Spies and The Intelligence Community
November 19, 2011

Web Resources


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The Central Intelligence Agency

The Central Intelligence Agency is a wonderful resource for both teachers and students. Be sure to go to the "KID'S PAGE", located along the left side of the home page. Here you will find lesson plans & ideas designed for a variety of grade levels, the history of the CIA, and of course, fun and interactive games! Do you have the skills to be an CIA Agent? Try and find out by playing Break the Code and the Aerial Analysis Challenge.

The Central Intelligence Agency - Library

Part of the Central Intelligenec Agency's website, The CIA Library contains a wealth of information, from unclassified current publications to basic references, reports and maps. The Library features one of their most popular publications, The World Factbook, and their online directory of Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments. It also features numerous documents and articles of historical significance, including those found in Studies in Intelligence.

CNN - Cold War Experience: Espionage

Here, CNN explores Cold War espionage with interviews, images, book excerpts, and interactive games. This website has been archived and as a result, does not have the best viewing capabilities. However, the site is fairly easy to navigate and provides great resources specifically devoted to the Cold War. Be sure to select "Click to launch." under "TOOLS OF THE TRADE" to find descriptions and images of weapons disguised as other objects, such as a cigarette case.

Counterintelligence - Office of the Natiotional
Counterintelligence Executive

Did you know that there are nearly 20 U.S. Government organizations that together create the U.S. Intelligence Community?  Here you will find links to all of the member websites, including the National Counterterrorism Center, The National Intelligence Council, The Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and more.

Fact Monster - Espionage

This encyclopedia entry contains a definition of espionage, information about espionage history, modern espionage, and a bibliography.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation

The FBI website is an excellent resourse for both teachers and students. The History of the FBI can be found in the "ABOUT US" tab along the top of the home page. This is a fun and interactive page that includes information on famous cases and criminals, famous FBI directors, a timeline, and more. Back at the home page you can find quizzes, fun facts, and games for kids (and adults) under the "FUN & GAMES" tab. Be sure to check out the Teens & Kids page to learn how the FBI investigates a spy!



Fordham University - Modern History Sourcebook

This is the actual text of the Espionage Act written during World War One.

The International Spy Museum

The International Spy Museum is the only public museum in the United States solely dedicated to espionage. While the museum's website primarily focuses on its exhibits and events, it also provides excellent resources for educators and students. By selecting the "LEARN" tab at the top of the page, you will discover classroom lesson plans, background briefings on a variety of historical events, as well as games for kids. You may also want to check out the "SHOP" tab to find fun, and serious, spy products that you can buy online.

The International Spy Museum's YouTube Channel

The International Spy Museum's YouTube channel features a variety of videos related to the topic of espionage. Be sure to watch "Spy Disguise 1" and "Scott Disguise" to see how a spy is tranformed into different disguises.

I Spy

Scholastic's I Spy series is celebrating 20 years of helping children look at the world more carefully, use language more vividly, and think more creatively! Select the "TEACHERS & PARENTS" tab to find a Teacher's Guide, printables, fun activities, and more. You may also want to check out the "ONLINE GAMES" tab to play I Spy games using your SMARTboard.  You can also have your students create their own "I Spy" games and test them out on other classmates.

The National Security Agency / Central Security Service

Part of the National Security Agency's website, America's CryptoKids: Future Codemakers & Codebreakers, is a resource designed just for kids (but fun for adults too)! Cryptology is the making and breaking of codes and on this site, your students can learn all about codes and ciphers, play lots of games and activities, and learn how the National Security Agency/Central Security Service use the technology and information they get from NSA/CSS to get their jobs done. 

PBS - Secrets, Lies, and Atomic Spies

This website is a companion to "Secrets, Lies, and Atomic Spies", a PBS program that chronicles the lives and covert activities of the so-called "atom spies" in the 1940s.  The site focuses on the deciphered codes of Soviet spies, called the Venona Project. Be sure to select "READ VENONA INTERCEPTS" to find a great selection of primary documents related to the topic. You can also find stories about the 20th Century's most notorious spys by selecting "20TH-CENTURY DECEPTIONS".