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The CIA Cat Guided Bomb

Tuesday, Mar 1st, 2011

Today I opened up a school textbook for an upper level government course and was richly rewarded. The textbook, “Spycraft,” is all about the secret history of the CIA’s spytechs.

Another unconventional project that failed, although it had been supported by the Chairman of the Senate Appropriation Committee, was the Cat Guided Bomb. The idea was to harness a cat to the underside of a bomb in such a way that the feline’s movements would steer the explosive to its target. In theory, when a cat was dropped over open water with a ship in sight, it would steer itself, and the bomb, toward the safety of the ship’s deck. Initial tests proved cats were ineffective and the concept died as quickly as the first test subjects.

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