The Spirits of Special Frontier Force would like to pay a respectful tribute to Richard McGarrah Helms( b. March 30, 1913 – d. October 23, 2002, Washington D.C. ), the Chief Spymaster of the Central Intelligence Agency from June 1966 to February 1973.
RICHARD M HELMS – THE INTELLIGENCE PROFESSIONAL:
Richard Helms was the chief architect of the legislation, National Security Act of September 1947 that created the Central Intelligence Agency replacing the wartime Office of Strategic Services. CIA came into existence during the presidency of Harry S Truman, 33rd President of the US(1949-1952). The National Security Council that is chaired by the President formed in 1949, CIA was established in 1951.
Richard Helms was commissioned into US Naval Reserve during 1942 and served as Lieutenant Commander. He had served with Office of Strategic Services and its successors from 1943 to 1947. He held various appointments within the CIA. He was the Deputy Director of Plans from 1962 to 1965. He was the Deputy Director of the CIA from April 28, 1965 to June 1966. Intelligence in service to Liberty found an unsurpassed Champion in Richard Helms who served two presidents, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Richard M. Nixon.
Allen Welsh Dulles, the 5th Director of CIA told US Congress, “The CIA should be directed by a relatively small but elite corps of men with a passion for anonymity and a willingness to stick at that particular job.” Helms truly depicts the qualities demanded by Allen Welsh Dulles. Helms said, “Intelligence was not merely a job but rather a calling.” He had asked his employees to “Make Intelligence a profession, not just an occupation.”
Between 1950 and 1973, the CIA had also carried on extensive mind-control experiments at universities, prisons, and hospitals which included the use of LSD and other mind-altering drugs on unwitting test subjects. However, there is a huge concern about CIA tactics to prevent Salvador Allende from winning the 1970 elections in Chile and later when CIA worked to topple him from power. CIA had tried to assassinate several foreign leaders, including Fidel Castro of Cuba. But, the CIA had not acted on its own and was only trying to serve the political bosses of their times.
It may be noted that there is not much awareness about CIA’s covert operations inside countries like Tibet. I sincerely appreciate the dedication of CIA officers who had served in Southeast Asia to defend freedom, and democracy in the occupied Land of Tibet.
I would like to recognize Richard M. Helms as a Cold War era Hero who did his best to support and encourage the cause of political freedom, liberty, and democracy in the world in very difficult times.
I say Richard Helms is a great Spymaster who had ever served the Central Intelligence Agency and what do you want to say???
Rudra N. Rebbapragada/R. Rudra Narasimham,
Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.A.
Organization: The Spirits of Special Frontier Force.