The simple self-congratulatory GIF showed confetti falling over the years ‘1947 – 2018’ with the words “celebrating 71 years” written underneath and the CIA’s logo in the middle. It wasn’t long before the responses to the birthday tweet started rolling in.
Some Americans praised the “heroes” of the organization and the “sacrifices” made to ‘keep the US safe’.
A significant proportion of the responses, however, came from users calling the agency out for its questionable behavior over the past 71 years.
One user congratulated the CIA on 71 years of “deception, death and destruction,” while another noted it had been 71 years chock full with “espionage and regime change” abroad. One user was more straightforward and condemned the more than seven decades of “supporting terrorists” and “killing all sorts of innocent people along the way.”
Some tongue in cheek responses made reference to the organization’s notorious secrecy and omnipotence.
Others had some burning questions they wanted answered. Like, for example, if there is something the US public still doesn’t know about the 9/11 terror attacks – or if the CIA could use its overthrowing powers to “do something” about the current president in the White House, Donald Trump.
One user suggested that 71 years might be a good time to “call it quits and let the people of the world live in peace”.
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