Association of Former Intelligence Officers

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The Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO), formerly known as the Association of Retired Intelligence Officers is a non-profit, non-partisan advocacy organization founded in 1975 by David Atlee Phillips to counter widespread criticism of the United States intelligence community coming from the media and the U.S. Congress. It is registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity and sees its primary mission as educational. The AFIO has 5,000 members in 24 active chapters, most of whom are a mix of former or current intelligence officers, academicians, students, and the general public; it is not necessary to be an intelligence officer to be an associate member of AFIO if one supports its principles and abides by its code of ethics.

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