Fair Play The Moral Dilemmas of Spying

ISBN-10: 1574889494

ISBN-13: 9781574889499

Edition: 2006

Authors: James M. Olson

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Revolutionary War officer Nathan Hale, one of America's first spies, said, "Any kind of service necessary to the public good becomes honorable by being necessary." A statue of Hale stands outside CIA headquarters, and the agency often cites his statement as one of its guiding principles. But who decides what is necessary for the public good, and is it really true that any kind of service is permissible for the public good? These questions are at the heart of James M. Olson's book, Fair Play: The Moral Dilemmas of Spying. Olson, a veteran of the CIA's clandestine service, takes readers inside the real world of intelligence to describe the difficult dilemmas that field officers face on an almost daily basis. Far from being a dry theoretical treatise, this fascinating book uses actual intelligence operations to illustrate how murky their moral choices can be. Readers will be surprised to learn that the CIA provides very little guidance on what is, or is not, permissible. Rather than empowering field officers, the author has found that this lack of guidelines actually hampers operations. Olson believes that U.S. intelligence officers need clearer moral guidelines to make correct, quick decisions. Significantly, he believes these guidelines should come from the American public, not from closed-door meetings inside the intelligence community. Fair Play will encourage a broad public debate about the proper moral limits on U.S. intelligence activities.
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List price: $28.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Potomac Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/1/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 306
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Introduction : a career under cover
Philosophical and historical arguments
St. Thomas Aquinas
Veritalis Splendor
U.S. attitudes toward spying
Homosexual blackmail
Trojan horse
False flag
Hit team
Kidnapping and torture by surrogates
Truth serum
Journalism cover
Operational use of journalists
Human rights violators
Torture training
Humanitarian aid worker cover
Missionary cover
Operational use of academics
Prostitute for terrorist
Child prostitute
Terrorist act for Bona Fides
Election tampering
Seduction and compromise
Romeo operations
Coercive pitch
Feeding a drug habit
Kidnapping or killing a defector
Fabricating evidence
Insertion operations
Fake diagnosis
Drugging a foreign diplomat
Press placements
Fabricating academic credentials
Plagiarizing a Ph.D. dissertation
Exposing unwitting person to risk
Kamikaze dolphins
Spying on Americans overseas
Spying on friends
Spying on the United Nations
Industrial espionage
Bribing a foreign government
Tampering with U.S. mail
Protection of code breaking
Breaking a promise to an agent
Unauthorized cover
Bogus websites and chatrooms
Back doors
Biological attack
Forging documents from friendly countries
Collateral damage
Foreign officer visitors
Notes : spying 101
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