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Aldrich Ames Quotes and Sayings
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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

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

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 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

 

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

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

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

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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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 betrayal of trust carries a heavy taboo.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CALM IN CHAOS
In the midst of the flurry - clarity.
In the midst of the storm - calm.
In the midst of divided interests - certainty.
In the many roads - a certain choice.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Life is defined more by its contrasts than its samenesses;
Life is defined more by its risks than the many securities.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

A successful marriage requires falling in love many times,
always with the same person.
- Germaine Greer

Truth is not defined by
how many people believe something.
Ask. Question. Think.
Decide - for yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I have the right to love many people at once
and to change my prince often.
- Anais Nin

Just because it's true, I say as often as I can
in as many ways as I can form, "I sure love you."
- Mary Anne Radmacher

I hear many people talk about their longing for a balanced life.
What I think they are really expressing
is a desire for a life with less pressure.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

We know but a few men, a great many coats and breeches.
- Henry David Thoreau

There are not many things in life
so beautiful as true friendship,
and not many things more uncommon.
- Anonymous

However many holy words you read, however many you speak,
what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?
- The Buddha

Many societies have educated their male children
on the simple device of teaching them not to be women.
- Margaret Mead

Each man's life touches so many other lives.
- It's a Wonderful Life (1946 movie)

Life is like dancing.
If we have a big floor, many people will dance.
Some will get angry when the rhythm changes.
But life is changing all the time.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Many persons have a wrong idea of
what constitutes true happiness.
It is not attained through self-gratification
but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
- Helen Keller

"The time has come," the walrus said, "to talk of many things:
of shoes and ships - and sealing wax - of cabbages and kings."
- Lewis Carroll

A man can fail many times,
but he isn't a failure until
he begins to blame somebody else.
- John Burroughs

Too many people overvalue what they are not,
and undervalue what they are.
- Malcolm S. Forbes

Misery nourishes your ego -
that's why you see so many miserable people in the world.
The basic, central point is the ego.
- Osho

There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere,
and many of us will have to pass
through the valley of the shadow of death
again and again before we reach
the mountaintop of our desires.
- Nelson Mandela

There are many answers you have received
but have not yet heard.
- A Course In Miracles

After climbing a great hill,
one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.
- Nelson Mandela

There are as many pillows of illusion
as flakes in a snow-storm.
We wake from one dream into another dream.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

In the midst of the flurry - clarity.
In the midst of the storm - calm.
In the midst of divided interests - certainty.
In the many roads - a certain choice.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The only good luck many great men ever had was
being born with the ability and determination to overcome bad luck.
- Channing Pollock

Too many people spend money they haven't earned,
to buy things they don't want,
to impress people they don't like.
- Will Rogers

How many legs does a dog have
if you call the tail a leg? Four.
Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it a leg.
- Abraham Lincoln

The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions.
- Alfred Adler

Many men go fishing all of their lives
without knowing that it is not fish they are after.
- Henry David Thoreau

Civilization had too many rules for me,
so I did my best to rewrite them.
- Bill Cosby

Why, sometimes I've believed as many as
six impossible things before breakfast.
- Lewis Carroll

Most of the luxuries, and many of the so-called comforts of life
are not only not indispensable,
but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.
- Henry David Thoreau

All the great things are simple,
and many can be expressed in a single word:
freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.
- Winston Churchill

Common looking people are the best in the world:
that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them.
- Abraham Lincoln


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