McLaughlin: Remembering Former CIA Chief Stansfield Turner

By John McLaughlin

John McLaughlin is the Distinguished Practitioner in Residence at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).  He is a former Acting Director of Central Intelligence and a former Deputy Director of Central Intelligence. He was a US Army Officer in the 1960s, with service in Vietnam.

Former CIA director and retired Adm. Stansfield Turner passed away last week at 94. Former CIA Acting Director John McLaughlin offered this remembrance.

Stansfield Turner arrived at CIA in March 1977 at a tumultuous time — the nation was still shaking off Watergate and the Nixon resignation, and it had an unusual new president, Jimmy Carter.

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