Category Archives: CIA

40 Years Ago — The Intelligence Identities Protection Act (June 23 1982)

“The legislation ultimately will harm, not help, our national security interests (…)  If left to stand, it will curtail legitimate journalistic scrutiny of a particularly important and sensitive area of government, creating the possibility that wrongdoing or wrong-headedness could flourish in … Continue reading

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CIA Director — A Biography of Gina Haspel [UPDATE : Haspel Personally Observed Torture at Secret CIA Black Site]

“I wrote a letter to the CIA on my manual college typewriter. I mailed it to CIA with my résumé. I didn’t have an address. So I just put: CIA. Washington, D.C. And here I am.” DCIA Gina Haspel — … Continue reading

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On This Day — USAF Bombs Chinese Embassy in Belgrade (May 7 1999)

“The attack was a mistake. Let me emphasise our investigation has determined that no one, and I repeat, no one knowingly targeted the Chinese Embassy. Speculation to the contrary is simply unfounded. No one at any stage in the process … Continue reading

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Jane Wallis Burrell — First CIA Officer to Have Died While in Service [Declassified : Eagle & Swastika]

“Jane Wallis Burrell was in the OSS from 1943-1945, and was a case officer in X-2 in France and Germany. She segued into the SSU, the CIG, and then the CIA, and was recognized as the first CIA officer to … Continue reading

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Remembering CIA Monique N. Lewis (October 29, 1946 – April 18, 1983) [UPDATE : Whodunit? Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah’s operatives, or Fatah proxies?]

“We gather here today in recognition of Women’s History Month.  At this time, it seems only fitting that we remember our own.We honor today four of our women who made that supreme sacrifice: Barbara A. Robbins, Phyllis Nancy Faraci, Monique N. … Continue reading

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On This Day — CIA Launches Project MK-ULTRA (April 13, 1953) [UPDATE — Reaping Tragic Legacy From CIA Drugs]

“The CIA’s Office of Scientific Intelligence organized the project, code-named Project MK-ULTRA, in coordination with the U.S. Army Biological Warfare Laboratories. In some cases, academic researchers were funded through grants funneled to them from CIA front organizations while remaining unaware … Continue reading

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Remembering CIA Barbara A. Robbins (July 26, 1943 – March 30, 1965) — The Enduring Mystery of the Anonymous 1965 Star

“To this day, Barbara Robbins is the youngest officer memorialized on our Wall. She was the first American woman to die in Vietnam and the first woman in our Agency’s history to make the ultimate sacrifice.  Nine women since then … Continue reading

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Sunday Jokes — The Cultural Differences among US Intel Agencies [Unclassified Summary of Assessment on COVID-19 Origin]

“Variations in analytic views largely stem from differences in how agencies weigh intelligence reporting and scientific publications, and intelligence and scientific gaps.” Unclassified Summary of Assessment on COVID-19 Origin — ODNI (August 27 2021) March 20 2022 — Thank God, … Continue reading

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Spy Quotes — Leon Theremin & “The Thing” [UPDATE : FBI Report released after 70 years!]

“Theremin did some of his best scientific work while imprisoned by one of the most repressive regimes of the 20th century. This brilliant scientist crossed path with the CIA more than once — to our detriment.” Benjamin R. Fisher — … Continue reading

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CIA : “Our failures are known. Our successes are not.” Really?

“There have been only two kinds of CIA secret operations: the ones that are widely known to have failed — usually because of almost unbelievably crude errors — and the ones that are not yet widely known to have failed.” … Continue reading

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