Category Archives: On This Day

On this Day — The Wall Street Bombing (September 16 1920) [2019]

“Almost in front of the steps leading up to the Morgan bank was the mutilated body of a man. Other bodies, most of them silent in death, lay nearby. As I gazed horror stricken at the site, one of these … Continue reading

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On This Day — Frederick Forsyth : “I worked for MI6 for More Than 20 Years.” (August 30 2015) [2019]

It is 55, 60 years later. There have been memoirs written, highly secret minutes have been published. There’s no East Germany, no Stasi, no KGB, no Soviet Union, so where’s the harm?” Frederick Forsyth — August 2015 “A journalist should … Continue reading

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On This Day — West German Spy Chief Defects to East (August 23 1985) [2019]

“Naturally I am a traitor, I cannot deny that.” Hans Joachim Tiedge August 23 2019 — The West German spy chief’s defection was made public by the East German authorities on August 23 1985. Follow us on Twitter; @INTEL_TODAY

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On This Day — Remembering Navy Cryptanalyst Agnes Meyer Driscoll (July 24, 1889 – September 16, 1971) [2019]

“Once the pursuit of truth begins to haunt the mind, it becomes an ideal never wholly attained.” “We can never achieve absolute truth but we can live hopefully by a system of calculated probabilities.” Agnes Meyer Driscoll “In her thirty-year … Continue reading

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On This Day — The Dugway Sheep Incident (March 13 1968)

“There had been three open-air nerve agent events on March 13 (1968), one of which was a test involving an F-4 fighter airplane operating two TMU-28B spray tanks, each holding 160 gallons of VX—a persistent nerve agent.” Al Mauroni  — … Continue reading

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On This Day — Operation Flavius (Death on the Rock) [March 6 1988]

“For the government to claim the right to kill British people, based on highly unreliable secret intelligence and a secret declaration of legality, is so shocking I find it difficult to believe it is happening even as I type the … Continue reading

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On This Day — President Truman Creates the Central Intelligence Group (January 22, 1946)

“At lunch today in the White House, with only members of the Staff present, Rear Admiral Sidney Souers and I were presented [by President Truman] with black cloaks, black hats, and wooden daggers, and the President read an amusing directive … Continue reading

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On This Day — U.S. Admits CIA Payments to Noriega (January 19 1991)

“US officials in Central America failed to address this drug issue for fear of jeopardising the war efforts against Nicaragua… and senior US policymakers were not immune to the idea that drug money was a perfect solution to the Contras’ … Continue reading

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One Year Ago — Gordon Brown : “UK Misled Over Iraqi WMDs”

“Given that Iraq had no usable chemical, biological or nuclear weapons that it could deploy and was not about to attack the coalition, then two tests of a just war were not met: war could not be justified.” Gordon Brown … Continue reading

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On This Day — The Beirut Barracks Bombings (October 23, 1983)

“Though he never said so explicitly, he [President Ronald Reagan] ended America’s military commitment to a strategic mistake that was peripheral to America’s interests. Three-and-a-half months after the bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut that killed 241 U.S. military … Continue reading

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