Presumably you think that a dysfunctional C.I.A. officer is somehow going
to inform us all about what is wrong with the C.I.A. and how it can be
telephone box? I used to drink with the original Dr. Who in a pub in West
London, many years ago. He would come into the pub for a drink after he
had finished acting in his latest episode, he said it was very tiring
work. He was a miserable old sod, until one got to know him, kept himself
to himself, and had a problem with the drink, which, unfortunately,
hastened his passing into another world, in the end.
That's reassuring...Presumably you think that a dysfunctional C.I.A.
officer is somehow going to inform us all about what is wrong with the
C.I.A. and how it can be improved then? After reading the book, would you
care to share, what thoughts you have for improving the organisation...or
at least, removing the "dys" from the functional? Or would I have to
receive that information from the latest Dr. Who in his telephone box?
P.S. I used to drink with the original Dr. Who in a pub in West London,
many years ago. He would come into the pub for a drink after he had
finished acting in his latest episode, he said it was very tiring work. He
was a miserable old sod, until one got to know him, kept himself to
himself, and had a problem with the drink, which, unfortunately, hastened
his passing into another world, in the end.
On 15/01/2016 00:36, Michael Best wrote:
Me is me. (cue Doctor Who jokes)
Twas I that wrote the note from me, tis true tis true. Rambling advice on
why the book may inform better than the excerpts, more than usual. Like all
complaints about bureaucracy though, the book is not exciting and at times
Humans are dysfunctional by nature. ;)
On Thu, Jan 14, 2016 at 7:25 PM, douglas rankine <
Quote<<<"A note from me".......meaningful and succinct" Forgive me,
Michael, but I am little confused, can you enlighten me please? Is the
"me" you, or is it somoene else?
Is a C.I.A. Officer a human factor, or dysfunctional by nature?
On 14/01/2016 16:37, Michael Best wrote:
CIA officers are, needless to say, skilled and accomplished
professionals. Unfortunately, the organization they inhabit is stifling,
misguided, and careless. In the darkness of secrecy, with unlimited tax
dollars and little or no accountability, the CIA bureaucracy has mutated
into a leviathan that serves its own aims. From 1989 to 2002, Ishmael Jones
carried out continuous field assignments for the CIA, pursuing WMD targets
in the Middle East and Europe and terrorist targets in the Iraq War.
Appalled by the stifling layers of bureaucracy and unable to reform the
agency from within, Jones resigned with an unblemished record and this
astonishing story to tell.
A note from me:
Unlike many other spy memoirs, The Human Factor does not attempt to be
exciting or make overblown claims or make the narrator the hero of his or
her own story. Ishmael Jones avoids aggrandizing himself, using his
professional experiences to help explain the problems that the Intelligence
Community's bureaucracy faces and to shine a light on the increasingly
neglected art of Human Intelligence (HUMINT). Readers looking for an expose
on the horrible conditions of CIA's bureaucracy will find themselves
unsatisfied. Rather, Jones' complaints will help readers identify patterns
of problem behavior for the Agency and how bureaucracy too often prevents
HUMINT from being properly exploited. Written in 2010 before Snowden became
a household name and the NSA and GCHQ were thrust into the spotlight, Jones
was describing the problems with HUMINT that would force the Intelligence
Community to rely heavily, and at times too much, on Signal Intelligence
and cyber operations. Readers interested in fulling understanding these
problems, and not merely the general shape of the issue, are advised to
read the book. Since the problems described are often bureaucratic, the
excerpts selected are merely highlights - bureaucratic failings are nearly
impossible to describe in a way that's both meaningful and succinct.
Excerpts posted to