"Aerial Recon," one of the kid-friendly CIA characters.
The CIA: Not just for grown-ups anymore.
While doing some research for one of tonight's segments, I found something rather surprising on the CIA web site (not the first time we've found something going on over at CIA.gov). Round up the kids! No, really, it's okay, because the team that gathered the intel to find the world's most wanted terrorist has also made time to build an entire section of its site just for the kiddies. It's even broken up by age groups. K-5th graders can learn all kinds of fun facts about the CIA seal and see photos taken by a bird named "Aerial Recon." But wait, there's more. Like games! Lots of games: Puzzles, code breaking, photo analysis, and even virtual coloring books.
The 6th grade through high school students get advice on pursuing a CIA career (ex: Learn foreign languages, stay off drugs). It's all rather surreal, but then again, the work the agency did finding Osama bin Laden was no child's play... and it appears the need to attract recruits for the next generation won't be going away anytime soon.