Top Secret CIA Starbucks

On this ‘National Coffee Day’ we thought we would bring you the story of what is undoubtedly the country’s most top secret coffee shop-- where even the baristas are subject to background checks and arduous interviews just to brew a cup of joe.

One of the busiest Starbucks in the United States lies within the confines of the Central Intelligence Agency in Langley, VA. The building is so secure that the thousands of agents who work in it rarely leave for a coffee break in the middle of the day—turning the CIA Starbucks into a crowded mecca with lines stretching out the door and down the hallways.

This top-secret Starbucks, “Store Number 1” as the receipts cryptically read, doesn’t write the names of its customers on cups—privacy reasons of course. Baristas are frequently briefed on security risks and are not allowed to tell friends and family where they work—just that it is inside a federal building.

Despite the fact that these undercover agents don’t get to laugh at how the baristas spell their name or even use a frequent customer card, the staff does what they can to make their customers feel like they are waiting in line at any other shop. The store looks just like your neighborhood Starbucks with posters of coffee beans lining the walls and bakery items in the display cases.

The customers joke they need the coffee more than most—they have to be awake and alert at all times and often in offices and cubicles without windows. The sugary Frappuccinos and lattes at the ‘Stealthy Starbucks’ keep the CIA running—literally!

Happy National Coffee Day--

CIA will no longer use vaccination program as cover for spying operations

A top White House official has pledged that the CIA will no longer use vaccination programs as cover for spying operations.

The agency used the ruse in targeting Osama bin Laden before the U.S. raid that killed him in 2011.

Lisa Monaco, President Barack Obama's top counterterrorism adviser, wrote to the deans of 13 prominent public health schools last week, saying the CIA has agreed it would no longer use vaccination programs or workers for intelligence purposes. The agency also agreed to not use genetic materials obtained through such programs.

A Pakistani doctor, Shakil Afridi, offered a program of hepatitis vaccinations in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad as cover for his CIA-backed effort to obtain DNA samples from children at a compound where bin Laden was later killed during a 2011 raid by U.S. Navy SEALs. Afridi was convicted and sentenced by a Pakistani court to 33 years in prison for treason. The sentence was later overturned and Afridi faces a retrial.

In 2012, the United Nations suspended a polio vaccination effort in Pakistan after gunmen killed several health workers. Taliban militants accused health workers of acting as spies for the U.S.

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Statement by Ambassador Susan E. Rice


November 27, 2012


Statement by Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, November 27, 2012


Today, Acting CIA Director Michael Morell and I met with Senators McCain, Graham, and Ayotte to discuss my September 16th public comments regarding the attack against the U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, and the intelligence assessments that formed the basis for those comments. I appreciated the opportunity to discuss these issues directly and constructively with them.


In the course of the meeting, we explained that the talking points provided by the intelligence community, and the initial assessment upon which they were based, were incorrect in a key respect: there was no protest or demonstration in Benghazi. 


While, we certainly wish that we had had perfect information just days after the terrorist attack, as is often the case, the intelligence assessment has evolved. We stressed that neither I nor anyone else in the Administration intended to mislead the American people at any stage in this process, and the Administration updated Congress and the American people as our assessments evolved.


The Administration remains committed to working closely with Congress as we thoroughly investigate the terrorist attack in Benghazi and bring to justice the terrorists responsible for the tragic deaths of our colleagues, Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods. We also look forward to the findings of the Accountability Review Board and the FBI investigation.




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