Central Intelligence Agency Intelligence Activities: Procedures Approved by the Attorney General Pursuant to Executive Order 12333   [open pdf - 13MB]

"Timely, accurate, and insightful information about the activities, capabilities, plans, and intentions of foreign powers, organizations, and persons, and their agents, is essential to informed decision making in the areas of national security, national defense, and foreign relations. Collection of such information is a priority objective that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) shall pursue in a vigorous, innovative, and responsible manner that is consistent with the Constitution and applicable law and respectful of the principles upon which the United States was founded. Set forth below are Procedures that, in addition to and consistent with applicable laws, are intended to achieve the proper balance between the acquisition of essential information and protection of individual interests. The United States Government, including the CIA, has a solemn obligation to protect fully the legal rights of all United States persons, including freedoms, civil liberties, and privacy rights guaranteed by federal law, including in the conduct of intelligence activities. [...] These Procedures reflect the requirements of the National Security Act of 1947, as amended, the CIA Act of 1949, as amended, other applicable laws, and Executive Order 12333, as amended."

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