They pick easy things to talk about as far as “misconceptions” or “failures,” sometimes followed by a cringe-inducing chuckle. Assassination plots are “arguably undemocratic” but they don’t mention Patrice Lumumba by name, and so forth. They should listen to the FBI Retired podcast series, where retired agents talk about actual past cases, often sharing surprisingly frank assessments of what they and their agency could’ve done better (think Paul Rico). When JFK made Allen Dulles retire, he (JFK) spoke some diplomatic words about how CIA failures become known and successes are kept secret, etc. as the kind of face-saving language you use at that level at an official ceremony. Now it’s become their go-to formula each time they mention failure. CIA: Nobody’s asking you to put on sackcloth and ashes, but when you have a real history of actual human rights abuses, you need more than pizzicato strings and bland generalizations. Be humans showing human feelings about the harm the agency’s done to other humans.