was creating a surveillance society – in truth, our
surveillance society is more private in origin. The lecture will be, then,
critique of both the CIA and its critics.

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