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Release Of U.S. Historical Documents Delayed Due To Iran Nuke Talks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

What Was Fact And What Was Fiction In Argo? The CIA Weighs In

Ben Affleck's 2012 film Argo was based on a real CIA mission to rescue six US diplomats from Tehran during the Iran hostage crisis, but some events were changed for the sake of narrative and drama. In a series of tweets, the CIA offers its own account of what's fact and what's movie fiction. » 11/11/14 9:40am 11/11/14 9:40am

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 A CIA analyst who pored through historical documents blames the same types of intelligence failures that preceded Pearl Harbor and September 11th.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

That Time The CIA And Howard Hughes Tried To Steal A Soviet Submarine

Recently declassified documents reveal new details about Project AZORIAN: a brazen, $800-million CIA initiative to covertly salvage a Soviet nuclear submarine in plain sight of the entire world. » 4/10/14 9:20am 4/10/14 9:20am

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

Senior U.S. spies warn of future security threats

A senior American spy chief has released his assessment of the most troubling threats facing the US — a list that includes terrorism, hackers, WMD proliferation, pandemics, extreme weather events — and the militarization of space. » 1/30/14 4:00pm 1/30/14 4:00pm

The inept mind-control experiment that led to 20 years of CIA funding

Ewen Cameron was the doctor in charge of the infamous CIA mind-control project MKULTRA, which drugged and tortured unwitting subjects. How does a guy get a job dosing people with LSD for a CIA brainwashing experiment? Turns out it's a pretty weird story. » 12/04/13 6:40am 12/04/13 6:40am

The KGB conspiracy that attributed AIDS to the CIA

The Cold War contained a lot of ignominious events for all how participated in it. One of them lingers in conspiracy theories to this day. There was a conspiracy involved — just not the ones the theorist generally believe in. » 10/25/13 10:20am 10/25/13 10:20am

A world map of average life expectancy by country. How does your nation…

Here now to provide a some perspective on the matter of mortality is a variegated patchwork comprising 188 of the world's countries, with each nation color-coded in accordance with the average life expectancy of its citizens. » 11/28/12 2:46pm 11/28/12 2:46pm

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 spy cat

Acoustic Kitty may well have been the first genuine spy animal ever created. In the past, pigeons were trained to send messages, and sometimes to survey enemy positions from the air, but Acoustic Kitty was different. » 8/22/11 7:00am 8/22/11 7:00am

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

Viagra Is the Latest Bioweapon in the CIA's Arsenal

Today CIA officials have admitted that one way they secure loyalty in hard-to-penetrate regions like rural Afghanistan is to bribe people with Viagra. Covert operators have often used trinkets and sex as a way to loosen the tongues of possible informants, but Viagra is a new twist. Not surprisingly it works… » 12/26/08 4:44pm 12/26/08 4:44pm

Declassified Government Documents Reveal the Truth About UFOs

As any viewer of Fringe » 10/14/08 8:40am 10/14/08 8:40am or will tell you, the governments of the world know more about UFOs and alien life than they’re letting on. The party line may be that UFO sightings are mere misunderstandings and close encounters a fantasy, but not every government official agrees. We’ve rifled through tons of declassified…