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Aldrich Ames Quotes

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Deciding whether to trust or credit a person is always an uncertain task.
- Aldrich Ames

I'm a traitor, but I don't consider myself a traitor.
- Aldrich Ames

I handed over names and compromised so many CIA agents in the Soviet Union.
- Aldrich Ames

The betrayal of trust carries a heavy taboo.
- Aldrich Ames

 

The resistance of policy-makers to intelligence is
not just founded on an ideological presupposition.
They distrust intelligence sources and intelligence
officials because they don't understand what the real problems are.
- Aldrich Ames

When I handed over the names and compromised so many
CIA agents in the Soviet Union,
I had come to the conclusion that the loss of these sources to the U.S.
would not compromise significant national defense,
political, diplomatic interests.
- Aldrich Ames

The use of the polygraph has done little more than create confusion,
ambiguity and mistakes.
- Aldrich Ames

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There are so many things a large intelligence espionage
organization can do to justify its existence,
that people can get promotions for, because it could result in results.
- Aldrich Ames

Let's say a Soviet exchange student back in the '70s
would go back and tell the KGB about people and places
and things that he'd seen and done and been involved with.
This is not really espionage; there's no betrayal of trust.
- Aldrich Ames

The national security state has many unfair and cruel weapons in its arsenal,
but that of junk science is one which can be fought and perhaps defeated.
- Aldrich Ames

When Reagan was elected, I felt that the Agency had
gone much more into the service of a political tendency
in the country with which I had already felt very strong disagreement.
- Aldrich Ames

The Soviet Union did not achieve victory over the West,
so was my information inadequate to help them to victory,
or did it play no particular role in their failure to achieve victory?
- Aldrich Ames

We had periodic crises in this country when the technical
intelligence didn't support the policy.
We had the bomber gap, the missile gap.
- Aldrich Ames

I said in court a long time ago that I didn't see that
the Soviet Union was significantly helped by the information I gave them,
nor that the United States was significantly harmed.
- Aldrich Ames

Because interrogations are intended to coerce confessions,
interrogators feel themselves justified in using their coercive means.
Consistency regarding the technique is not important;
inducing anxiety and fear is the point.
- Aldrich Ames

I knew quite well, when I gave the names of our agents in the Soviet Union,
that I was exposing them to the full machinery of counterespionage and the law,
and then prosecution and capital punishment.
- Aldrich Ames

You might as well ask why a middle-aged man with no
criminal record might put a paper bag over his head and rob a bank.
I acted out of personal desperation.
- Aldrich Ames

The difficulties of conducting espionage against the
Soviet Union in the Soviet Union were such that historically
the Agency had backed away from the task.
- Aldrich Ames

Foreign Ministry guys don't become agents.
Party officials, the Foreign Ministry nerds,
tend not to volunteer to Western intelligence agencies.
- Aldrich Ames

The human spy, in terms of the American espionage effort,
had never been terribly pertinent.
- Aldrich Ames

By the late '70s I had come to question the point of
a great deal of what we were doing,
in terms of the CIA's overall charter.
- Aldrich Ames

The U.S.
is, so far as I know, the only nation which places
such extensive reliance on the polygraph.
It has gotten us into a lot of trouble.
- Aldrich Ames

When I got the money, the whole burden descended on me,
and the realization of what I had done.
And it led me then to make the further step,
a change of loyalties.
- Aldrich Ames

No one's interested really in knowing what policies
or diplomatic initiatives or arms negotiations might
have been compromised by me.
- Aldrich Ames

Perhaps my information hurt the Soviet Union more than it helped.
I have no idea.
It was not something I ever discussed with the KGB
officers that I was dealing with.
- Aldrich Ames

In my professional work with the Agency,
by the late '70s, I had come to question the value
of a great deal of what we were doing,
in terms of the intelligence agency's impact on American policy.
- Aldrich Ames

I saw a limit to what I was giving as kind of a scam
I was running on the KGB,
by giving them people that I knew were their double agents fed to us.
- Aldrich Ames

The FBI, to its credit in a self-serving sort of way,
rejects the routine use of the polygraph on its own people.
- Aldrich Ames

I could have stopped it after they paid me the $50,000.
I wouldn't even have had to go on to do more than I already had:
just the double agents' names that I gave.
- Aldrich Ames

To the extent that I considered the personal burden
of harming the people who had trusted me,
plus the Agency, or the United States,
I wasn't processing that.
- Aldrich Ames

I came into the Agency with a set of ideas and attitudes
that were quite typical of people coming into the Agency at that time.
You could call it liberal anti-communism.
- Aldrich Ames

I found that our Soviet espionage efforts had virtually never,
or had very seldom, produced any worthwhile political
or economic intelligence on the Soviet Union.
- Aldrich Ames

