Thursday, June 16, 2005

Don’t Sweat

Easier Than You Think

It's wonderful to me all the things that even the most serious of men cannot control. The FBI likes everybody to think of them (or, at any rate, they certainly like to think it of themselves) as an efficient bunch, that they are quick to get their man, etc. But it took them nearly 20 years to get the Unabomber. The CIA has an even higher opinion of itself, but they cruised around for 20 years with their fingers up their butts while Aldrich Ames sold a couple of million dollars' worth of American secrets to the Russians. Ames even passed two lie detector tests. The Russians told him all he had to do to fool them was to keep thinking "These guys are bozos" and not to sweat. It worked. Who are you trying to fool these days? It may be easier than you think.

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