Category Archives: This Day in History

On This Day — Stanislav Petrov Saves the World from Nuclear War (September 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 September 26 1983 — just three weeks after the Soviet military … Continue reading

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On This Day — US 1918 Sedition Act Repealed (March 3 1921)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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On This Day — “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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On This Day — 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 counter-espionage and the law, and then prosecution and capital punishment.” Former CIA Aldrich Hazen … Continue reading

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This Day In History — US 1918 Sedition Act Repealed (March 3 1921)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