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

By Alan B. Trabue

Alan Trabue selected a strange, harmful method to make a residing. In a lifetime of Lies and Spies, Trabue exposes the usually perilous global of polygraphing overseas spies in help of CIA espionage courses. He recounts his amazing, 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 automobile chase, blown clandestine conferences, surreptitious room searches, tear-gassing via rebel police, and confrontations with desktop gun-armed infantrymen. Liberally sprinkled with aspect anecdotes-such as debriefing an agent notwithstanding a torturous swarm of mosquitoes in a jungle shack-Trabue's tale highlights either the humor and the intrinsic threat of engaging in CIA covert activities.

Writing from a special viewpoint framed via his unusual durability and huge adventure, for which he was once provided the occupation Intelligence Medal, Trabue's memoir unveils the CIA's use of polygraph and interrogation to validate recruited spies' bona fides and knowledge got via their acts of espionage.

The principal Intelligence enterprise has no longer authorized, recommended or approved this ebook or using the CIA identify, seal or initials

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Detail how each ailment corresponded to a particular deity or demon and required an individual remedy. If I were a Babylonian with a toothache, I would know that it was caused by the sucking of a primal demon-worm. When the worm was first created, a god offered her some nice food to eat, but the worm rejected the food, saying, “What are a ripe fig and an apple to me? ” The worm’s request was granted, but she was cursed for her bloodthirstiness. Invoking the curse by reciting the story of the worm’s creation three times over a poultice of beer, oil, and a (now-unidentifiable) plant and applying it to the tooth would cause the toothache to resolve.

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