Test Your Knowledge: CIA Scandals Quiz

Test Your Knowledge: CIA Scandals Quiz
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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?
Which American president authorized the CIA's Operation CHAOS, which spied on anti-war citizens?
Nixon
Johnson
The program was shut down in the wake of the Watergate scandal; the operation was in many ways very, very illegal.
Kennedy

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In 1953, the CIA's Operation Ajax was ultimately all about what?
military power
oil
The CIA orchestrated a coup in Iran to help England and the U.S. keep power over Middle Eastern oil fields.
the presidential election

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How did the CIA use force to push Iranian leaders out of power during the 1953 coup?
They started riots.
They gave cash to mobsters and set them loose on the streets; hundreds of people died but the plan worked
They assassinated several leaders.
They paid off everyone.

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PBSUCCESS was a CIA-led coup against the leader of which country?
Panama
Guatemala
The 1954 coup unseated the democratically-elected leader, who had been implementing policies that the CIA considered Communist in origin.
Mexico

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How did other Latin American counties perceive the Guatemalan coup?
They criticized it.
Countries from around the world, including Latin American, viewed the CIA's actions as unconscionable.
They praised it.
They were too poor to care.

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How was the quality of life in Guatemala affected by the coup?
it hardly changed
it plunged
A series of authoritarian leaders tortured and repressed their people and killed democracy for good
it actually got better

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What was the name of the CIA project meant to refine and perfect interrogation and torture techniques?
Project Loose Ends
Project Fingernail
Project MKUltra
It was started in the 1950s and involved dozens of organizations; some subjects were given drugs like LSD and then tortured.

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In what year were documents regarding Project MKUltra finally made public, creating massive outcry?
1977
Many experts suspect that the CIA is continuing to operate similar mind control programs without public knowledge.
1991
1998

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What was the name of the operation that sneaked Nazi scientists into the U.S. after WWII?
Operation Paperclip
While other countries were hunting the Nazis, the CIA whitewashed their records and gave them jobs.
Operation Stapler
Operation Pencil

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The 1961 CIA-backed Bay of Pigs invasion was designed to overthrow which world leader?
Mao Zedong
Joseph Stalin
Fidel Castro
President Kennedy actually approved the plan, which flopped and spiraled into the terrifying Cuban Missile Crisis.

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What did President Kennedy say about the failed Bay of Pigs invasion?
"colossal mistake"
Much of the failed plan relied heavily on wishful thinking within the CIA and the administration.
"dumbest idea ever"
"we should have used nukes"

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What happened to the CIA's records of Project MKUltra?
It gave them to reporters.
It destroyed them.
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.
It shipped them out of the country.

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Lt. Colonel Oliver North was fired for funneling funds to rebels in which county?
Nicaragua
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.
Iran
Nigeria

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What role did the CIA play in the Iran-Contra Affair?
escorted weapons to Iran
killed people who got in the way
helped transfer funds
It was a messy ordeal that involved a lot of other people inside and outside of the CIA.

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How did an Israeli adviser named Amiram Nir die during the Iran-Contra Affair?
strange plane crash
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.
suspicious car wreck
poisoned

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The CIA had a role in the Watergate scandal.
true
false
no one knows
There were definite CIA ties to this Nixon-era scandal, but proof has been hard to find.

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Operation Mockingbird was created to do what?
control the media
CIA agents worked with U.S. (and later foreign) journalists to shape their views of the CIA and U.S. policies.
assassinate a political leader
discover secret nuclear launch codes

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How did CIA agents influence journalists during Operation Mockingbird?
They paid them off.
They threatened them.
They gave CIA reports to them.
Some reporters were wise to the plot; others had no idea that they were being manipulated.

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When a book was written to reveal secrets about Operation Mockingbird, how did the CIA plan to stop it?
They bought every copy of the book.
They pretended it wasn't true.
They couldn't do anything.
They considered buying every book but the publishing company indicated it would simply print more.

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1975's Church Committee was formed to investigate which CIA wrongdoing?
domestic spying
The committee led to some reforms meant to rein in the CIA's illegal spying.
illegal assassinations
arms dealing

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In which country did the CIA's so-called "Secret War" take place?
Soviet Union
Afghanistan
Laos
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.

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The CIA may have been complicit in smuggling what product during the Secret War in Laos?
opium
The Laotian military needed money to fund its fight, and the CIA may have hand a hand in the smuggling.
guns
textiles

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In 1996, a journalist reported that the CIA allowed what to happen in South Los Angeles?
rampant human trafficking
sales of crack cocaine
The CIA may have known that Contra rebels were selling their product to fund their fight in Nicaragua.
sales of assault weapons

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What happened to the journalist who wrote about the CIA's role in cocaine sales in poor Los Angeles neighborhoods?
He committed suicide.
He was run out of the business and couldn't find a job anywhere; he was found with not one, but two bullet wounds.
He moved to Israel.
He was murdered.

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In the early 1990s, the CIA supported a criminal gang in which country in order topple a democratically-elected leader?
Chile
Costa Rica
Haiti
Aristide may have been elected by the people, but thanks in part to the CIA, he only lasted about eight months in office.

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What did the CIA do when Saddam Hussein began planning chemical attacks during the Iran-Iraq War?
nothing
The CIA knew about the horrific plans but didn't take action to stop Hussein.
They gave him more chemical weapons.
They sent in troops to control the backlash.

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To what issue did the CIA's "Family Jewels" report pertain?
domestic surveillance
The illegal domestic spying began in the 1950s and continued for decades before being revealed.
illegal arms sales
kidnapping of citizens

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The "Family Jewels" reports also showed that the CIA recruited mafia members to kill which world leader?
Nikita Krushchev
Fidel Castro
The CIA supplied poison pills but the plot was unsuccessful.
Mao Zedong

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How many people died at the hands of CIA-backed government forces in El Salvador in the 1980s?
about 70,000
The U.S. helped suppress the rebels, but many people suffered as a result.
about 120,000
about 230,000

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What disease did the CIA intentionally introduce into Cuba in an effort to destabilize the country?
swine flu
Cuba was forced to killed many thousands of pigs in order to contain the outbreak.
cholera
plague

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