National Archives at Kansas City

Press Release: April 30, 2014

National Archives at Kansas City

Dr. Melvin Goodman to Discuss Presidents and the CIA: From Truman to Obama at the National Archives

For More Information Contact:
Kimberlee Ried, 816-268-8072

Kansas City, (MO)…On Tuesday, June 3 at 6:30 p.m., the National Archives will host Dr. Melvin Goodman who will present a lecture titled Presidents and the CIA: From Truman to Obama. This program is presented in partnership with the Truman Library and Museum, and the Truman Center for Governmental Affairs at the University of Missouri–Kansas City. A 6:00 p.m. reception will precede the program, which will take place at the National Archives, 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, Missouri.

Dr. Goodman will describe the intelligence and operational successes and failures of the Central Intelligence Agency from the perspective of the relationship between the U.S. Presidency and the CIA. Special attention will be given to President Harry S. Truman's establishment of the CIA in 1947; President Dwight D. Eisenhower's expansion of covert action in the 1950s; and President John F. Kennedy's misuse of the CIA at the Bay of Pigs in 1961. More recent events will include the Reagan administration's policies regarding Iran-Contra; the CIA's intelligence failures regarding the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991 and the terrorist attacks in 2001. Finally, Dr. Goodman will discuss the Bush administration's challenges with the CIA in the run-up to the Iraq War and in the global war on terror, and the Obama administration's failure to seek accountability for CIA transgressions. The presidential appointment of various CIA directors over the past six decades will be assessed.

To make a reservation for this free program call 816-268-8010 or email This lecture continues the UMKC Truman Center’s Legacy Series that looks at policy and institutional developments that date back to the Truman Presidency.

About the Speaker

Mel Goodman is an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University and senior fellow at the Center for International Policy in Washington, DC. He was division chief and senior analyst at the Office of Soviet Affairs, Central Intelligence Agency from 1976 to 1986. He was a senior analyst at the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, State Department from 1974 to 1976. He was an intelligence adviser to the Strategic Arms Limitations Talks in Vienna and Washington. He has authored numerous books including The Wars of Edvard Shevardnadze; The Phantom Defense: America's Pursuit of the Star Wars Illusion; Bush League Diplomacy; Failure of Intelligence: The Decline and Fall of the CIA. Goodman's latest book, National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism, was released in 2013. Goodman appeared on C-SPAN to discuss his book, and was also featured on Democracy Now to provide insight to John Brennan's qualifications for CIA Director. Later in 2014, Goodman will publish The Path to Dissent: The Story of a CIA Whistleblower.

The National Archives at Kansas City is one of 13 facilities nationwide where the public has access to Federal archival records. It is home to more than 50,000 cubic feet of historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by nearly 100 Federal agencies. Serving the Central Plains Region, the archives holds records from the states of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The facility is located at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108. It is open to the public Tuesday - Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for research, with the exhibits open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit us online.

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