A Life of Lies and Spies: Tales of a CIA Covert Ops by Alan B. Trabue

By Alan B. Trabue

Alan Trabue selected a extraordinary, risky technique to make a residing. In a lifetime of Lies and Spies, Trabue exposes the usually perilous international of polygraphing international spies in aid of CIA espionage courses. He recounts his outstanding, true-life globe-trotting adventures, from his induction within the CIA in 1971 to directing the CIA's world-wide covert ops polygraph program.

A lifetime of Lies and Spies brings readers into the high-stakes global of covert operations and the hunt to discover deceit, that includes a high-speed motor vehicle chase, blown clandestine conferences, surreptitious room searches, tear-gassing via rebel police, and confrontations with computer gun-armed infantrymen. Liberally sprinkled with facet anecdotes-such as debriefing an agent even though a torturous swarm of mosquitoes in a jungle shack-Trabue's tale highlights either the humor and the intrinsic chance of accomplishing CIA covert activities.

Writing from a special point of view framed by means of his unusual toughness and huge event, for which he used to be presented the profession Intelligence Medal, Trabue's memoir unveils the CIA's use of polygraph and interrogation to validate recruited spies' bona fides and data received via their acts of espionage.

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So my future was already secure when I received Caltech's rejection letter, which hurt but didn't surprise me. They had no way of knowing that I had become more interested in studying genetics than birds. They also expected their students to do well in math. Last to arrive was a letter from Harvard offering acceptance but no financial aid for tuition or living costs. I was in no sense disappointed, as there was no one on its faculty truly interested in the gene. During my last quarter, I registered for the simpler of the two departmental organic chemistry courses, the one for pre-meds as opposed to future scientists.

Somewhat downcasting were the results of my two IQ tests, discovered by stealthy looks at teachers’ desktops. 1 got more encouragement from my reading comprehension scores, which placed me at the top of my class. I graduated from grammar school in June 1941, just after Germany invaded Russia. By then Churchill had joined Roosevelt as a hero of mine, and on most evenings we listened to Edward R. Murrow reporting from London on the CBS news. That summer was broken by my first time away from my family, going by train for two weeks in August to Owasippe Scout Reservation in Michigan above Muskegon on the White River.

With my interest in birds drawing me toward a career in biology, I was disappointed when I got yet another B on the comprehensive exam that August. My progress toward a concentration in science did not reflect any dislike of the second-year surveys in the humanities or social sciences. In fact, both these classes left lasting memories of inspired teaching. Of all my instructors, the Trinity College-trained Irish classicist David Greene would bring me closest to Hutchins's idea of great teaching.

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