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originally posted by: Phage
a reply to: AboveBoard
Information from everywhere is another interpretation.
The radiating spokes of the compass rose depict the convergence of intelligence data from all areas of the world to a central point.
The heraldic symbol that composes the CIA seal consists of three representative parts: the "right"-facing bald eagle head atop, ("right" facing, since the eagle looks over its "right" shoulder, not the left shoulder) the compass star (or compass rose), and the shield. The eagle is the national bird, of the U.S., standing for strength and alertness. The 16-point compass star represents the CIA's worldwide search for intelligence outside the United States, which is then reported to the headquarters for analysis, reporting, and re-distribution to policymakers. The compass rests upon a shield, symbolic of defense.
But a compass is traditionally used to set a course, is it not?