While working on my map of US military actions since WWII, I've been digging around quite a bit in murky areas of US history. The CIA Freedom of Information Act Web site has been invaluable for this research, though many documents are heavily redacted and some of them -- such as documents describing Augusto Pinochet -- appear to be written for particular audiences rather than as honest assessments. Though it's quite possible that they were written with the thought of "evidence" in the forefront of the author's mind.
In reading through many of those histories and trying to get a sense of their scope, I am horrified, time and time again, by US actions during the Cold War. Given this and that many know of my strong opposition the Bush administration and the current Iraq war, you might be surprised to note that I -- without pardoning their crimes -- have a tremendous amount of sympathy for many cold warriors. So many people have a tendency to sneer at history, but when questioned about it, know little. I've been reading quite a bit about the Cold War and its origins and frankly, nothing is as cut and dried as we would like to believe. As a result, I think I should get around to creating a Soviet analogue to the above Google Map with the intention of creating just a bit of context, though said maps could only be a starting point and could not even begin to do the situation justice.
The "US Map" is very much a work in progress and if you have comments, suggestions or corrections, please let me know (links welcome, though Wikipedia articles without decent sources are not preferred).