Sunday, August 22, 2010

The World's Greatest Spy Capers

The World's Greatest Spy Capers - Newsweek
Still, it got NEWSWEEK all nostalgic for the glory days of the CIA and KGB, when every covert rendezvous in a faraway capital might be blown up by an exploding cigar. Even then, some of the cleverest, sneakiest, and strangest operations were undone—by small mistakes, good counterintelligence, or dumb luck. To put the current caper in context, here are some of our favorite real-life episodes of espionage (the ones we know about, anyway).

OK, so here we have:
- U.S. spying on U.N. ambassadors
- U.S. starts coup in Iran in 1952
- false-flag operation by Israel firebombing civilians to try and make it look like it was a terrorist group
- A CIA-supported coup of democratically-elected Congo prime minister
- U.S.-supported killing of Moroccan dissident
- Eight assassination attempts on Castro by CIA

So, why is it so hard for Americans to filter today's news through a skeptical filter? This stuff happens. It only seems reasonable to second-guess certain political game-changing events. But, when I do it, I'm called a conspiracy theorist. I don't think everything that happens is a CIA plot, but taking all news stories at face value seems even more foolish to me.

No comments: