If only we could go back to the pre-political-correctness era of a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) that would think outside the box and develop all sorts of whacky gadgets, programs (like mind control), and weapons like the CIA heart attack gun.
A big problem we face in the modern-CIA era is that the agency is way more restricted than our adversaries’ (like Russia) intelligence apparatuses in what it can and can’t do. This is the main reason a guy like Putin can just poison people he doesn’t like and Saudi Arabia can just kill and chop up journalists and get away with it.
There’s not a chance that the CIA would or could act like this today. This is why, nowadays, most of the wet work is done in the shadows by Black Special Ops programs overseas working within the military intelligence machine and not the CIA.
And the agency is not happy about this.