By: Cliff Kincaid
This 1986 video, obtained from the public domain, shows President Ronald Reagan visiting the NSA, as he gave the official dedication speech for the NSA’s two new buildings and strongly defended the intelligence-gathering agency. He wanted to loosen “the legal reins governing intelligence,” a history of the NSA notes, a view that gave rise to Reagan executive order 12333. It gave the NSA latitude in SIGINT collection that the agency had not had during the disastrous Carter years. This executive order remains in effect.