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Going Back In Time With The CIA

The CIA posted almost 12 million declassified online for the first time this past January. Since Glenn Greenwald wasn't around to show me what to read first, I started with reading Presidential Daily Briefs dated September 24 (my birthday). The first one I read was from 1965.

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1. India and Pakistan were in the midst of a fragile cease-fire.

Nothing has changed.
Via herald.dawn.com

Nothing has changed.

2. Communist China was asking for India to return "kidnapped" Chinese nationals and animals.

Which animals were kidnapped? The report doesn't explain. The animals still haven't been returned.
Via chineseposters.net

Which animals were kidnapped? The report doesn't explain. The animals still haven't been returned.

3. Learned nothing about North Vietnam.

The information was blacked out.
Via engadget.com

The information was blacked out.

4. An outpost in South Vietnam was attacked by the Viet Cong.

The South Vietnam soldiers were victorious for that brief moment in time.
Via theatlantic.com

The South Vietnam soldiers were victorious for that brief moment in time.

5. Panama's President talked about a new canal treaty.

Another treaty that America ended up probably strong-arming.
Via pinterest.com

Another treaty that America ended up probably strong-arming.

6. The ex-President of the Dominican Republic was planning to return to his country.

Ex-President Juan Bosch was living in Puerto Rico at the time because he had been overthrown by his country's military in 1963. He was sipping a ton of mojitos to get over that.
Via emaze.com

Ex-President Juan Bosch was living in Puerto Rico at the time because he had been overthrown by his country's military in 1963. He was sipping a ton of mojitos to get over that.

7. Bolivian college students held a peaceful anti-government, pro-tin miners demonstration.

They are still there.
Via cusointernational.org

They are still there.

8. Zimbabwe used to be an unrecognized state called Rhodesia.

It was named after Cecil Rhodes. Apparently the people in charge weren't Rhodes Scholars.
Stephen Luscombe / Via britishempire.co.uk

It was named after Cecil Rhodes. Apparently the people in charge weren't Rhodes Scholars.

9. The Shah of Iran purchased a steel mill complex from the Soviets.

It was the biggest project undertaken by the Soviets in Iran since the "Persian Corridor."
Via forum.paradoxplaza.com

It was the biggest project undertaken by the Soviets in Iran since the "Persian Corridor."

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