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Fair play : the moral dilemmas of spying

Author: James M Olson
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Potomac Books, ©2006.
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Olson, James M., 1941-
Fair play.
Washington, D.C. : Potomac Books, c2006
(OCoLC)624474185
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: James M Olson
ISBN: 1574889494 9781574889499
OCLC Number: 67392748
Description: xii, 291 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction : a career under cover --
Philosophical and historical arguments --
Bible --
Aristotle --
Cicero --
St. Thomas Aquinas --
Machiavelli --
Kant --
Realpolitik --
Utilitarianism --
Veritatis Splendor --
U.S. attitudes toward spying --
Scenarios --
1. Homosexual blackmail --
2. Trojan horse --
3. False flag --
4. Hit team --
5. Torture --
6. Kidnapping and torture by surrogates --
7. Truth serum --
8. Journalism cover --
9. Operational use of journalists --
10. Human rights violators --
11. Torture training --
12. Humanitarian aid worker cover --
13. Missionary cover --
14. Operational use of academics --
15. P-sources --
16. Prostitute for terrorist --
17. Child prostitute --
18. Terrorist act for bona fides --
19. Election tampering --
20. Seduction and compromise --
21. Romeo operations --
22. Coercive pitch --
23. Feeding a drug habit --
24. Kidnapping or killing a defector --
25. Fabricating evidence --
26. L-devices --
27. Insertion operations --
28. Fake diagnosis --
29. Drugging a foreign diplomat --
30. Press placements --
31. Fabricating academic credentials --
32. Plagiarizing a Ph.D. dissertation --
33. Exposing unwitting person to risk --
34. Kamikaze dolphins --
35. Spying on Americans overseas --
36. Spying on friends --
37. Spying on the United Nations --
38. Industrial espionage --
39. Bribing a foreign government --
40. Tampering with U.S. mail --
41. Protection of code breaking --
42. Breaking a promise to an agent --
43. Unauthorized cover --
44. Bogus Websites and chatrooms --
45. Back doors --
46. Biological attack --
47. Forging documents from friendly countries --
48. Collateral damage --
49. Foreign officer visitors --
50. Interrogation --
Afterword --
Notes : Spying 101 --
The essential intelligence library --
Commentators.
Responsibility: James M. Olson.
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