25 CIA Blunders They Would Rather You Forget

Although most conspiracy theories don’t hold water, you don’t have to go around looking for conspiracy theories to see that governments mess up just as much as anybody. With a history of supporting dictators, performing dubious experiments, and just generally being shady it’s no surprise that the CIA gets a lot of negative press. But hey, what do you expect? Being shady is part of the job. These are 25 secrets and blunders of the CIA that they would rather you forget about.

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During Operation Mongoose the CIA considered placing thallium salts in Fidel Castro's shoes so that his beard would fall out

CIA blundersSoure: wikipedia

In the 1950s the CIA assisted with a plot to assassinate Iraqi prime minister Abd al-Karim Qasim. Guess who did the shooting? Saddam Hussein.

CIA blundersSource: wikipedia

The CIA released a parody of Tom Clancy's The Hunt For Red October

CIA blundersSource: gawker.com

The CIA recruited Nazi scientists, some of who had been convicted at the Nuremberg war trials, to work for them following World War II. Their experience with mind control was then used on the CIA's own program called MKUltra

CIA blundersSource: wikipedia

During the 60s the CIA performed a study on college students that subjected them to "humiliating psychological experiments". One of the subjects was future unabomber Ted Kaczynski.

CIA blundersSource: theatlantic.com

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