Almost 30 years ago when I was still on active duty, I was assigned to the Pentagon in a job that required a top secret clearance. I worked in the communications center and we received and distributed all incoming message traffic (back before the ease of email.)
I remember when I was shown the top secret message vault and I got all excited to read some of those messages. Man, could they have been any more boring??? What makes most of the info so highly classified is not the content, but the source.
But to address the OP, I’d like to know exactly what the CIA is doing. This isn’t a tin-foil-hat curiousity, either. I always figured most of what they do falls into the same boring category as the message traffic of my early years. But I would like to know about any whiz-bang cool stuff they have/do.
Of course, there’s the need-to-know rule. Does the President really need to know certain things? I expect the security briefings don’t include such things as “And Tom Jackson is our man who has infiltrated the Z-Cell of the Taliban and his undercover name is Achmed and he lives in the third cave from the bend in the road from the Khyber Pass and his code word is Milk Dud.”
So now I wonder, has anyone ever had to say “I’m sorry, Mr. President, but you don’t have the need to know that.” :eek: