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what to do with their information. According to Jeffrey
Richelson there are four basic uses for CIA intelligence
information. (Richelson, p.4) The first one is policy making.
The leaders of our country can use this knowledge to aid in
making the right and proper decision. For example if the
president was considering whether to have a peace talk with a
foreign country and was almost ready to say no, but the CIA
informed him that the foreign government was going to start a war
if he said no to the talks, then he would have a lot more to
consider. Another use is planning. When the government finds
things out about other countries they can decide on many courses
of action. For example, if they find out that a country is saying
one thing while doing another, the government may cut off
sanctions or change a policy or directive. This brings up the
usefulness in a conflict situation. Information is highly
important when it comes to negotiations and knowing just how far
the opposition can be pushed. The fourth benefit of using
intelligence is warning. The government can be warned of
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Graham, Stacy. Keeping Good Company: A Critical View of the CIA, thesis or dissertation, Spring 1990; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc146412/m1/4/: accessed August 17, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Honors College.