CIA Operations and Projects


A Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Operation is a large encompassing plot, it requires a long duration and substantial resources. 


CIA OPERATION CRYPTONYMS

Operation AMSWEEP: Use of a Cuban intelligence asset to provide political and military information. (MFF)
Operation AMTABBY: An effort to send saboteur groups into Cuba to disrupt targeted sites and hinder the Castro government. (MFF)
(Group Members: Jose Miguel Carvajal Gonzalez, Armando Caballero Parodi, Antonio Soto Vazquez, Alberto Perez Martinez)
Operation AMWARM: This Central Intelligence Agency "FI (Foreign Intelligence) Operation" focused on Cubana Airlines, the largest airline in Cuba. The communications detailed Cuban "personnel, negotiations, scheduled flights of Cubana Airlines and coverage of traffic at Rancho Boyeros Airport." The reports were generated by an "on-island asset" (Cuba) and sent to Agency operatives. (MFF)
Operation LIFIRE: This Operation gathered intelligence and "provided a limited surveillance capability, and could fellow a traveler to his hotel." The majority of the project was focused on acquiring travel manifests from international flights. (MFF) 
Operation LIHABIT: A CIA Mexico City Station photographic surveillance base house targeting the Czechoslovakian Embassy. (MFF)
Operation LIROMANCE: A CIA Mexico City Station audio surveillance operation. (MFF)
Operation LITABBY: 
One of multiple CIA photographic surveillance base houses targeting the Mexico City Soviet Embassy. (MFF)


A CIA Project is usually of a shorter duration, has less participants, and utilizes fewer resources than Agency Operations.


CIA PROJECT CRYPTONYMS

Project AMSPILL: Use of a Cuban intelligence agent to provide economic and political information for Agency use. (MFF)
Project ANTLERS: The Agency undertook removing a defector from Europe "and into the US without leaving any trace of his true identity." Using forged documents the Agency was able to undertake the mission successfully. (MFF)
Project BESMOOTH: A project located in Mexico City that inspected Polish government employees using phone tap and observational intelligence. Targets were noted for possible use and information. (MFF)
Project BUTANE: The Director of Central Intelligence ordered the short-term surveillance of former Agency employee Victor Marchetti "...to determine his activities and contacts with Agency employees and others in regard to his publications exposing Agency operations." (MFF)
Project CELOTEX-1: Months long Agency surveillance of Washington Post reporter Michael Getler to determine his source of classified information appearing in his news column. (MFF)
Project CELOTEX-2: Extended Agency surveillance of media figures that includes Jack Anderson, Les Whitten, Brit Hume, and Joseph Spear. The project sought to learn "...the source of classified Agency information appearing in Anderson's syndicated columns." (MFF)
Project HARPSTAR: An undertaking by the Agency to gather intelligence using female informants that were sent to engage in relationships with President Sukarno of Indonesia. A female agent was used in attempts to influence Sukarno' actions as well. Agency funds were sent to Twentieth Century Fox studios to further substantiate the cover of one "actress" used for the program.
Project LIANCHOR: A program to create an Agency controlled "leftist" Press Service that distributed political articles in South American countries. (MFF)
Project MERRIMAC
: "Office of Security proprietary agents covertly monitored dissident groups in the Washington area considered potential threats to Agency installations and personnel. In addition, Office of Security field offices collected intelligence on dissident groups." (MFF)
Project MHDOZEN: A planned collaborative effort by the CIA and FBI to undertake technical surveillance of the Soviet Embassy in Washington D.C. Among the security concerns was blowback in the form of increased attacks on the US Embassy in Moscow.
Project NORFOLK: A project used to provide female companionship for a visiting dignitary. Additional visits and a property for meeting was obtained. The efforts were to gather intelligence. According to the female informant, part of the project included allegations of the Agency indicating sex with the target would be beneficial. The Agency used aliases and implied State Department associations. 
Project PARAGON: The Agency conducted a domestic surveillance operation of an alleged New Orleans urban guerilla group. Among those named in connection was Frances Herbert who had "allegedly developed ties with New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison."
Project QKENCHANT: Provided security approvals for non-Agency personnel and facilities. Such approvals were required so that Agency personnel could meet individuals to discuss proposed projects, activities, and possible relationships. (MFF)
Project SGHOUSE: 
The purpose of this accounting project was to provide money for administrative purposes via an unvouchered funds account. (MFF)
Project SLEEPER: A Cuban official and informant who penetrated various Communist political circles to provide information for the Agency. (MFF)

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