This shadowy group conducts many missions around the world, and some of those operations leave the U.S. with a bruised reputation. How much do you know about CIA scandals?
The program was shut down in the wake of the Watergate scandal; the operation was in many ways very, very illegal.
The CIA orchestrated a coup in Iran to help England and the U.S. keep power over Middle Eastern oil fields.
They gave cash to mobsters and set them loose on the streets; hundreds of people died but the plan worked
The 1954 coup unseated the democratically-elected leader, who had been implementing policies that the CIA considered Communist in origin.
Countries from around the world, including Latin American, viewed the CIA's actions as unconscionable.
A series of authoritarian leaders tortured and repressed their people and killed democracy for good
It was started in the 1950s and involved dozens of organizations; some subjects were given drugs like LSD and then tortured.
Many experts suspect that the CIA is continuing to operate similar mind control programs without public knowledge.
While other countries were hunting the Nazis, the CIA whitewashed their records and gave them jobs.
President Kennedy actually approved the plan, which flopped and spiraled into the terrifying Cuban Missile Crisis.
Much of the failed plan relied heavily on wishful thinking within the CIA and the administration.
In a classic move, the CIA destroyed many of the project's records, making it impossible to know exactly how many people were hurt by the mind control experiments.
North became famous for all of the wrong reasons; the Iran-Contra affair became headline news for years and negatively affected Ronald Reagan's presidency.
It was a messy ordeal that involved a lot of other people inside and outside of the CIA.
There's reason to believe that he may have notified top U.S. officials regarding the affair, and nobody wanted that information to go public.
There were definite CIA ties to this Nixon-era scandal, but proof has been hard to find.
CIA agents worked with U.S. (and later foreign) journalists to shape their views of the CIA and U.S. policies.
Some reporters were wise to the plot; others had no idea that they were being manipulated.
They considered buying every book but the publishing company indicated it would simply print more.
The committee led to some reforms meant to rein in the CIA's illegal spying.
After more than two decades, the CIA admitted that it took part in the proxy war in Laos; it happened during the Vietnam War era.
The Laotian military needed money to fund its fight, and the CIA may have hand a hand in the smuggling.
The CIA may have known that Contra rebels were selling their product to fund their fight in Nicaragua.
He was run out of the business and couldn't find a job anywhere; he was found with not one, but two bullet wounds.
Aristide may have been elected by the people, but thanks in part to the CIA, he only lasted about eight months in office.
The CIA knew about the horrific plans but didn't take action to stop Hussein.
The illegal domestic spying began in the 1950s and continued for decades before being revealed.
The CIA supplied poison pills but the plot was unsuccessful.
The U.S. helped suppress the rebels, but many people suffered as a result.
Cuba was forced to killed many thousands of pigs in order to contain the outbreak.