My little scam in April '85 went like this:
Give me $50,000;
here's some names of some people we've recruited.
- Aldrich Ames

Espionage, for the most part, involves finding a person
who knows something or has something that you can induce
them secretly to give to you.
That almost always involves a betrayal of trust.
- Aldrich Ames

Our Soviet espionage efforts had virtually never,
or had very seldom, produced any worthwhile political
or economic intelligence on the Soviet Union.
- Aldrich Ames

The only thing I ever withheld from the KGB were the
names of two agents whom I personally had known and
handled and had a particular feeling for.
- Aldrich Ames

Historians don't really like to carry on speculative debates,
but you could certainly argue that the likelihood of
a Soviet invasion of Western Europe was extremely,
extremely low.
- Aldrich Ames

An espionage organization is a collector:
it collects raw information.
That gets processed by a machinery that is supposed
to resolve its reliability,
and to present a finished product.
- Aldrich Ames

Government exists to protect us from each other.
Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding
to protect us from ourselves.
- Ronald Reagan

By that time I was hooked on a career in academic research
instead of one in the pharmaceutical industry that
I had originally considered in deciding to get a PhD.
- Paul Berg

Well, for me it really wasn't a case of deciding to be an astronaut.
- Duane G. Carey

To the extent that the judicial profession becomes
the daily routine of deciding cases on the most secure
precedents and the narrowest grounds available,
the judicial mind atrophies and its perspective shrinks.
- Irving R. Kaufman

You can hesitate before deciding, but not once the decision is made.
- Jose Bergamin

The pull, the attraction of history,
is in our human nature.
What makes us tick? Why do we do what we do? How much
is luck the deciding factor?
- David McCullough

Really, life is complicated enough without having a
bunch of Senators deciding what we should do in the
privacy of our own homes.
- Barbara Boxer

Our criteria for deciding what's good and what's bad is very fickle,
especially in this country.
- Roberta Flack

Setting a goal is not the main thing.
It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan.
- Tom Landry

Before deciding to retire, stay home for a week and
watch the daytime TV shows.
- Bill Copeland

There's no worse crime in journalism these days than
simply deciding something's a story because Drudge links to it.
- Chuck Todd

I carried out my orders until arrested.
I had no sense that I was spying, and I ask that this
be taken into account in deciding my verdict.
- Witold Pilecki

It really came down to deciding between baseball and soccer.
Soccer won out because I enjoyed it more.
- Brian McBride

A group of politicians deciding to dump a President
because his morals are bad is like the Mafia getting
together to bump off the Godfather for not going to church on Sunday.
- Russell Baker

Divisions of the kind were fashionable at that time,
and it was so easy to stifle one's need to help by
deciding that help could neither be accepted nor understood.
- Janet Frame

Deciding on when to kick is crucial and depends on
how the race is unfolding.
- Michael East

I'm mad at Hank Aaron for deciding to play one more season.
I threw him his last home run and thought I'd be remembered forever.
Now, I'll have to throw him another.
- Bill Lee

I maintain that the House is bound by the Constitution
to receive the petitions;
after which,
it will take such method of deciding upon them as reason
and principle shall dictate.
- Caleb Cushing

A human being is a deciding being.
- Viktor E. Frankl

I'm very much a traditionalist, but I think it's important
to know about tradition so that you can evolve the
music you are deciding to make.
- Chely Wright

Living is a constant process of deciding what we are going to do.
- Jose Ortega y Gasset

I found the right man, got married, and just had to
keep not reinventing myself,
just deciding that it doesn't matter what you are if you are a good person.
- Lisa Kudrow

I love the early process of asking questions about
a story and deciding which questions matter most.
- Diane Sawyer

Even better, there were established two separate committees
deciding on state film funding.
- Andrzej Wajda

Focus is a matter of deciding what things you're not going to do.
- John Carmack

Ninety percent of politics is deciding whom to blame.
- Meg Greenfield

One thing young people have to always keep in mind
when deciding what they want to do with their lives is,
is it fun? Is it something that I'm interested in? Is it something I enjoy?
- Bob Schieffer

While there are many obstacles that deter students from going to college,
finances by no means should be the deciding factor.
- Bobby Scott

Executive ability is deciding quickly and getting somebody else to do the work.
- Earl Nightingale

The quality of your work, in the long run,
is the deciding factor on how much your services are valued by the world.
- Orison Swett Marden

Smoking calms me down.
It's enjoyable.
I don't want politicians deciding what is exciting in my life.
- David Hockney

One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want
is that we never direct our focus;
we never concentrate our power.
Most people dabble their way through life,
never deciding to master anything in particular.
- Tony Robbins

They meant abnormal.
Divisions of the kind were fashionable at that time,
and it was so easy to stifle one's need to help by
deciding that help could neither be accepted nor understood.
- Janet Frame


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