Aldrich Ames Famous Quotes & Sayings

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32 Aldrich Ames Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

Aldrich Ames Sayings: Espionage, for the most part, involves finding a person who knows something or has something Espionage, for the most part, involves finding a person who knows something or has something that you can induce them secretly to give to you. That almost always involves a betrayal of trust.
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Aldrich Ames Sayings: I handed over names and compromised so many CIA agents in the Soviet Union. I handed over names and compromised so many CIA agents in the Soviet Union.
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Aldrich Ames Sayings: By the late '70s I had come to question the point of a great deal By the late '70s I had come to question the point of a great deal of what we were doing, in terms of the CIA's overall charter.
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Aldrich Ames Sayings: Historians don't really like to carry on speculative debates, but you could certainly argue that Historians don't really like to carry on speculative debates, but you could certainly argue that the likelihood of a Soviet invasion of Western Europe was extremely, extremely low.
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Aldrich Ames Sayings: I knew quite well, when I gave the names of our agents in the Soviet I knew quite well, when I gave the names of our agents in the Soviet Union, that I was exposing them to the full machinery of counterespionage and the law, and then prosecution and capital punishment.
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Aldrich Ames Sayings: The Soviet Union did not achieve victory over the West, so was my information inadequate The Soviet Union did not achieve victory over the West, so was my information inadequate to help them to victory, or did it play no particular role in their failure to achieve victory?
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Aldrich Ames Sayings: The FBI, to its credit in a self-serving sort of way, rejects the routine use The FBI, to its credit in a self-serving sort of way, rejects the routine use of the polygraph on its own people.
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Aldrich Ames Sayings: The national security state has many unfair and cruel weapons in its arsenal, but that The national security state has many unfair and cruel weapons in its arsenal, but that of junk science is one which can be fought and perhaps defeated.
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Aldrich Ames Sayings: I saw a limit to what I was giving as kind of a scam I I saw a limit to what I was giving as kind of a scam I was running on the KGB, by giving them people that I knew were their double agents fed to us.
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Aldrich Ames Sayings: My little scam in April '85 went like this: Give me $50,000; here's some names My little scam in April '85 went like this: Give me $50,000; here's some names of some people we've recruited.
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Aldrich Ames Sayings: Deciding whether to trust or credit a person is always an uncertain task. Deciding whether to trust or credit a person is always an uncertain task.
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Aldrich Ames Sayings: To the extent that I considered the personal burden of harming the people who had To the extent that I considered the personal burden of harming the people who had trusted me, plus the Agency, or the United States, I wasn't processing that.
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Aldrich Ames Sayings: Because interrogations are intended to coerce confessions, interrogators feel themselves justified in using their coercive Because interrogations are intended to coerce confessions, interrogators feel themselves justified in using their coercive means. Consistency regarding the technique is not important; inducing anxiety and fear is the point.
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Aldrich Ames Sayings: I found that our Soviet espionage efforts had virtually never, or had very seldom, produced I found that our Soviet espionage efforts had virtually never, or had very seldom, produced any worthwhile political or economic intelligence on the Soviet Union.
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Aldrich Ames Sayings: The U.S. is, so far as I know, the only nation which places such extensive The U.S. is, so far as I know, the only nation which places such extensive reliance on the polygraph. It has gotten us into a lot of trouble.
Aldrich Ames Sayings: When Reagan was elected, I felt that the Agency had gone much more into the When Reagan was elected, I felt that the Agency had gone much more into the service of a political tendency in the country with which I had already felt very strong disagreement.
Aldrich Ames Sayings: I could have stopped it after they paid me the $50,000. I wouldn't even have I could have stopped it after they paid me the $50,000. I wouldn't even have had to go on to do more than I already had: just the double agents' names that I gave.
Aldrich Ames Sayings: You might as well ask why a middle-aged man with no criminal record might put You might as well ask why a middle-aged man with no criminal record might put a paper bag over his head and rob a bank. I acted out of personal desperation.
Aldrich Ames Sayings: Let's say a Soviet exchange student back in the '70s would go back and tell Let's say a Soviet exchange student back in the '70s would go back and tell the KGB about people and places and things that he'd seen and done and been involved with. This is not really espionage; there's no betrayal of trust.
Aldrich Ames Sayings: The resistance of policy-makers to intelligence is not just founded on an ideological presupposition. They The resistance of policy-makers to intelligence is not just founded on an ideological presupposition. They distrust intelligence sources and intelligence officials because they don't understand what the real problems are.
Aldrich Ames Sayings: I came into the Agency with a set of ideas and attitudes that were quite I came into the Agency with a set of ideas and attitudes that were quite typical of people coming into the Agency at that time. You could call it liberal anti-communism.
Aldrich Ames Sayings: The only thing I ever withheld from the KGB were the names of two agents The only thing I ever withheld from the KGB were the names of two agents whom I personally had known and handled and had a particular feeling for.
Aldrich Ames Sayings: The betrayal of trust carries a heavy taboo. The betrayal of trust carries a heavy taboo.
Aldrich Ames Sayings: I said in court a long time ago that I didn't see that the Soviet I said in court a long time ago that I didn't see that the Soviet Union was significantly helped by the information I gave them, nor that the United States was significantly harmed.
Aldrich Ames Sayings: The human spy, in terms of the American espionage effort, had never been terribly pertinent. The human spy, in terms of the American espionage effort, had never been terribly pertinent.
Aldrich Ames Sayings: I'm a traitor, but I don't consider myself a traitor. I'm a traitor, but I don't consider myself a traitor.
Aldrich Ames Sayings: The use of the polygraph has done little more than create confusion, ambiguity and mistakes. The use of the polygraph has done little more than create confusion, ambiguity and mistakes.
Aldrich Ames Sayings: An espionage organization is a collector: it collects raw information. That gets processed by a An espionage organization is a collector: it collects raw information. That gets processed by a machinery that is supposed to resolve its reliability, and to present a finished product.
Aldrich Ames Sayings: No one's interested really in knowing what policies or diplomatic initiatives or arms negotiations might No one's interested really in knowing what policies or diplomatic initiatives or arms negotiations might have been compromised by me.
Aldrich Ames Sayings: Perhaps my information hurt the Soviet Union more than it helped. I have no idea. Perhaps my information hurt the Soviet Union more than it helped. I have no idea. It was not something I ever discussed with the KGB officers that I was dealing with.
Aldrich Ames Sayings: The difficulties of conducting espionage against the Soviet Union in the Soviet Union were such The difficulties of conducting espionage against the Soviet Union in the Soviet Union were such that historically the Agency had backed away from the task.
Aldrich Ames Sayings: Foreign Ministry guys don't become agents. Party officials, the Foreign Ministry nerds, tend not to Foreign Ministry guys don't become agents. Party officials, the Foreign Ministry nerds, tend not to volunteer to Western intelligence agencies.