The Communist menace ended a decade ago. You'd think all the spies would have come in from the cold, but espionage is big business these days. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, how to join the CIA — and why intelligence is still an honorable calling. Also, spooks on the Internet. And Harriet the Spy — the fifth-graders' idol.
Robert Steele, former CIA Clandestine Service agent and founder of Open Source Solutions, Inc. tells Judith Strasser that most of the information agents collect secretly can be found openly and without treachery. He says the intelligent analysis of commonly available information is more valuable than stolen secrets.SEGMENT 2:
Peter Earnest was a career officer in the CIA's Clandestine Service. He tells Steve Paulson why we still need an intelligence service and talks about his own experiences as an agent. Also, Judith Strasser explores the CIA's approach to recruiting and how it has changed since the end of the cold war. Included are comments from Peter Earnest, Gil Medeiros, Director of Recruitment for the CIA, and Robert Steele.SEGMENT 3:
Novelist Joseph Kanon talks with Jim Fleming about "The Prodigal Spy," his spy novel concerning the effects of a betrayal during the McCarthy era. Also, Kathleen Horning, librarian with the Cooperative Children's Book Center at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, tells Judith Strasser about "Harriet the Spy" by Louise Fitzhugh. We also hear a clip from the movie.Cassette copies are available at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 99-02-28-A.
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