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The Resource Fair play : the moral dilemmas of spying, James M. Olson

Fair play : the moral dilemmas of spying, James M. Olson

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Fair play : the moral dilemmas of spying
Title
Fair play
Title remainder
the moral dilemmas of spying
Statement of responsibility
James M. Olson
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "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."--Publisher's website
  • "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."--Publisher's website
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DLC
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1941-
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Olson, James M.
Dewey number
172/.4
Index
index present
LC call number
JK468.I6
LC item number
O47 2006
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Espionage
  • Espionage
  • Intelligence service
  • United States
Label
Fair play : the moral dilemmas of spying, James M. Olson
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-268) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
67392748
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xii, 291 pages
Isbn
9781574889499
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2006012890
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
9781574889499
Label
Fair play : the moral dilemmas of spying, James M. Olson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-268) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
67392748
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xii, 291 pages
Isbn
9781574889499
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2006012890
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
9781574889499

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