CIA

F-14 over Libya.

January 5, 1989 – The Skies Over Libya – Protests At The Security Council – The Failing Health Of An Emperor.

January 5, 1989 – News of Libyan protests and emergency sessions at the UN Security council this day. The protests were over the shooting down of two Libya MiG-23’s by two U.S. airforce F-14 tomcats over the Mediterranean in what was disputed airspace. Libya claimed it was within territorial waters,...

Crisis: 1958 VP Nixon In South America

December 29, 1958 – Years Of Crisis – 1958 – Recapping A Year In The Life.

Since we’re rapidly (and thankfully) approaching the end of 2020, the somewhat pained looks back at the year start now. But rather than mull over 2020 here (since everyone else will do a better job anyway), today we’re going to start with the goings-on that shaped 1958. Oddly, a  year...

October 27, 1963 – Shapes Of Things: The View From Bonn – The Streets Of Saigon – A Scene In Dallas.

October 27th signaled the end of an ominous week in 1963. Vietnam was frequently taking center stage, more so this week than most others so far. The government of Ngo Dinh Diem was cracking down on protests, which had taken a sudden and horrific turn in the form of self-immolation...

U.S. Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge with General Khan

February 20, 1965 – Vietnam: Attempted Overthrow – Days Of Intrigue.

We gotta ask: Become a Patron! One of those days full of intrigues from Southeast Asia. In this case, an attempted coup on the part of troops loyal to former Premier Diem (who was assassinated and overthrown with a little CIA help), against troops loyal to Military strongman and Vietnamese...

February 7, 1964 – The State Department Holds A Press Conference: The Subject Is Gitmo

On a day where crises were popping up seemingly everywhere, the focus on this February 7th in 1964 was the flare-up of bad relations with Cuba and threats by the Castro regime against our military base at Guantanamo. The flap began over the seizing of four Cuban fishing trawlers off...

April 10, 1994 – A Rwanda Kind Of Hell – President Clinton And The Case For Improved Healthcare – AIDS in France.

April 10, 1994 – ABC World News This Week – ABC Hourly News – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – April 10, 1994 – A week of sharp contrasts. In Rwanda, news reports of mass killings between ethnic groups; the Hutus and Tutsis – and the scenes of unconscionable atrocities raging...

April 9, 2001 – The Hainan Kerfuffle: “Diplomacy Takes Time” – When Your Dodge Ram Becomes Your Dodge Lamb.

April 9, 2001 – The CBS World News Roundup – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – April 9, 2001 – The Hainan incident and diplomacy in overdrive. Relations between the U.S. and China were strained to the breaking point over an incident which took place only days earlier. The Hainan Island...

Valerie Plame

Pulling Covers – Exposing Secrets – The Valerie Plame Affair – 2007 – Past Daily Reference Room

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee – Valerie Plame Testimony – March 16, 2007 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – With all the news in recent days over the pardon of former vice-president Dick Cheney’s Chief of Staff, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby and his alleged campaign of “outing” former CIA...