Five of the strangest moments from the National Archives’ cartoon collection

Amid the literally hundred of government films preserved by the US National Archives are several cartoons. Some are good, some are bad, and a select few defy all rational explanation. Here are our favorite clips from that last category.

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Thanks to the CIA, you can read the report the CIA doesn’t want you to read

On February 16, 1976, the Village Voice went to press with an emblazoned “The Report on the CIA That President Ford Doesn’t Want You to Read.” Inside was a leaked copy on the findings of the Pike Committee, a lesser-known (and arguably more damning) companion to the Church Committee - and thanks to the Agency’s obsessive scrapbooking, you can read the full issue scanned into their declassified archives.

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Before NSA’s slides were made with PowerPoint, they looked like this …

Included in the release of the NSA’s psychic research program is a document labeled “Chart Depicting Interaction/Dependencies Acting on Parapsychology.” The hand-drawn chart is the only thing in the document, and it looks awfully familiar …

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Even amid emerging white supremacist threat, Homeland Security is still caught up on leftist groups

With the resurgence of the American left, we wanted to see whether or not any agencies were tracking the 2017 May Day demonstrations. Documents we received from the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis show that Antifa was specifically targeted and that DHS was sourcing its intelligence from a white supremacist website called “Occidental Dissent.”

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The CryptoKids (still) aren’t alright

Three years after initial request, the NSA finally hands over records related to its youth outreach program - just not the ones I asked for.

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