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How to Spot an Agent looks into why CIA agents are stationed in embassies worldwide (by Presidential order- especially in the third world). What to look for? Well, exotic-looking cipher locks usually cover the outside doors of an side-by-side CIA office, "Political officers" usually stick together, have a premium health insurance plan and keep loud sounds on to deter bugging.

Cross-referencing records with the method of the author of this article, John Marks, can lead to uncovering (at least in 1978).

Furthermore, resisting on "national security" grounds, the Agency has avoided reductions in personnel and has even continued to expand. Recommendations, cooperation and other considerations are part of the equation when determining whether or not a "private citizen" should or should not be linked with the government.

Everything argues for having the intelligence agent in the embassy - everything, that is, except the need to keep his existence secret. The question then becomes whether it is really that important to keep his existence secret - which, in turn, depends on how important his clandestine activities are.

To paraphrase Mae West, covert has nothing to do with it- the question is do we need a new type of Agency for accurate global information extraction?>


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Posted: June 3rd, 2010
at 4:12pm by Koookiecrumbles

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Are Cameras the New Guns?

The move to stop recording of police misconduct:

In response to a flood of Facebook and YouTube videos that depict police abuse, a new trend in law enforcement is gaining popularity. In at least three states (Illinois, Massachusetts, and Maryland), it is now illegal to record an on-duty police officer even if the encounter involves you and may be necessary to your defense, and even if the recording is on a public street where no expectation of privacy exists.>

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Museum Security and the Thomas Crown Affair

Eric C. Michaud, writes of the allure of stolen art and goes deeper- how can museums better secure their collections whileA "dealing" with the aftermath of the embarrassment of being a part of a breach?

Over the years, I’ve daydreamed about stealing a Vermeer, a Picasso, or Rembrandt.A It tickles me, as much as watching the reboot of The Thomas Crown Affair.1A Why is it, do you suppose, so much fun (despite the obvious immorality) to think about stealing a world renowned piece off the wall of a major metropolitan museum?A Is it the romantic thoughts of getting away with it, walking past infrared detectors, and pressure sensors ala Indiana Jones with the sack of sand to remove the idol without triggering the security system?A Is it the idea of snatching items with such fantastic prices, where the romance of possessing an item of such value is less intoxicating than selling it to a private collector for it to never be seen again?A I suspect others share my daydreams as they watch theater or hear of a brazen daylight heist at museums around the world, or from private collections.

With typically 85%-99% of a museum's total holdings not being on display, most pieces stolen or legitimate are never seen by the public. Stolen art can serve as black market chips to trade and they usually involve insiders who use the museum’s closed software systems as a point of vulnerable entry. In the endgame:

By publicizing what is missing or stolen, cooperative security can take place.>

Further reading on the net can be found after the break:

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Posted: June 1st, 2010
at 8:35pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: art,crime,film,security

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The History of the Honey Trap

Five lessons for would-be James Bonds and Bond girls — and the men and women who would resist them.>

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Posted: March 12th, 2010
at 1:49pm by Koookiecrumbles

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Cryptography Mini-Course>

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Posted: November 11th, 2009
at 1:14pm by Koookiecrumbles

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Modern Art was CIA ‘Weapon’

For decades in art circles it was either a rumour or a joke, but now it is confirmed as a fact. The Central Intelligence Agencyused American modern art - including the works of such artists as Jackson Pollock, Robert Motherwell, Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko - as a weapon in the Cold War. In the manner of a Renaissance prince - except that it acted secretly - the CIA fostered and promoted American Abstract Expressionist painting around the world for more than 20 years.

The connection is improbable. This was a period, in the 1950s and 1960s, when the great majority of Americans disliked or even despised modern art - President Truman summed up the popular view when he said: "If that’s art, then I’m a Hottentot." As for the artists themselves, many were ex- com- munists barely acceptable in the America of the McCarthyite era, and certainly not the sort of people normally likely to receive US government backing.

Why did the CIA support them? Because in the propaganda war with the Soviet Union, this new artistic movement could be held up as proof of the creativity, the intellectual freedom, and the cultural power of the US. Russian art, strapped into the communist ideological straitjacket, could not compete.>

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Posted: November 10th, 2009
at 7:50pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: myninjaplease,art,politricks,weaponry,"ninja",ir,security,americana

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