posted on Nov, 7 2012 @ 08:49 PM
How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans From Tehran
Sukarno "Happy Days" Film Plot
Argo, the actor/director's Iran-hostage-crisis movie, is a taut and funny spy thriller. Loosely based on a 2007 Wired article by Joshuah Bearman,
the film focuses on the rescue of six American diplomats who escaped the besieged embassy in Tehran and holed up in the Canadian ambassador's
residence for nearly three months. The rescue mission, executed with tight cooperation between the US and Canadian government, was led by CIA
officer/professional "identity transformer" Tony Mendez (played by Affleck) in early 1980.
The goal was to get the six Americans the hell out of hostile territory. The means to extraction were, literally, a bad movie: The CIA sets up a dummy
production company with the help of two sympathetic Hollywood crewmen, starts fake production on a Star Wars knock-off/"sky god" epic called "Argo"
(phony business cards, planting stories in the Hollywood press, the whole elaborate-black-op nine yards), and sends Mendez to meet with Iran's
Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance for "location scouting. "The United States government has just sanctioned your science-fiction movie," an
agency high-up (a cameo by the great Philip Baker Hall) reluctantly informs Mendez.
Yes, this is indeed a thing that American tax dollars paid for in real life.
The scheme: The operation that inspired Argo wasn't even the craziest CIA scheme that involved a fake movie. In the mid-'60s, the CIA was no fan
of Sukarno, the first president of Indonesia. The agency began production on a sex tape (titled "Happy Days") and naughty photos of a Sukarno
lookalike getting it on with a Russian lover. Due to the agency's inability to track down a double who looked enough like a naked Sukarno, the plan
never got beyond the stages of, shall we say, post-production. Regardless, Sukarno was overthrown in 1967 during Indonesia's transition to the "New
Order," and replaced by general Suharto, a US-backed, genocidal military dictator who held on to power for more than three decades.
The scheme: In the '60s, the CIA tried implanting small microphones into cats, which they would then send to spy on the Soviets. The project was
dubbed "Acoustic Kitty." The first attempt at cat-espionage resulted in the animal getting crushed by a taxi near the Soviet embassy in Washington,
just moments after the operation began. All other missions failed, as well, and the initiative was terminated in 1967. Here's a diagram of the secret
1. The CIA's vaccine drive/DNA-gathering operation in Pakistan that helped confirm Osama bin Laden's whereabouts (an operation that really pissed off
Doctors Without Borders, for good reason).
2. The poison toothpaste, concocted by a CIA chemist, meant for the assassination of Patrice Lumumba, the first democratically elected prime minister
of the Republic of the Congo. (The idea was later vetoed, and Lumumba was murdered in a coup after barely three months in office.)
3. The CIA being permanently incapble of whacking Castro. You know the stories.
So a interesting list none the less. What would be some more? I'm thinking MK Ultra and all the craziness that pursued under that. Or CIA drug
smuggling coc aine to fund their black op missions subsequently causing the crack epidemic
edit on 7-11-2012 by Trustfund because: (no reason given)