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CIA employees called for "abolishing FOIA" as one of Agency's goals for 1984

CIA employees called for “abolishing FOIA” as one of Agency’s goals for 1984

In early 1984, then-Director of the Central Intelligence Agency William Casey kicked off the “Pursuit of Excellence” campaign, which encouraged Agency employees to be the best at what they do. But before they could do that, they first had to figure out what, exactly, the CIA should be doing - prompting a frank discussion about the Agency’s goals and an even franker admission that eliminating FOIA should be on the agenda.

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The CIA’s dank Soviet meme stash

The CIA’s dank Soviet meme stash

For as long as it’s existed, the Central Intelligence Agency has used Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) in its hunt for information that could serve as fuel for its analysis. This often meant simply reading major foreign newspapers, and monitoring for trends. When it came to understanding foreign cultural movements, CIA took it a step further - they studied the political cartoons of foreign countries. Cartoons that were essentially memes.

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Heavily redacted FBI files document Bureau's investigations into the African National Congress

Heavily redacted FBI files document Bureau’s investigations into the African National Congress

A heavily redacted file Federal Bureau of Investigation file documents the Bureau’s lingering suspicion, if not outright hostility, towards the African National Congress, including concerns of communist ties and terrorism.

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See the '80s through the eyes of CIA’s Printing and Photography Division

See the ‘80s through the eyes of CIA’s Printing and Photography Division

Back in the dot printer Eighties, the Central Intelligence Agency was constantly negotiating decisions around computer purchases and evolving equipment, an experience with which many Americans are now familiar. Take a dive into their weekly complaints about copy costs, tech upgrades, and of course, their budget.

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