Secret CIA spy gadgets go public: photos

Secret CIA spy gadgets go public: photos

Summary: When you think CIA, the last word likely to come to mind is "open". And yet the US spy organisation has begun to lift the lid — albeit ever so slightly — in a bid to cultivate public support. In fact, the agency recently launched a retooled website, complete with YouTube and Flickr channels.

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  • (Credit: CIA)

    Allied photo interpreters used this stereoscope during World War II to view filmed images of enemy territory in 3D.

  • (Credit: CIA)

    This intrusion detector — powered by tiny power cells and featuring a built-in antenna — could detect movement of people, animals or objects up to 300m away.

  • (Credit: CIA)

    Ever wonder where your tax dollars go? This image shows some of the handicraft of the CIA's Office of Advanced Technologies and Programs — in this case an "Unmanned Underwater Vehicle" fish built to study aquatic robot technology.

    Why it would want to do that is anybody's guess, but the CIA did come up with a nifty implementation of different technologies, including a communications system in the body and a propulsion system in the fish's tail. (An operator on land controlled it by a wireless line-of-sight radio handset.)

Topics: Government, Government AU, Privacy, Security

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