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Family Jewels (Central Intelligence Agency)
by Acidus at 2:17 am EST, Jan 5, 2009

On May 9, 1973, Schlesinger signed a directive commanding senior officers to compile a report of current or past CIA actions that may have fallen outside the agency's charter. The resulting report, which was in the form of a 693-page loose-leaf book of memos, was passed on to William Colby when he succeeded Schlesinger as Director of Central Intelligence in late 1973.

hmmm, that sounds cool.

The reports describe numerous activities conducted by the CIA during the 1950s to 1970s that violated its charter. According to a briefing provided by CIA Director William Colby to the Justice Department on December 31, 1974, these included 18 issues which were of legal concern:

And then, like a surprise chocolate center, amongst admissions of assassination attempts, overthrowing governments, and giving unsuspecting people LSD, we have this gem:

18: Testing of electronic equipment on U.S. telephone circuits.

Nice to know that even the CIA goes boxing. ;-)

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