The CIA lobby seal at the CIA headquarters in Langley, Va. (Wikimedia Commons). The CIA lobby seal at the CIA headquarters in Langley, Va. (Wikimedia Commons).

A bipartisan group of Senators last week proposed a bill to designate July 26 as United States Intelligence Professionals Day, a move that would underscore the date President Harry S. Truman created the intelligence community nearly 66 years ago.

Senators Mark R. Warner (D-Va.), Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), and Richard Burr (R-N.C.) introduced the legislation. All serve on the Senate intelligence committee,

“Intelligence professionals serve our country in anonymity knowing that most of the work they do to protect our freedom will never be made public,” Mikulski said in a statement. “They are the unsung heroes who risk their lives and even give their lives fighting terrorists and those who wish to do this country harm.”

The intelligence community encompasses a long list of government agencies, including the CIA, National Security Agency, Defense Intelligence Agency, and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, as well as various elements of the armed forces, the FBI, DEA, Department of Energy, Treasury Department and State Department, among others.

Truman created the intelligence community by signing the National Security Act of 1947, which still governs the network’s activities.

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