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US Government Wants To Delete Years Of CIA And DHS Emails

On September 17, the National Archives published a seemingly routine announcement in the US Federal Registrar. Couched in language about preserving records of value is a line about the destruction of records and a list of federal agencies. The CIA is one of these agencies, and its emails about waterboarding could be some of those records.


The CIA Is Auctioning Its Creepy Osama Dolls

In one of its more bizarre PR ideas ever, the CIA toyed with using heat-sensitive Osama dolls that turned into demons to scare little kiddies away from joining al-Qaeda. Although someone in the chain of command saw sense and shut the project down, three prototypes were made, and they’re now being auctioned off.


Larry Ellison's Oracle Started As A CIA Project

Yesterday, Vox somehow managed to write an entire article about the history of Oracle and its founder Larry Ellison without mentioning the CIA even once. Which is pretty astounding, given the fact that Oracle takes its name from a 1977 CIA project codename. And that the CIA was Oracle’s first customer.


The NSA Made Its Own Google To Help Share Your Data With Cops

Well, here’s timely NSA revelation for you: The Intercept reports that the spy agency built a “Google-like” search engine for its seemingly bottomless cache of data on persons of interest. This tool allows the spy agency to share over 850 billion records with nearly two dozen US government organisations, including the FBI and the DEA.


CIA Admits It Snooped On US Senate Computers

The CIA just admitted that it “improperly penetrated” Senate Intelligence Committee computers, according to The New York Times. The CIA also apologised to senior committee members.


Everything We Know About The US Army's Uncanny Chatbots

Sgt. Star is the U.S. Army’s dedicated marketing and recruitment chatbot, and he isn’t going to turn whistleblower any time soon. There’s no use threatening him for answers either — he’s programmed to report that kind of hostility to the Army Criminal Investigation Division.


This Dog Poop Is Actually A Secret Rescue Beacon

Weird historical artifact of the day: This is not a dog excrement, it’s a T-1151 Dog Doo Transmitter from the collection of the National Museum of the US Air Force. It looks gross, but it was incredibly useful during the Vietnam War.


The CIA's Bizarre Art Collection Memorialises Its Greatest Hits

Great victories in intelligence are, by definition, usually destined to remain secret. But inside its headquarters in Virginia, the CIA keeps its own little oil-and-canvas shrine: 16 pieces of art commemorating important moments in intelligence history.


CIA Tries To Stop Russia Building Monitoring Stations In US

The CIA is quietly trying to stop Russia building a series of monitoring stations — devices that form part of Moscow’s version of the Global Positioning System — on US soil.


CIA Has Vast Database Of International Money Transfers

The Central Intelligence Agency has been busy aggregating a huge database of international money transfers, according to the Wall Street Journal — and it includes financial and personal data of millions of Americans.