Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Spy Kats

Maxwell Smart couldn't have done better.

One of the CIA's most bizarre Cold War efforts was Operation Acoustic Kitty. In declassified documents from the CIA's super-secret Science and Technology Directorate, it was revealed that some Cold-War-era cats were surgically altered to become sophisticated bugging devices. The idea was that the cats would eavesdrop on Soviet conversations from park benches, windowsills and garbage containers. The cat was meant to just stroll up to the sensitive conversations, completely unnoticed. The clandestine cat's electrical internals would then capture and relay the audio to awaiting agents.
“They slit the cat open, put batteries in him, wired him up. The tail was used as an antenna. They made a monstrosity.
After several surgeries and intensive training, the cyborg cat was ready for its first field test. The CIA drove the cat to a Soviet compound on Wisconsin Avenue in Washington, D.C., and let him out of a parked van across the street. The cat ambled into the road, and was struck by a taxi almost immediately. Five years of effort and over $15 million in spending were reduced to roadkill in an instant. Shorty after its demise a CIA operative returned to the accident site and put the cat's remains into a container to prevent the Soviets from getting their paws on the sensitive and expensive listening devices.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read a real doozy not too long ago. Stalin was attempting to cross bread apes and men forming the perfect soldier impervious to pain physically and emotionally. A soldier willing to do his masters bidding without thoughts of home or mother and the physical ability of an animal with the intelligence of a man. It was far out there but then again Stalin wasnt exactly a rational man.

But cats wired with microphones seems like a pretty good idea. Now days all they have to do is point a laser beam at a window and they pick up conversations from the vibrations on the glass.

Its amazing the amount of money the US has wasted on such projects to defeat the enemy de jour and its all part of the fleecing of america.

10:01 PM, August 23, 2006  

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