Video: The secret CIA museum

posted at 2:01 pm on July 17, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Sure, you can see Osama bin Laden’s assault rifle and other fascinating artifacts in the CIA museum … but then they’d have to kill you. Just kidding! Yahoo News’ Olivier Knox got a rare invitation to tour the museum and to have a film crew document his tour, bringing us along with him. He got a close-up look at Osama bin Laden’s assault rifle and, er … a dead rat.

By the way, if you want to pick up something at the gift shop, be sure to bring cash:

Osama bin Laden’s assault rifle. A singed al-Qaeda training manual. A desiccated rat corpse designed to pass secret messages. A letter from an American operative on a sheet of Adolf Hitler’s personal stationery. A painting of the real story behind “Argo.” And a remote-controlled robotic dragonfly that may be the ancestor of today’s drones.

These are some of the things on display at the Central Intelligence Agency’s astonishing private museum in Langley, Va. …

The collection doesn’t aim to provide a complete, warts-and-all recounting of the agency’s history – there’s no “Bay of Pigs” wing, for instance, or in-depth look at the intelligence underpinning the case for the March 2003 invasion of Iraq. The museum focuses chiefly on the CIA’s successes, from its World War II days as the “Office of Strategic Services” to the war on terrorism, with a special focus on the war in Afghanistan. But the more than 100 stars on the CIA’s memorial wall – 31 one of them anonymous — serve as a reminder that sometimes things go tragically wrong.

Unlike its far more famous cousins downtown – like the National Air and Space Museum or the National Archives — the CIA museum itself does not have a gift shop. The Agency, though, does have one, with well-stocked shelves of CIA-themed souvenirs like pens, cigar cutters, mugs, water bottles, and ponchos. The gift shop, too, has its own special rules: A sign next to the register reminds under-cover operatives to use cash only.

Be sure to watch all the way to the end to see what, out of all these artifacts, Olivier asked to hold for himself. And if Olivier suddenly turns up missing, you never saw this.


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canopfor on July 17, 2014 at 2:07 PM

…. and over here we have Sleazy Eric “the Hustler” Holder’s collection of “destroyed” IRS hard drives.

viking01 on July 17, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Interesting.

The closest we civilians can get to, in DC, would be at the superb International Spy Museum or it’s traveling exhibits (one of which spent 6 months at the Reagan Presidential Library last year).

Athos on July 17, 2014 at 2:11 PM

viking01 on July 17, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Those are at the secret DoJ museum, alongside the actual batons used by the New Black Panther Party to enforce ‘fair’ voting in Philadelphia….

Athos on July 17, 2014 at 2:13 PM

A sign next to the register reminds under-cover operatives to use cash only.

How about getting rid of the sign and firing any agent that isn’t trained well enough to do so on their own.

Flange on July 17, 2014 at 2:14 PM

the NSA has a cool museum as well. There is an ENIGMA you can actually operate.

oprockwell on July 17, 2014 at 2:14 PM

the NSA has a cool museum as well. There is an ENIGMA you can actually operate.

oprockwell on July 17, 2014 at 2:14 PM

That’s actually wired into Joe Biden’s brain. What looks like code is actually gibberish.

viking01 on July 17, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Unlike its far more famous cousins downtown – like the National Air and Space Museum or the National Archives — the CIA museum itself does not have a gift shop. The Agency, though, does have one, with well-stocked shelves of CIA-themed souvenirs like pens, cigar cutters, mugs, water bottles, and ponchos. The gift shop, too, has its own special rules: A sign next to the register reminds under-cover operatives to use cash only.

What, no blow-up Valerie Plame dolls?

slickwillie2001 on July 17, 2014 at 2:24 PM

the NSA has a cool museum as well. There is an ENIGMA you can actually operate.

oprockwell on July 17, 2014 at 2:14 PM

And they already have your credit card information at the gift shop!

Happy Nomad on July 17, 2014 at 2:24 PM

I liked the special exhibit of Lois Lerner’s emails at the NSA museum.

malclave on July 17, 2014 at 2:25 PM

I’ve been through that museum. It’s pretty cool.

jdpaz on July 17, 2014 at 2:27 PM

can’t get the video to play.

The CIA is a joke.

Can we please get a real intelligence agency?

WhatSlushfund on July 17, 2014 at 2:29 PM

btw, isn’t this an ancient video? I just looked it up on yT

WhatSlushfund on July 17, 2014 at 2:36 PM

And if Olivier suddenly turns up missing, you never saw this.

Saw what?

rbj on July 17, 2014 at 2:46 PM

…more secrets!

JugEarsButtHurt on July 17, 2014 at 2:50 PM

It is a fact that the CIA is the largest drug cartel in the world. Please don’t pretend these criminal thugs are heroes. They are traitors just like the NSA. Execute all of them.

earlgrey on July 17, 2014 at 4:15 PM

The collection doesn’t aim to provide a complete, warts-and-all recounting of the agency’s history – there’s no “Bay of Pigs” wing, for instance, or in-depth look at the intelligence underpinning the case for the March 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Those two situations have absolutely nothing in relation. Sorry.

Buck Farky on July 17, 2014 at 4:31 PM

It is a fact that the CIA is the largest drug cartel in the world. Please don’t pretend these criminal thugs are heroes. They are traitors just like the NSA. Execute all of them.

earlgrey on July 17, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Bring forth the “facts”, jack…

I know, if you did, they would kill you…are you sure you are watching a computer screen, or is it watching you?

Those voices you hear, CIA maybe implanted them in your teeth?

right2bright on July 17, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Those voices you hear, CIA maybe implanted them in your teeth?

right2bright on July 17, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Sarah Ross: [on MarvinEarl] Wow. This guy’s insane.
Frank Moses: Well, he thought he was the subject of a secret government mind control project. As it turns out, he really was being given daily doses of LSD for 11 years.
Sarah Ross: Well in that case, he looks great.
Frank Moses: Fantastic.
Sarah Ross: Yeah…

dentarthurdent on July 17, 2014 at 5:08 PM

I want to see the Frank Moses exhibit.

dentarthurdent on July 17, 2014 at 5:09 PM

the NSA has a cool museum as well. There is an ENIGMA you can actually operate.

oprockwell on July 17, 2014 at 2:14 PM

And they already have your credit card information at the gift shop!

Happy Nomad on July 17, 2014 at 2:24 PM

With this post, Happy wins the thread. Heck, he wins the whole internet.

SubmarineDoc on July 17, 2014 at 6:51 PM