There is a Starbucks where they don’t write your name on your cup: the one at the CIA’s headquarters. Baristas are escorted to and from work, and the receipts identify the establishment as simply “Store Number 1.”
CIA created a gun that could shoot darts that caused heart attack. Upon penetration of skin the dart left just a tiny red dot. The poison itself worked rapidly and denatured quickly afterwards. It was revealed in 1975 in a Congressional testimony.
After most of the men of fighting age were killed, the CIA used child soldiers in a secret war in Laos.
In the ’60s, the C.I.A. paid Vietnamese spies with merchandise from mail-order Sears catalogs, since they had little use for paper money
In a secret 1960 operation, the CIA stole the Russian satellite Lunik overnight completely disassembling, examining, and reassembling it within 12 hours, and returned it in the morning without the Russians knowing – possibly changing the outcome of the space race.
During the Cold War the CIA spent $3.8B to construct a ship with a 16,000ft underwater claw arm in order to retrieve a sunken Soviet nuclear submarine.
During the CIA’s experiments in brainwashing/mind control, a mental health patient was subjected to a 174 day acid trip.
Patrice Lumumba, the first democratically elected PM of Congo and a pan-Africanist, lasted only 81 days before being killed by the Belgians and the CIA.
The CIA hired a magician to train agents in sleight of hand techniques for use in their mickey-slipping LSD experiments.
The CIA secretly pumped funds into abstract-expressionists, such as Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko, in an attempt to make popular American freedom and expression art in contrast to rigid Soviet art. As a testament to how insanely effective this was, only just a couple weeks ago Russia’s deputy prime minister laughed US sanctions off, saying he only appreciated 3 things about the US: Tupac, Ginsberg, Pollock.