Have you ever wanted to know the secrets of one of the most secretive agencies on the planet?
I think I speak for everyone when I say that, from a very young age, secrets are pretty thrilling. Whether you’re being told one, keeping, or yes, even telling it, secrets represent a bond between a small circle of people trusted with sensitive information. Whether dumb gossip or important news, secrets add a little spice to life.
And of course, secrets can cause plenty of problems.
Especially between a government and its citizens, secrets—while necessary for security—can cause major schisms between those willing to blindly trust their leaders and those who look at everything with a much more skeptical eye.
Ever wish you could just learn all the secrets your government is keeping from you? Well you can. Thanks to the CIA’s Executive Order 13526, the agency is forced to declassify “nonexempt historically valuable records” that are at least 25 years old. That means that decades of CIA documents, ranging from wild to mundane, are available for the public to see if the government no longer thinks they’re too important to keep classified.
Ever want to make your own invisible ink? You might have a hard time getting your hands on the proper chemicals, but thanks to the CIA, you have an official recipe!
Most of us have heard about the CIA’s notorious MK Ultra mind control experiments. Though they seem like a work of fiction, you can read all about them thanks to the declassified documents.
Self-proclaimed psychic Uri Geller has been in the entertainment committee for decades, but the CIA brought him in to try and verify if his capabilities were real or not back in the ’70s. If you read the full report, it’s straight out of the podcast Limetown (or vice versa).
Next up: I want to believe. See what the CIA had to say about UFOs across the years.