By Allan W. Dulles
If the specialists might element to any unmarried e-book as a place to begin for realizing the topic of intelligence from the past due 20th century to at the present time, that unmarried e-book will be Allen W. Dulles's The Craft of Intelligence. This vintage of spycraft is predicated on Allen Dulles's incomparable event as a diplomat, foreign attorney, and America's leading intelligence officer. Dulles used to be a high-ranking officer of the CIA's predecessor--the workplace of Strategic Services--and was once current on the inception of the CIA, the place he served 8 of his ten years there as director. right here he sums up what he discovered approximately intelligence from approximately a half-century of expertise in overseas affairs.In international warfare II his OSS brokers penetrated the German international place of work, labored with the anti-Nazi underground resistance, and validated contacts that caused the Nazi army hand over in North Italy. lower than his path the CIA constructed either a committed corps of experts and a complete diversity of latest intelligence units, from the U-2 high-altitude photographic aircraft to minute digital listening and transmitting equipment.Dulles finds a lot approximately how intelligence is accrued and processed, and the way the ensuing estimates give a contribution to the formation of nationwide coverage. He discusses equipment of surveillance, and the usefulness of defectors from adversarial countries. His wisdom of Soviet espionage recommendations is unequalled, and he explains how the Soviet nation safeguard carrier recruited operatives and planted "illegals" in international international locations. He spells out not just the ideas of contemporary espionage but in addition the philosophy and position of intelligence in a loose society threatened by means of worldwide conspiracies.Dulles additionally addresses the Bay of Pigs incident, denying that the 1961 invasion was once in keeping with a CIA estimate renowned Cuban rebellion could happen. This account is enlivened with a wealth of private anecdotes. it's a ebook for readers who search wider realizing of the contribution of intelligence to our nationwide safeguard.
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We have learned the importance of secrecy in time of war, although even then there have been serious indiscretions at times. But it is well to recognize that in the Cold War our adversary takes every advantage of what we divulge or make publicly available. To be sure, with our form of government, and in view of the legitimate interest of the public and the press, it is impossible to erect a wall around the whole business of intelligence, nor do I suggest that this be done. Neither Congress nor the executive branch intended this when the law of 1947 was passed.
S. Court of Claims in which a certain Enoch Totten brought a claim against the government "to recover compensation for services alleged to have been rendered" by a certain William A. Lloyd, "under contract with President Lincoln, made in July 1861, by which he was to proceed South and ascertain the number of troops stationed at different points in the insurrectionary States, procure plans of forts and fortifications . . and report the facts to the President. . Lloyd proceeded . . " At the end of the war he had been paid his expenses but not the salary of $200 a month which Lincoln, according to the claim, had promised him.
However, good information was brought to the Union forces by occasional brave volunteers, most of whom generated their own operations and communications without good advice from anybody. One of these was Lafayette Baker, who posed as an itinerant photographer in the South and made a specialty of visiting Confederate camps in Virginia, taking pictures of the soldiers stationed in them, at the same time gathering valuable military information. He later rose to brigadier general and took 36 charge of the National Detective Police, a sort of precursor of today's secret service.