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Hmm... I wouldn't say he came up with the idea of the CIA exactly. More like the CIA recruited Gehlen. The OSS, the CIA's predecessor, was already present during World War II and soon after, the CIA was formed. But Operation Paperclip and programs like it recruited many high-level Nazis into the US intelligence corp after the war, including Gehlen, who was subsequently a major architect of the growing national security apparatus.

But yes, it never hurts to understand the history behind mass warrantless worldwide illegal surveillance, as is now practiced every moment by my country and others.
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When Gehlen was flown to the USA in 1946 what he wanted was a central intelligence agency set up to coordinate all the various intelligence agencies of the West: similar to what the Russians had in the Soviet Union. The CIA was established in 1947 and it was set up to coordinate the various intelligence agencies of the USA only. So Gehlen did not quite get all that he wanted officially.
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