The life of a CIA agent is full of mysteries and interesting secrets. At the same time, many agents who have already retired are ready to talk about their experience in the department. Everyone knows that for such memoirs the publishing house are ready to pay about a million. Sometimes former employees themselves turn to publishers with a proposal to share their experience. Such publications are very popular among readers. Many of the documentaries are also based on these stories. Experience is the basis of the films shot. If the agent does not disclose the specifics of secret operations, then there is nothing special or illegal in this. But many CIA employees are skeptical about this experience. They believe that honor is higher than royalties and therefore condemn those who try to earn money on disclosing their secrets. But such memoirs are still practiced.
Getting Castro off his beard
At one time, amid active conflicts, the idea of the murder of Fidel Castro was advanced. At that time, the Cuban dictator posed a threat to the United States. If you look at this story now, you can see the comic situation. No real plan was considered. In fact, it was actively planned to simply discredit the leader among the residents of the state. One of the ideas was to deprive Castro of his beard. For this purpose, the forces of many scientists in the United States, who worked on the plan, were especially involved. To this end, it was planned to even pour a special mixture into Castro's shoes, because of which he had to get out his hair on his face. At the moment, the CIA workers prefer not to think about this situation at all. There is an important reason for this. It is difficult to imagine that such a department could seriously believe that the lack of a beard could undermine the leader's rating among his subordinates and admirers.
It is impossible to forget about the operation of MK-ULTRA, which has been actively used in the USA for more than 20 years. The project started more than 60 years ago. Its main task was to prove the possibility of influencing the human mind. The bottom line is to find the best methods for influencing people's behavior. In particular, not only technical ultrasound methods, but also various drugs that have psychotropic effects were used. Studies were conducted on young people in educational institutions. The main task of the CIA was not only to find methods to control the consciousness of people, but also to make the most of these skills for their own purposes. In fact, the impact on people's minds was really serious. This experiment is considered not just a negative experience in the work of the CIA, but frankly horrifying. For this reason, this fact is preferred not to be mentioned.
Surveillance of the election in France
It is often possible to hear information that Russian agents are trying to influence the course of elections in the United States. In fact, this practice is not uncommon in the world. In particular, the United States itself actively monitored the presidential elections in France in 2012. US representatives watched the candidates and the course of the pre-election race in order to predict the consequences of the elections for the state. A detailed report with the information received was provided by WikiLeaks. They made information available to a wide range of people. In fact, there is nothing illegal in the fact that the United States observed the election in France. This is not prohibited by international norms. The curious fact is that the US publicly criticizes Russia for similar actions regarding the pre-election race, but does not deny the same behavior. In fact, the situation developed in this way precisely because of the promulgation of WikiLeaks. Of course, the CIA did not want this fact to become known to everyone.
During the reign of Lyndon Johnson, his administration released a lot of data. In particular, it became known that the CIA has been actively monitoring residents of the country for a long time. Initially, a special agency was created in order to monitor the activities of other countries. But gradually the spheres of agents' influence expanded and they became actively interested in the lives of their citizens. It is for this reason that various groups of people began to undergo significant control by the state. Most of all, the activities of social groups and political activists were monitored. The main task was not only to prevent a threat to the security of the country, but also to exclude the influence of foreign states on the behavior of Americans. This behavior slightly undermined the authority of the CIA, somewhat changing the understanding of good and evil. The situation is aggravated by the fact that such a tendency is still observed.
Specially hired journalists to influence people's minds
For many years, the CIA has taken a number of additional levers of influence on society, which were considered socially necessary. For this reason, about 40 years ago, Operation Mockingbird began. The main goal was to involve journalists who were supposed to collect information, which was then presented to the public in a way that the CIA demanded. Journalists received a lot of money for their work. In fact, this is frank propaganda. For example, for many years people were inspired with all the horrors of communism, giving examples of this in the right form. In fact, journalists were also some kind of CIA agents. This phenomenon has long since passed, but still the CIA dreams that it is not remembered at all. Nevertheless, now the CIA also sometimes tries to cooperate with journalists. At the moment, journalists still prefer to provide truthful independent information.
Probably the most correct association with this term is armed gangs of terrorists, who is currently operating around the world. In 1978, Afghanistan had plans to actively implement the ideas of communism. After that, anti-communist uprisings began to grow in the country. Because of it, the Soviet Union began its struggle against the insurgents. The US also decided to intervene in the conflict. The CIA independently began to train the Mujahideen, finance them and train them. The main purpose of such actions was to overcome the spread of communist sentiments in the state. A few decades later, the trained militants transformed into al-Qaeda, which is currently actively terrorizing the world's population. Then it was difficult even to imagine such situation, but nevertheless the CIA voluntarily picked up such people, trained them and thereby provoked the development of terrorism.
Ways of combating terrorism in Somalia
Although Somalia is a clear example of lawlessness, but still in the Mogadishu CIA managed to create several counter-terrorism facilities. Legally, the government of the state fully controls and manages these projects. But in fact, the objects are under the close control of the CIA. They not only finance projects completely, but also manage them. Also, CIA agents conduct training for Somali residents in the fight against terrorism. Thus, the state learns to rebuff such groups of terrorists as Al Shabab and al-Qaeda. On the one hand, this can not be called a CIA error. But since there is a clear parallel with financing and the creation of Mujahideen, this fact agents prefer to hide this fact. The fact is that when preparing armed formations in such countries, the CIA should be more far-sighted in order to foresee the possible consequences of its actions. Such CIA actions can really help in the fight against terrorism, but at this stage it is difficult to foresee the final result.
