CIA

In 1983, the CIA distributed an update to its manual on torture. It is reprinted here in its (redacted) entirety.

The CIA's 1963 Torture Manual In Its Entirety, Part I

In 1963, the CIA distributed a novella-length manual on torture. It is reprinted here in its (redacted) entirety.

Jackson Pollock: More than Just a Tool, a CIA Tool

The Independent ran a story about fifteen years ago that I missed entirely (thank you for finally enlightening me with a link, LOML) about loathed abstract impressionist painter Jackson Pollock being a propaganda tool of the CIA. I finally found the reason for Pollock's inexplicable popularity; he was a tool of the CIA in it Cold War battle to prove to the Soviets that the U.S. wasn't a cultural wasteland composed of yokels who couldn't appreciate art.

I'm pretty sure I found the first use of "WTF" in an e-mail

I wonder if Marc Maron knows this. I wonder if anyone else knows this. It's entirely possible that I'm the only person on the entire planet who knows this. I'm pretty sure I discovered the first use of "wtf" in an e-mail. And it's actually mentioned in print form, deep in Robert Woodward's book, "Veil: The Secret Wars of the CIA, 1981 -1987." In it, Woodward chronicles the covert action waged by CIA director William Casey under the Reagan Administration against the governments of countries like Libya and the funneling hundreds of millions of dollars to arm the resistance against the Soviets by the Mujahideen (which later became the Taliban) in Afghanistan.

Man, that psychology tirade was heavy. How about something a bit lighter today, like a post on how the CIA dosed a village in France in 1951 which resulted in, among other things, an 11-year-old boy with a head full of acid trying to strangle his aged grandmother? Oh, CIA, how your shady past continues to enthrall us today and makes us wonder what horrific things you're up to currently in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and Alabama. Chuck and I recorded a podcast awhile back -- my favorite one of all time, in fact -- on how the CIA dosed unsuspecting Americans in the 1950s and 60s with LSD. While researching, I ran across the story of an American named Stanley Glickman who lived in his early 20s as an upcoming painter in Paris. He met up with a few fellow American expats in a cafe one night in 1952 and things began to get a bit strange, you could say. He grew inexplicably terrified, which kicked into overdrive when one of the shady characters, a man with a club foot, told him he could probably perform miracles if he tried.

Did the CIA test LSD on unsuspecting Americans?

As more and more time passes, the Freedom of Information Act provides increasingly disturbing stories of illegal CIA operations. Check out this HowStuffWorks podcast to learn more about MKULTRA and illegal CIA operations in the United States.