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u/aboutillegals · 2 pointsr/Intelligence

Markus Wolf, Man without a face About east german intelligence

Ion Pacepa, Red Horizons: The Extraordinary Memoirs of a Communist Spy Chief About rumanian intelligence in the communist era.

He also wrote the Kremlin's legacy, but that is more speculative and about the political changes, still a good book.

Pacepa has a trilogy: The Black Book of the Securitate from 1999, and recently (3 weeks ago) published: Disinformation: Former Spy Chief Reveals Secret Strategy for Undermining Freedom, Attacking Religion, and Promoting Terrorism, but I haven't read these, if anyone has an opinion on them, please share them here or in pm please!

U/animalfarmpig already mentioned Psychology of Intelligence Analysis, but you just can't stress enough the importance of that book, it discusses the very basics of analysis so well, that this should be the first anyone reads and if I may: this book should be at the very top of the suggested reading list.

u/RJLBHT · 5 pointsr/Intelligence

Arthashastra by Kautilya.

This is a really old book, and a lot of the technical terms, such as the denotation of currency, demand some meandering of imagination, but it does make an interesting read. What I found most fascinating about this (some 2000 year old text) is how sophisticated their tactics of surveillance, secrecy and deception were - and the parallels that exist in society today. It helps unearth the principles and techniques from the gizmos.

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u/[deleted] · 2 pointsr/Intelligence

Oh, fuck off. How great could they be if they got caught? James Angleton said it best:

>"You will never read about successful spies in the newspaper or watch them being interviewed on TV talk shows. Only failure makes a spy famous. Success guarantees that the public will never know the spy's name--and neither will the victims who suffered the results of his efforts."

You really have to wonder what's up with with an agency that glamorizes the idea of betraying people's trust for a living. Getting manipulated into doing somebody else's dirty work while being run by a handler is one of the shittier jobs I can imagine--but all the "strategic messaging" being pushed through movies, TV and video games makes being an expendable patsy seem downright awesome.

And when you have serious, well-respected senior defense analysts being script advisers for crappy "comedies" like The Interview? JFC! It's really the icing on the cake. Wisner's Might Wulitzer delivers.

All these fucking Cheese Wizards are really outdoing themselves lately, I tell you what. lol

Recommended reading: The Age of Propaganda: The Everyday Use and Abuse of Persuasion.

>Americans create 57% of the world's advertising while representing only 6% of its population; half of our waking hours are spent immersed in the mass media. Persuasion has always been integral to the democratic process, but increasingly, thoughtful discussion is being replaced with simplistic soundbites and manipulative messages.Drawing on the history of propaganda as well as on contemporary research in social psychology, Age of Propaganda shows how the tactics used by political campaigners, sales agents, advertisers, televangelists, demagogues, and others often take advantage of our emotions by appealing to our deepest fears and most irrational hopes, creating a distorted vision of the world we live in.

Bonus track: George Formby on the MidiTizer: When I'm Cleanin' Windows. lol

u/webdoodle · 1 pointr/Intelligence

Body of Secrets: Anatomy of the Ultra-Secret National Security Agency - (2001) James Bamford

This was the first book I read about the NSA. Up until this point, I knew next to nothing about them. This book did a great job of showing the NSA's systematic crippling of industry encryption standards by infiltration, blackmail, exploitation, politics, etc. Their infiltration of RSA and attempted infiltration of PGP were some of the best parts of the book, as it showed that the NSA was looking beyond code breaking, and specifically at introducing mathematical weaknesses in standard encryption systems.

u/lowearthorbital · 1 pointr/Intelligence

A Century of Spies, by Jeffrey Richelson might be worth checking out. In general, Richelson has done a fair amount of "history of American Intelligence" types of books.

u/drunkenshrew · 1 pointr/Intelligence

This is probably not what you are looking for, but John Stockwell was a CIA officer and the Chief of the Angola Task Force during its 1975 covert operations. He later became a whistleblower. Here a video for those who are interested in what he did for the CIA in Angola.

You probably have both Stockwells book In Search of Enemies and John A. Marcums book Angolan Revolution - Vol. 2: Exile Politics and Guerilla Warfare, 1962-1976.

I believe the footnotes of those books might be helpful.

