The Human Factor: Inside the CIA's Dysfunctional Intelligence Culture

The Human Factor: Inside the CIA's Dysfunctional Intelligence Culture

by Ishmael Jones


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594033827
Publisher: Encounter Books
Publication date: 04/06/2010
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 340,185
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

ISHMAEL JONES was born in the United States and raised in the Middle East, East Asia, and East Africa. He attended universities in the United States and served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. In the late 1980s he joined the Central Intelligence Agency, where he served as a deep-cover officer for eighteen years, focusing on human sources with access to intelligence on weapons of mass destruction and terrorism.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback Edition xi

Introduction xxiii

Prologue 3

Part 1

1 Daring Greatly, Perhaps 13

2 Training Days 21

3 American Apprenticeship 47

4 Perseverance and Soothing Language 62

5 Sent to Spy Out the Land 77

6 Trying to Hustle the East 93

7 Morning in Eastern Europe 119

8 Physicists Who Knew Sin 144

9 Always Be Closing 164

10 Restless 186

11 Hazardous Microbes 221

Part 2

12 Darkness and Brief Dawn 237

13 Trying 250

14 Grifters 270

15 The Way of the Weasel 280

16 Headquarters 299

17 Starting Over 307

18 Remington Raider 318

Epilogue 351

Appendix: Solutions for Reform of the Clandestine Service 355

Acknowledgments 363

Notes 365

Bibliography 371

Index 376

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The Human Factor: Inside the CIA's Dysfunctional Intelligence Culture 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the ultimate adventure story of a deep-cover spy, operating throughout the Middle East, Asia, and Europe, tracking weapons scientists and terrorists. It is full of dry humor, and never slows down. But the real purpose appears to be to draw the reader¿s attention to the weakness in American national security caused by poor or false human intelligence. By not pontificating, the book is exciting and gets its point across. It¿s a book about intelligence reform disguised as a spy story. Deep cover spy Ishmael recounts details about inept CIA training and torture courses, dodging co-workers trying to sabotage his work, falling prey to a dead-baby con scheme in Bombay, and the hilarious saga of his friend, the world¿s worst spy. I read an advance copy that should be the same as the final - and believe some of its revelations are explosive: the inability to place spies in foreign countries, the CIA¿s growth within the USA, disappearing money, work avoidance schemes, and great gaps in intelligence. A few paragraphs on the Plame incident are enlightening. The Twins, a pair of CIA professors, pop up to intrude upon intelligence operations a hunt for CIA pornography users decimates deep-cover spies overseas. CIA employees hire their spouses as managers in a confusion of nepotism. And bloody Iraq, a place of such absurd violence that ordinary CIA risk aversion is temporarily on hold. The CIA¿s just a big couch potato, a failure at providing intelligence but an expert at feeding itself and growing ever larger. The consequences of this nonpartisan book could be far-reaching and CIA reform should be on the top of the Obama, 'Hillary' or McCain agendas. CIA reform may well be the most important thing Americans can do as a nation to protect themselves. The author¿s decision to donate his book profits gives his case even greater strength.
HollowellTheForgottenRoom More than 1 year ago
What exactly is this bloated bureaucracy doing? Ishmael Jones answers this question.  When an insider complains about hordes of excess agents inside the U.S. looking for easy work and swarming targets, our intelligence apparatus is in serious trouble.  These hordes include retiree contractors and highly-paid married couples. Specifically, Jones writes,    I'd made the case look easy.  Once it looked easy, it attracted the attention of hordes of HQs headquarters people vying for a chance to take it.  The first priority was to make as many people as possible look as busy as possible.   This book is a strong case for fixing  an intelligence bureaucracy that is so bloated , corrupt, and convoluted that it can no longer do its duty.  Heed his sage advice in the Appendix.
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