Thursday, September 27, 2007

Book Review True Believer by Carmichael

This book is a rather interesting book about the capture of Cuban spy Ana Montes. The author is 1005 correct that the case generated no publicity. Montes was removed from her job ten days after 9-11. The USA could not allow Montes to endanger the lives of Americans in the upcomming war with Afghanistan.

Montes treasonous activities were motivated by her communist political views. This is yet another example of why communists should be prohibited from working in the government and under scrutiny of law enforcement.

The book gives one an inside look at a real investigation. Conducting security related interviews is a tough task and much of the job often is subtle. As a fellow investigator, I appreciate the difficulties presented by the author. The book also details how the government works from an insiders view.

Beamish in 08


Anonymous said...

The author recently gave a talk at the Spy Museaum in DC that was on C-SPAN where he talks about confronting Ana Montes.

She passed all her poly's.

Ducky's here said...

Wow, there are spies in America. Who knew.

Thanks for being on the leading edge, Beak. Spies, I never would have known it.

Love the way you downplay Pollard.

beakerkin said...


Spies are trained how to beat those tests. I am not a fan of polygraphs. I took one in the fashion industry. I had the option of declining but insisted on taking the same test as the employees.The tests are useless.

beakerkin said...


Lets see Pollard was accused of spying for an ally and Montes gave information of a Country we were fighting in the Cold War.Montes crime is far more serious.

Moreover Commies are quite fond of questioning the loyalty of Jews. However, the record of Commies like Montes betraying their country is overwhelming.

Montes deserves the death penalty and unlike Polard did not co-operate with investigators and is unrepentant.

Anonymous said...

Montes was a "model analyst"... hard working, smart, and very "promotable".

Mr. Beamish the Kakistocrat said...


You see a surveillance photo of my house, I see angles, shadows, and light refractions that tell me how far away the camera was and what time the picture was taken.

That's an analogy of the nature of the information Pollard gave away. Not what America knew, but how we knew it. Pollard compromised source collection intelligence operations throughout the Middle East. Period.

Not as badly as the crimes of Aldrich Ames and Robert Hanssen that he was made patsy for at the time, but the real, percieved as well as imaginable damage to our overseas intel sources one could reverse-engineer from the raw information Pollard did gave away was enough to put him away for life. The tragic thing about Pollard's conviction is that he should have never been given access to that information in the first place - his security clearance wasn't high enough. Everything he "took" was signed out to him by someone who isn't serving time at all. Angels protect drunks and fuck ups, I guess.