CIA made officers spend Valentine's Day at a staff retreat

CIA made officers spend Valentine’s Day at a staff retreat

In lieu of an evening with loved ones, spies were treated to happy hour and a movie screening

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Edited by Michael Morisy

In the early ’70s, in the wake of ongoing controversy in Vietnam and increased public scrutiny, the CIA found itself facing a morale crisis. And as records released through CREST reveal, the Agency turned to a solution that should be familiar to anybody who’s worked in an office environment: a mandatory corporate retreat.

Phase II of the “Midcareer Course” took place from February 4th to 21st, which means it took Agency officials away from loved ones on a very special date: Valentine’s Day.

Perhaps understanding that this might be a bit counterproductive towards the goal of improving morale, the Agency did offer a non-mandatory movie screening …

and a “free evening,” which was clearly Agency code for getting crunk.

The full “midcareer course” listing is embedded below.

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