Newshub18:Museums in the United States that allow visitors to enter.
An organized museum. The rifle that was found with the body of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is arranged there. There is a leather jacket used by the late president of Iraq, Saddam Hussein. But you can’t go to that museum even if you want to. You cannot see these signs. Because common people are not allowed to enter this museum. This ‘secret’ museum is run by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The museum is located at the CIA headquarters in Virginia. Recently, on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the intelligence agency, some journalists got a chance to visit the museum. A BBC journalist was among them. However, the concerned officers and security personnel were with them all the time.
There are about 600 rare artifacts in the museum. There are also some devices used by US intelligence during the Cold War. Important messages could be kept secret through these devices. There are also models of hidden cameras hidden inside cigarette packets, as well as models of pigeons with cameras. All were used by US intelligence during the Cold War. Some artifacts in the museum are still used by US intelligence in various operations.
Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed in a secret CIA operation in Pakistan’s Abbottabad in 2011. The museum has a model of the house where he hid with his rifle. A leather jacket of Saddam Hussein is placed next to it.
Museum director Robert Z. Baier said, “The experience of seeing these artifacts in 3D helps our policymakers, intelligence agencies to plan any operation properly.”
The CIA built a model of the building based on intelligence prior to the raid on Zawahiri’s hideout in Kabul. It was later presented to US President Joe Biden. The intelligence officers explained the details to Biden about how the operation will be done. After that, the campaign was approved. The museum also houses a model of Zawahiri’s hideout.
The journey of the CIA began in July 1947.After that, the intelligence agency had to deal with various important events including the Cold War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Vietnam War, the fall of the Soviet Union, the Gulf War, the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York, and the Iraq-Afghanistan War. The museum has arranged various signs of these events over time.
After the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, the focus of the intelligence community shifted largely to counterterrorism. Various memorials given by the relatives of those killed in this attack are kept in the museum. Apart from this, the museum has two separate galleries on the CIA operation against Fidel Castro in Cuba and the Iraq war. The second part of the museum details the submarine operations of the former Soviet Union under the sea in the sixties of the last century.
For this operation, US intelligence built models of Soviet submarines. Even the uniforms of the submarine’s crew were modeled exactly after the ash trays used. These are kept in the museum. Since the general public is completely prohibited from entering this secret museum, the question arises as to who goes there. Originally the museum was visited by CIA people. Politicians and policy makers also come. As they look at the success of the CIA’s operations, they also see the historical failures of repeated operations in Cuba and the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
CIA museum director Robert said, ‘It is not only a history-based museum, it is also an applied museum. CIA officers come here and see various signs of history. There they faced two types of history – success and failure. We are sure that they can use the knowledge gained from here in their future work. Even by learning from past failures, they get motivated to succeed in future ventures.
However, in the museum, some of the controversial and criticized activities of the CIA have been seen relatively less. These include the joint operation of the CIA and the British intelligence agency MI6 in 1953 to overthrow the then elected government of Iraq and the detention and torture of people captured from various countries in the name of counter-terrorism after 2001. In these incidents, the US intelligence agencies have been criticized around the world.