The program "Acoustic Kitty" is one of the most ridiculous ideas of the CIA and at the same time a clear manifestation of communist hysteria during the all known "cold war". As it does not look funny, but the CIA spent millions on the preparation of special cats, which were to be introduced into the Soviet Union. There the animals were supposed to provide listening to the Communists. Before that, every animal had to undergo serious training, which would ensure its preparation for the task. The most ridiculous in this situation is that the CIA was confident in the ability to accurately predict animal behavior. For this, an implant was implanted under the skin. The technology itself was not completely stupid, but the complexity was primarily due to the inability to foresee the behavior of the animal. Probably for this reason the program did not bring any special results, that is why the CIA prefer not to recall this unsuccessful experience.
The mysterious theft of the Soviet satellite
This situation is more suitable for the plot of an adventurous action movie than for real life. It's hard to imagine that the CIA could really decide to do this. More than 50 years ago, the struggle for space between the United States and the Soviet Union was actively engaged. To emerge victorious from this difficult battle, the US decided to take extreme measures. When the CIA learned that the Soviet Union planned to transport its satellite, they decided on a complex adventure. The agents tracked down the satellite transporter, offered him a night's rest, and then they themselves stole the satellite when the driver slept. At the same time, the workers did a very difficult job. During one night they dismantled the satellite to details, photographed everything, and then collected again. Thus, the CIA received access to secret data, which they would not have got in the normal situation. The United States was lucky that the information was published many years later, when the struggle became not relevant.
Supply of anti-communist books to the Soviet Union
During the Cold War, the United States did everything in its power to defeat the Soviet Union in this struggle. And sometimes these methods became very strange. For example, if something was banned in the Soviet Union, then in the US it was necessary to make it popular immediately. In addition, the United States has been working hard to help it penetrate the Soviet Union. A clear example: in the Soviet Union was strictly forbidden the book "Doctor Zhivago", which was written by Boris Pasternak. After that, the CIA did everything possible to get a large batch of smuggled books, which were then forwarded to the Soviet Union. Exactly the same practice was noticed in relation to other books. The main task of such actions is the creation of an anti-communist mood in society. To undermine the authority of the Communists, the CIA even cooperated with the Vatican in some matters. The most amusing in this situation is that the CIA seriously believed that several thousand books could make trouble in a country where the population is millions of times larger.
Resignation of Edward Price
The first loud resignation in the CIA since the inauguration of Donald Trump. In fact, nothing special is that the CIA agent Edward Price decided to resign. Such a solution is not uncommon among the employees of the department. But this may seem only from one hand. In fact, the resignation provoked a serious response due to its reason, which was voiced by Edward Price. A man dreamed of working in the CIA since childhood, but at the moment he is forced to leave his favorite work because of the coming to the feast of Donald Trump. According to the agent, Trump's behavior became decisive on the alley of the stars dedicated to the memory of the dead soldiers. It looked like Trump could not understand where he was. He showed no interest in the stars at all and continued to talk only about himself and his political plans. This is really outrageous behavior. Therefore, the CIA can only hope that they will be able to avoid mass layoffs for the same reason.
Innocence of Saddam Hussein
To conduct interrogation of the leader of Iraq, an experienced CIA agent John Nixon was selected. Many years later, the agent wrote a book about his personal speculations and reflections on this matter. The agent all the time had feelings that in fact Saddam Hussein is absolutely not guilty of all that he is charged with. There was no evidence of his involvement in weapons and other crimes against peace. The agent came to the conclusion that the CIA all this time was simply misleaded, provided even a fake video with the treatment of Hussein. But these were far from the data, which was originally counted upon the arrest of the leader. That's why he had to hide all the details of the interrogation. The working version was already ready and it was forbidden to change it. This is the main problem - even after a complete failure, the US continues to insist on the renegotiation of the approved strategy.
Lack of security measures before September 11, 2001 Attacks
After the grand terrorist attacks in the United States that occurred on September 11, 2001, many people wondered how this could happen in a civilized country. The CIA was required to give immediate answers, which they could not provide. This is due to their basic mistakes, which can not be justified and explained. All the terrorists who were pilots came long before that to America with their personal passports and visas. The documents were not fake and so it was easy to get all the necessary information. If the solution to this issue were dealt with in a timely manner, then the victims would be avoided. In addition, the connection between these people and Osama bin-Laden and al-Qaeda was obvious. That is why one can only hope that the CIA has made appropriate conclusions from all this and the problem will not be repeated in the future.
So far, Zone 51 has been considered an object of conspiracy theory. This object is worthy of a place in science fiction. There are legends that a big ship with aliens crashed here. Now Zone 51 is considered to be the place of keeping an example of the mind of aliens. In this case, there are also opponents of the theory, who do not recognize the presence there of something supernatural. At the same time, there is something mysterious about this place. For many years he was not mentioned on the map at all and was not recognized as existing. When the CIA finally recognized its availability, it still received a minimum of information. The agents stated that this is a secret base on which secret equipment is being developed. No more specific data was provided, which continues to exacerbate rumors around this place. The main reason for the legends is that complete information has not yet been received.