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u/sanskami · 6 pointsr/Intelligence

You need a British spy to regurgitate what Kevin Trudeau published in 1987 - [Mega Memory] ( Seriously, the article is wholesale ripping off the book and cassette tape publication, which in 1987 wasn't anything new. It does work pretty well though.

Edit - added link

u/mrkoot · 2 pointsr/Intelligence

Recommended reads (note: I tried to be objective/neutral in selection and ordering):

u/LordPigSnake · 1 pointr/Intelligence

thanks, that exactly the book i want. i also found some Disinformation by ex-Romanian spy chief Paceca:

u/nougart_man · 1 pointr/Intelligence

Chinese Inteligence Operations by Nicholas Eftimiades also [the author did an ama] (

And if you are more interested in inteligence history [A Century of Spies:Intelligence in the Twentieth Century. Richelson, Jeffery T.] (

u/refur · 2 pointsr/Intelligence

if you haven't read it already, I'd recommend Fiasco by Thomas Ricks

u/rrggrr · 1 pointr/Intelligence

CIA's Dysfunctional Intelligence Culture

This book goes a long way toward hilariously debunking Snowden's view. The CIA appears to be just as flawed as the rest one would expect of a government entity.

u/LongformLarry · 2 pointsr/Intelligence

Legacy of Ashes by Tim Weiner is the history of the CIA from WWII through anti-terrorist policies post-9/11. Weiner interviewed former CIA bosses but the most attractive part might be the Agency's dismissive review:

"What could have been a serious historical critique illuminating the lessons of the past is undermined by dubious assertions, sweeping judgments based on too few examples, selective or outright misuse of citations, a drama-driven narrative, and a tendentious and nearly exclusive focus on failure that overlooks, downplays, or explains away significant successes."

If that's not a recipe for an entertaining read I don't know what is.

u/CoffeeKazee · 3 pointsr/Intelligence

For anyone really interested in Chinese Intelligence Operations, I'd recommend the $4.62 book by the same name. It is a bit outdated, but goes into China's less-focused, aggregate approach.

I've been trying to get away from manual Google queries for a while now.

I have ~800 sites and Youtube channels I currently monitor for new links/publications/content and I'm trying to integrate more social media. Google killed my SERP scraper, but I'm confident I'll be able to run on my own once I identify every last authority on anything related to SEA/China.

Once I have all of them aggregated and tagged I'll try to figure out a way to disseminate links to the content by publish date, agent, per topic, or references. This weekend I'm working on parsing PDFs->Text which is kind of a pain in the ass, but book Acknowledgements is typically pretty rich for institution/agent phrases.

u/r-habdoglaux · 3 pointsr/Intelligence

I don't know, you could always google "Odebrecht - US Department of Justice" and do some reading. One of the docs said the FBI New York Field Office is conducting the investigation. If you think you have something new, put together the documentation as thoroughly as you can and send it to them here:

26 Federal Plaza, 23rd Floor

New York, NY 10278-0004

(212) 384-1000

It looks like they're being discreet themselves, so who knows. Odds are they're already on it, so I'm not sure getting yourself involved would accomplish anything--but it's your call, not mine.

>well I just don't want to see my country crash and burn im genuinely concerned about what's happening, and I have no idea how to help.

Yep. It sure sucks, doesn't it. You have to remember corruption flourishes because critics are coerced into silence and often lose their lives for it. Oh well, nothing new there:

Dying Every Day: Seneca at the Court of Nero

>Dying Every Day is a portrait of Seneca’s moral struggle in the midst of madness and excess. In his treatises, Seneca preached a rigorous ethical creed, exalting heroes who defied danger to do what was right or embrace a noble death. As Nero’s adviser, Seneca was presented with a more complex set of choices, as the only man capable of summoning the better aspect of Nero’s nature, yet, remaining at Nero’s side and colluding in the evil regime he created.

>Dying Every Day is the first book to tell the compelling and nightmarish story of the philosopher-poet who was almost a king, tied to a tyrant—as Seneca, the paragon of reason, watched his student spiral into madness and whose descent saw five family murders, the Fire of Rome, and a savage purge that destroyed the supreme minds of the Senate’s golden age.

Food for thought. :-|