Archer Ends Its Rebound Season On Top Form And Hints At A New Status Quo

After season five's detour into Archer: Vice, the gang returned to good old spycraft in season six ... which wrapped up last night with the conclusion of the two-parter "Drastic Voyage." Including the heavy suggestion that season seven, slated for 2016, will take yet another new direction. Spoilers ahead! » 4/03/15 1:29pm 4/03/15 1:29pm

Archer Gang Gets "Dr. Shrinkered" On What Could Be Their Last Mission

Archer's sixth season is almost over, with the first of a two-part finale seeing the blundering super spies and assorted hangers-on being miniaturized and injected into a comatose scientist. "Drastic Voyage: Part One" (blorp!) mixes high-stakes danger with goofy references ... a classic Archer recipe for success. » 3/27/15 2:35pm 3/27/15 2:35pm

Now the CIA Wants to Take Responsibility for All UFO Sightings

One of the most popular documents released by the CIA in 2014 was an account of U-2 testing from 1954-1974. In a creepily sarcastic comment, the CIA's Twitter rep wrote, "Reports of unusual activity in the skies in the '50s? It was us." You can imagine what the citizens of Twitter had to say about that. » 12/29/14 4:42pm 12/29/14 4:42pm

Release Of U.S. Historical Documents Delayed Due To Iran Nuke Talks

The State Department has blocked the release of declassified documents about the CIA's role in the 1953 coup that overthrew Iran's democratically elected prime minister, due to the ongoing negotiations with Tehran over its nuclear program. But some historians think this is a dumb decision, that could actually backfire. » 12/19/14 11:35am 12/19/14 11:35am

A Rare Look At Historical Spy Gadgets Inside The CIA's Private Museum

The CIA's museum, located at its headquarters in Langley, VA, is home to more than 28,000 items, including gadgets, weapons and espionage memorabilia. Usually, it's off limits to most non-CIA personnel—but a special arrangement allowed Smithsonian magazine to take a tour and photograph select exhibits. » 10/08/14 10:40am 10/08/14 10:40am

CIA Analysis Of The War Of 1812 Finds Same Failures That Led To 9/11

This month is the 200th anniversary of the British capture of Washington, DC, and the torching of the White House. How did this disaster happen, despite ample warnings? A CIA analyst who pored through historical documents blames the same types of intelligence failures that preceded Pearl Harbor and September 11th. » 8/12/14 1:00pm 8/12/14 1:00pm

The CIA's Ridiculous Plan To Discredit Bin Laden With Action Figures

We've all heard about some of the CIA's crazy secret spy plots, like the poisonous cigar they tried to kill Fidel Castro with. But I always assumed that stuff was in the past, right? Wrong. Because the CIA once planned to make demonic Osama bin Laden action figures to turn kids against the Taliban. » 6/19/14 2:15pm 6/19/14 2:15pm

The Government's Secret Research into Climate Change as a Security Risk

Plenty of people still doubt that climate change is a real thing, or that it was engineered by humans and accelerating. But national security hawks agree with the scientific consensus that climate change is a real and growing problem. And they've done tons of research predicting the wars and disasters it could cause. » 1/31/14 11:23am 1/31/14 11:23am

It's true — CIA operatives are secretly running your life

Need another reason to feel paranoid? We're here for you. The person who blogs at the CIA website (yes there is apparently such a person) has just culled this tidbit from a 1944 manual called Simple Sabotage Field Manual. In one section we get some helpful tips for people who want to sabotage their evil government… » 11/09/12 5:12pm 11/09/12 5:12pm

Operation Northwoods, the 1960s government plan to fake terrorist…

At the core of the 9/11 Truther movement is the idea that the government staged the attacks to drum up support for a war. So much Truther evidence is laughable that it's easy to dismiss the idea, but there exists a chilling reminder that the U.S. military was once all-too-willing to deceive and attack its own citizens… » 9/09/11 1:00pm 9/09/11 1:00pm

Every crazy CIA plot you've heard of originated with one man

There are stories that have come to light, over the years, that make the Central Intelligence Agency look like a collection of Looney Tunes shorts. The violence, the slapstick, and the over-the-top ridiculousness of the experiments that have been conducted over the years boggle the mind. They came from the… » 9/08/11 1:03pm 9/08/11 1:03pm

Meet the CIA's robotic animal agents: Charlie the spy fish and the…

The CIA recently created accounts on Flickr and YouTube. Most of what's been uploaded is underwhelming and weirdly mundane — for example, you can learn about a satisfying career as a K-9 bomb-sniffing dog — but there are some oddly intriguing mechanical animals on display, namely the robo-fish Charlie and a "dragonfly… » 2/09/11 8:00am 2/09/11 8:00am