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The "Congolese SAM" and other lesser-known dangers of aerial reconnaissance

The “Congolese SAM” and other lesser-known dangers of aerial reconnaissance

The Central Intelligence Agency’s declassified archives include a formerly SECRET incident involving a spy plane and an unusual example of small arms fire: the “Congolese SAM,” also known as a spear.

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CIA internal history blamed interagency conflicts on the National Security Act being "purposefully vague"

CIA internal history blamed interagency conflicts on the National Security Act being “purposefully vague”

As part of MuckRock’s ongoing project to declassify and collect internal Central Intelligence Agency histories, the Agency recently released a copy of the history on coordination between inbetween intelligence agencies in the aftermath of World War II. The history outlines various “turf wars,” some which predate the Agency itself, which were the result of disagreements about what the law said and who had what responsibilities. According to the history, many of these disagreements and differing interpretations stemmed directly or indirectly from the language of the National Security Act of 1947, which both established and empowered the CIA, as being “purposefully vague.”

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