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(U) Reagan Library Unveils Spies: Secrets from the CIA, KGB and Hollywood Exhibit

this month, spies, real and imaginary, appeared out of the mesquite-covered California hills to commemorate the opening of the newest exhibit at the Ronald Reagan Presidentialuseum in Simi Valley, California. Spies: Secrets from the CIA. KGB and Hollywood is the result of an extraordinary collaborative effort between the CIA Museum/Center for the Study of Intelligencehe National Archives, and several

collectors, including espionage historian Keilh Mellon, lo explore ihe subject of intelligence as an instrument in the Presidential decisionmaking process. 'This exhibitreat way for visitors toehind-the-scenes perspective of how intelligence is used to assist the governmeni in making informed decisions vital to nationalaid Reagan Library Director Duke Blackwood. The exhibit offers an inside look at our nation's history of intelligence gathering and clandestine operations.

The tools and artifacts of espionage from the Revolutionary War through the Cold War arc displayed with artistic drama in the four galleries devoted to the exhibit. The first gallery opens with George Washington's seminal statement on intelligence: "The necessity of procuring good intelligence iseed not be furtherollow bullet concealment attests to espionage tradecraft dating from the Revolutionary War. Advances in technology enhanced intelligence-gathering mediods during the Civil War. For the first time, photographyool of espionage. The world's first commercial microdot on film, invented hy Jonathan Benjamin Dancers displayed next to the Stim body-worn camerarogress in aerial photography during WWI is illustratedpyifferenthe pigeon in flight bearing aloft its own body-worn camera. America's first intelligence agency, the WWII-era Office of Strategic Services, is exemplified through the tradecraft developed by itsevelopment Branch headed by Stanley Lovell. Various sabotage devices and other special weapons are on display from Keith Melton's collection.


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The secret world of real spies meets the fantasy world of reel spies in the second gallery in the form of three mannequins dressedoviet military intelligence officer, the fantasy character Carmen Sandiego,IA operations officer, the ubiquitous "man inhe gray suit belongseal CIA operations officer and was wom in the conduct of espionage operations during the Cold War,

The largest artifact in the exhibit greets the visitor at the beginning of the third gallery. "Fatpound atomic bomb, loaned from the Navy Museum in Washington, sits in mute testimony to the most difficult decision ever made

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Secret Treaties: Tools & cameras, clever concealments, and subtleof Diplomacy on devices borrowed from Melton's collectionthrough September Soviet tradecraft. Tlie DST/Office ofsupported the CIA Museum's request to

loan the Library some of the items recently displayed at Headquarters for theh Anniversary. CIA tradecraft on display publicly for the first time includes early subminiature document copy cameras and dual-purpose subminiature cameras, which are displayed with the motto, "Imagine what is possible then prepare to behe CIA Museum's collectionrtifacts is presented with the historical information that President Eisenhower personally reviewed and approvedverflight. NIMA2 light tableisplay on photo analysis during the Cuban Missile Crisis which illustrates that the accurate and timely intelligence presented to President Kennedy gave him the ability to go "eyeball to eyeball" with Khrushchev andotential nuclear exchange. The tour of this gallery concludesribute to America's silent heroes exemplifiedeplica of the Memorial Wall. The flag that draped the coffin of COS/Beirut William F. Buckley on1 trip from Lebanon to Dover is also displayed.

ontrast with the real story of espionage, examples of Hollywood's version of secret agent tools are displayed in the fourth gallery in an entertaining look at how Hollywood viewed the world of intelligence during the Cold War. Maxwell Smart's shoe phone from Gel Smart, the pen communicator from the Mannd Mrs. Peel's leather pants from The Avengers, previously displayed at Headquartersre on loan from the Spy-Fi Archives of Hollywood screenwriter Danny Biederman.

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D/CSI Lloyd Salvctd said in his keynote speech at the exhibit's opening on Februaryhe examples of tradecraft displayed here are only some of the tools of our trade. What is more important to remember is that the CIA and the rest of the Intelligence Community exist to give accurate, timely, and comprehensive intelligence to the President of the United States and to his national security team jo that they can deal with threats to our nation's security and to itse observed that President Reaganoracious consumer of intelligence. He set asideinutes every day.0aiional security briefing. At the end of each session, the Presidentaroon, leather-bound book wilh the President's Daily Brief, or PDB. inor this exhibit, the PDB staff agreed to loan one of the blue leather binders it prepares for President Bush sixeek. The fact of ihe existence of the PDB was classified until the.

The collaboration between the Presidential Libraries and the CIA Museum/CSI is an initiative io share wilh the American people tbe pride we in the Agency have for the role intelligence plays in helping the President achieve his national security objectives and toetter understanding of the craft of intelligence. The exhibit will he at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley. California through


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