Test Your Knowledge: CIA Scandals Quiz
by Staff
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
  • Kennedy

In 1953, the CIA's Operation Ajax was ultimately all about what?

  • military power
  • oil
  • 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?

  • Panama
  • Guatemala
  • Mexico

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?

  • 1977
  • 1991
  • 1998

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?

  • Nicaragua
  • Iran
  • Nigeria

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
  • poisoned

The CIA had a role in the Watergate scandal.

  • true
  • false
  • no one knows

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
  • Afghanistan
  • Laos

The CIA may have been complicit in smuggling what product during the Secret War in Laos?

  • opium
  • guns
  • textiles

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?

  • Chile
  • Costa Rica
  • Haiti

What did the CIA do when Saddam Hussein began planning chemical attacks during the Iran-Iraq War?

  • nothing
  • 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?

  • swine flu
  • cholera
  • plague