Test Your Knowledge: CIA Scandals Quiz
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?
In 1953, the CIA's Operation Ajax was ultimately all about what?
- military power
- the presidential election
How did the CIA use force to push Iranian leaders out of power during the 1953 coup?
- They started riots.
- They assassinated several leaders.
- They paid off everyone.
PBSUCCESS was a CIA-led coup against the leader of which country?
How did other Latin American counties perceive the Guatemalan coup?
- They criticized it.
- They praised it.
- They were too poor to care.
How was the quality of life in Guatemala affected by the coup?
- it hardly changed
- it plunged
- it actually got better
What was the name of the CIA project meant to refine and perfect interrogation and torture techniques?
- Project Loose Ends
- Project Fingernail
- Project MKUltra
In what year were documents regarding Project MKUltra finally made public, creating massive outcry?
What was the name of the operation that sneaked Nazi scientists into the U.S. after WWII?
- Operation Paperclip
- Operation Stapler
- Operation Pencil
The 1961 CIA-backed Bay of Pigs invasion was designed to overthrow which world leader?
- Mao Zedong
- Joseph Stalin
- Fidel Castro
What did President Kennedy say about the failed Bay of Pigs invasion?
- "colossal mistake"
- "dumbest idea ever"
- "we should have used nukes"
What happened to the CIA's records of Project MKUltra?
- It gave them to reporters.
- It destroyed them.
- It shipped them out of the country.
Lt. Colonel Oliver North was fired for funneling funds to rebels in which county?
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
How did an Israeli adviser named Amiram Nir die during the Iran-Contra Affair?
- strange plane crash
- suspicious car wreck
The CIA had a role in the Watergate scandal.
Operation Mockingbird was created to do what?
- control the media
- assassinate a political leader
- discover secret nuclear launch codes
How did CIA agents influence journalists during Operation Mockingbird?
- They paid them off.
- They threatened them.
- They gave CIA reports to them.
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.
1975's Church Committee was formed to investigate which CIA wrongdoing?
- domestic spying
- illegal assassinations
- arms dealing
In which country did the CIA's so-called "Secret War" take place?
- Soviet Union
The CIA may have been complicit in smuggling what product during the Secret War in Laos?
In 1996, a journalist reported that the CIA allowed what to happen in South Los Angeles?
- rampant human trafficking
- sales of crack cocaine
- sales of assault weapons
What happened to the journalist who wrote about the CIA's role in cocaine sales in poor Los Angeles neighborhoods?
- He committed suicide.
- He moved to Israel.
- He was murdered.
In the early 1990s, the CIA supported a criminal gang in which country in order topple a democratically-elected leader?
What did the CIA do when Saddam Hussein began planning chemical attacks during the Iran-Iraq War?
- They gave him more chemical weapons.
- They sent in troops to control the backlash.
To what issue did the CIA's "Family Jewels" report pertain?
- domestic surveillance
- illegal arms sales
- kidnapping of citizens
The "Family Jewels" reports also showed that the CIA recruited mafia members to kill which world leader?
- Nikita Krushchev
- Fidel Castro
- Mao Zedong
How many people died at the hands of CIA-backed government forces in El Salvador in the 1980s?
- about 70,000
- about 120,000
- about 230,000
What disease did the CIA intentionally introduce into Cuba in an effort to destabilize the country?