Category Archives: This Day in History

On This Day — Stanislav Petrov Saves the World from Nuclear War (Sept. 26 1983)

“The siren howled. But I just sat there for a few seconds, staring at the big, back-lit, red screen with the word ‘launch’ on it.” Colonel Stanislav Petrov On 26 September 1983, just three weeks after the Soviet military had … Continue reading

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This Day In History — US 1918 Sedition Act Repealed (March 3 1921)

“In addition to conventional spying, however, the Espionage Act has also been used to prosecute those who delivered confidential governmental information not to foreign governments, but to the press. Whistleblowers charged with violating the Espionage Act include Pentagon Papers leaker … Continue reading

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This Day In History — “Horrifying and Unnecessary” (New York Time Editorial – March 2 2008)

“Some may argue that we would be more effective if we sanctioned torture or other expedient methods to obtain information from the enemy. They would be wrong. Beyond the basic fact that such actions are illegal, history shows that they … Continue reading

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This Day in History — CIA Directorate of Plans Renamed Directorate of Operations (March 1 1973)

“It had all the earmarks of a CIA operation; the bomb killed everybody in the room except the intended target!” William F. Buckley, Jr. “When the U.S. military accidentally bombed the location of Hamid Karzai in December 2001, it was … Continue reading

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This Day in History — CIA Aldrich Ames Arrested by FBI in Arlington, Virginia (February 21, 1994)

“I knew quite well, when I gave the names of our agents in the Soviet Union, that I was exposing them to the full machinery of counterespionage and the law, and then prosecution and capital punishment.” Former CIA Aldrich Hazen … Continue reading

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THIS DAY IN HISTORY — Stanislav Petrov Saved the World from Nuclear War

“The siren howled. But I just sat there for a few seconds, staring at the big, back-lit, red screen with the word ‘launch’ on it.” Colonel Stanislav Petrov On 26 September 1983, just three weeks after the Soviet military had … Continue reading

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This Day in History — March 6 1988: Operation Flavius

“Operation Flavius — also referred to as the ‘Gibraltar killings’ — was a controversial military operation in which three members of the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) were shot dead by the British Special Air Service (SAS) in Gibraltar on 6 … Continue reading

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This Day in History: March 3

March 3, 1918:  The most controversial sections of the US Espionage Act — a set of amendments commonly called the Sedition Act of 1918 — are repealed. But the original  Act is left intact. Here are some ‘Intelligence-related’ events that occurred on … Continue reading

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This Day in History: March 2

“Some may argue that we would be more effective if we sanctioned torture or other expedient methods to obtain information from the enemy. They would be wrong. Beyond the basic fact that such actions are illegal, history shows that they … Continue reading

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This Day in History: March 1

March 1, 1973: The CIA Directorate of Plans — created on August 1 1952 — is renamed the Directorate of Operations (DO). Here are some ‘Intelligence-related’ events that occurred on a March 1. Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today

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