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cia

The CIA’s Aborted Investment in an 'Electronic Shark Repeller'

The agency saw the need for about 30 of them.
May 12, 2017
Gastro Obscura
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cia

In the 1960s, the CIA Fired Some Employees Over a Cafeteria Fight

The fight might not have been the only one.
April 19, 2017
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comedy

When the FBI Was Asked to Investigate Groucho Marx Over a (Silly) Joke

"Please, Mr. Hoover."
April 14, 2017
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cia

How the CIA's Psychics Described Albert Einstein

"He looked like a hippie."
April 05, 2017
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cia

The Complications of Joining an Office Bowling League at the CIA

Lots of security briefings.
March 30, 2017
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muckrock

When Ronald Reagan Told a Joke About Irish Spies

“It’s one of the few stories I can tell now since ethnic jokes are a no-no."
March 22, 2017
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assassination

How the FBI Thwarted a Non-Existent Plot to Assassinate Margaret Thatcher

"This will even the score."
March 01, 2017
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moon

The Bizarre Case of NASA's 'Stolen' Moon Rocks

Back in 2014, the agency got a tip.
February 08, 2017
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fbi

The 1977 Report Detailing FBI Misconduct While Surveilling Martin Luther King Jr.

A review of the Bureau’s assassination investigation uncovered the extent of an illegal counterintelligence program.
January 18, 2017
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muckrock

The Complaints the FCC Got Over This Year's World Series Coverage

Not everyone was a fan.
January 11, 2017
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cia

The FOIA Request That the CIA Didn't Touch for Six Years

Get it together, CIA.
December 28, 2016
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muckrock

When a Physicist Asked the FBI to Stop Calling Because He Helped Make the Atomic Bomb

Richard Feynman was upset.
December 14, 2016
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fbi

When the Government Tried to Bust Abbie Hoffman For Publishing Its Own Public Records

The year was 1969.
November 30, 2016
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fbi

Records Reveal the FBI's 7 Types of Protesters

Are you a "yielder" or "psychopathic?"
November 25, 2016
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fbi

When J. Edgar Hoover Told Some Cringeworthy Jokes Just Before He Died

It was during a rare public appearance.
November 16, 2016
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The FBI’s 2-Year Investigation Into a Fictional Anti-Goth Cult

It took awhile, but they finally got that it was a parody.
November 02, 2016
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brain collections

The Inept Story Behind 100 Missing Brains at the University of Texas

Were they ever missing at all?
October 26, 2016
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fbi

The Records the FBI Might Never Be Able to Find

The bureau's history isn't very well-organized.
October 21, 2016
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muckrock

The Complaints the FCC Got After Castration Was Brought Up on Fox News

It's been a long year.
October 12, 2016
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pokemon

The Complaints the FTC Received Over Pokémon Go

Will someone please think of the children?
September 28, 2016
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muckrock

The NSA Has Files on a Country That Doesn’t Exist

The Intellipedia entry on micronation “the Conch Republic” has been viewed more times than “Scientology” or “Montana."
September 16, 2016
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fbi

How the FBI Tied Tupac's Death to Eazy-E, Death Row Records, and the Jewish Defense League

He was gunned down on September 7, 1996 in Las Vegas.
September 08, 2016
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fbi

Ayn Rand’s One-Sided Love Affair With the FBI

Hoover shrugged.
August 03, 2016
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police

From Frogs to Immigration, How the Secret Service Kept Tabs on Peaceful Protests

In 2011, no protest was too small.
July 27, 2016