The Central Intelligence Agency is an agency of the United States that acts on foreign soil, as the FBI does inside the country. They protect the United States, its citizens and its interests from threats abroad like terrorists and hostile foreign nations, by acquiring intelligence on matters of interest and presenting it to the President, Congress, the Department of Defense, and other top-level decision-makers.
Though the CIA does divulge information about its activities to Congress and the President, it is widely suspected of conducting activities that would be considered illegal in various jurisdictions, albeit in the favor of the U.S. These "black operations" typically involve hostile action against enemy governments or non-state actors, including assassinations, inciting rebellion, espionage and counter-espionage. Agents that might carry out these missions may be disavowed if discovered.
Officially, the Agency does not conduct intelligence operations on home soil—the domain of the FBI—but is also suspected of performing such activities. It is widely agreed on that these activities, while ilegal keep situations like 9/11 from occuring on a regular basis. What the CIA does may not be considere d right, but its considered necessary.
Portrayal in showEdit
Main character John Reese is an ex-CIA operative, initially presumed dead but discovered lurking in New York City in 2011. ("Pilot") He is tracked by his former handler, Mark Snow, who directed Reese's final mission. As the mission was supposed to end with the elimination of Reese and his partner, Snow intends to follow through with the cover-up. ("Matsya Nyaya")
One particular person of interest was an NYPD undercover detective investigating a drug distribution operation that turned out to be part of a CIA domestic operation bankrolling the "War on Terror" through drug sales. One of the agents responsible for the operation, L.O.S., was arrested by the NYPD for his involvement, but immediately bailed by the CIA (so they could issue their own punishment). ("Blue Code")