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The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Angleton

by Jefferson Morley CIA spymaster James Angleton was one of the most powerful unelected officials in the United States government in the mid-20th century, a ghost of American power. From World War II to the Cold War, Angleton operated beyond

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Hiding CIA Operations: The Attack on Khowst

Khowst

by Douglas Laux Attack on Khowst Forward Operating Base Chapman was located just outside the town of Khowst, in an area controlled by the Taliban, close to the border with Pakistan. Named after Special Forces sergeant Nathan Chapman—the first US

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Life of a CIA Polygrapher: Ready Aim…. Part 2

Life of Lies and Spies, Airport Security

by Alan Trabue Chapter 1: Ready Aim…. Part 2 I watched another soldier approach to assist the screaming soldier who seemed ready to shoot me. The two spoke excitedly. The second soldier started poking around the contents of my opened

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Life of a CIA Polygrapher: Ready Aim…. Part 1

Life of Lies and Spies;

by Alan Trabue Chapter 1: Ready Aim…. Part 1 The day was supposed to be a routine travel day between CIA offices, a simple one-hour flight from the international airport in a Southeast Asian capital city to another city up-country.

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The Evolution of CIA Polygraphy: 1972 to the Present

Christopher Boyce; CIA Polygraphy

by Alan B. Trabue Writing my memoir, A Life of Lies and Spies: Tales of a CIA Covert Ops Polygraph Interrogator, caused me to reflect on the scope of changes to the polygraph program I encountered during my forty-year CIA

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