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Aldrich Ames Quotes and Sayings

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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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The betrayal of trust carries a heavy taboo.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

Tell the FBI that the kidnappers should pick out a
judge that Nixon wants back.
- William O. Douglas

About five, six FBI agents walked into the courthouse and arrested me.
They said I was being arrested for distribution of
information related to explosives over the Internet.
- Sherman Austin

I think every actor wants to be an FBI or cop at one point.
- Aaron Eckhart

I never initiated nor did the FBI ever initiate any
conversation or correspondence with me.
- John Sherman Cooper

When my nephew was 3 and 4, he would say the most genius things.
He said, You're hammer macho with FBI dogs.
I thought it was just one of those great lines.
- Beck

An FBI agent ought to be able to surf the net and look
for sites that instruct people how to make bombs.
- John Ashcroft

I only knew a few people, literally a handful of people,
al of whom had been in the Party long before I was,
all of whom were known by the FBI and were known to the Committee.
- Edward Dmytryk

Just the minute the FBI begins making recommendations
on what should be done with its information,
it becomes a Gestapo.
- J. Edgar Hoover

Agents need to be free to pursue investigations in ways that they haven't.
There have been restraints that a reformed FBI needs
to make sure we don't impose.
- John Ashcroft

The FBI has long been a part of the security for the
nation's banks because bank robberies have been a priority.
- John Ashcroft

The FBI.
is a massive culture.
It's been a culture that served America well,
and it's been focused on prosecution.
But what we need in terms of terrorism is prevention.
- John Ashcroft

They're - FBI agents are some of the finest people
you'll find anyplace in the country or the world.
And I'm lucky to have the opportunity to work with them.
- Robert Mueller

We need spies that look like their targets,
CIA officers who speak the dialects terrorists use,
and FBI agents who can speak to Muslim women who might be intimidated by men.
- Jane Harman

At one point, I actually, ironically,
thought I might go into criminology and work with the FBI.
- Monica Lewinsky

In the United States, it's the mandate of the FBI to
gather information relating to terrorism,
go out and collect it, to do the interviews,
to do the investigative work.
- Robert Mueller

I regret to say that we of the FBI are powerless to
act in cases of oral-genital intimacy,
unless it has in some way obstructed interstate commerce.
- J. Edgar Hoover

I think among the retired FBI agents there are some
who would not like to see him come back,
but I think the people running the FBI now are interested in catching him.
- Howie Carr

The FBI has had a history of sex discrimination complaints brought against it,
as well as race discrimination.
- Anita Hill

The FBI has always supported big business and big government.
- Leonard Peltier

The new rule says that the FBI has the right to go
to public places on the same terms and conditions as
other members of the public for counter-terrorism purposes.
- John Ashcroft

Good FBI officers are not noticeable.
You would never look at them.
- Ridley Scott

In fact, I had previously helped train one of the FBI
agents who searched my apartment.
- Steven Hatfill

We cannot let our respect for the FBI blind us from
the fact the FBI has sometimes come up short of our expectations.
- Orrin Hatch

This drama between Dean and Ehrlichman took place while
I was trying to give the contents to the FBI.
- Fred F. Fielding

And Louis Freeh was a completely dysfunctional FBI Director,
who was actually waging his own private war against
the Clinton Administration.
- Sidney Blumenthal

I didn't know the organization, but the one thing you can say about the FBI,
it's tremendously professional.
- Robert Mueller

During my work there I came across some very significant
issues that I started reporting in December of 2001
to the mid-level management within the FBI.
- Sibel Edmonds

But we had - I think if you look at law enforcement 10 years ago,
if you look at the challenges, the FBI was focused
excessively on what was happening in the United States.
- Robert Mueller

When we had highly sensitive information,
the DNA on the dress, that was held within our office and the FBI.
There was no dissemination of that information.
- Kenneth Starr

The FBI's principal priority right now is protecting
the United States against another terrorist attack.
- Robert Mueller

I got as much information as I could,
so I wouldn't look stupid, but this is a post 9/11
world and there's only so much you can do with the
FBI in terms of research.
- Aaron Eckhart

I was a prosecutor and an FBI agent for many,
many years.
- Louis Freeh

What I had later learned was that the FBI knew I was
going to New York a couple days after the raid.
- Sherman Austin


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