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Aldrich Ames Quotes

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

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

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

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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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

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

Foreign Ministry guys don't become agents.
Party officials, the Foreign Ministry nerds,
tend not to volunteer to Western intelligence agencies.
- 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 use of the polygraph has done little more than create confusion,
ambiguity and mistakes.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Because I believe that humans are computers,
I conjectured that computers, like people,
can have left- and right-handed versions.
- Philip Emeagwali

Why has it seemed that the only way to protect the
environment is with heavy-handed government regulation?
- Gale Norton

So I show appreciation for the little gifts that have been handed to me.
- Terrence Howard

I've had a normal life, but I have struggled to get here.
It hasn't been handed to me and it hasn't been easy.
- Ashley Tisdale

My manager said it would more effective against left-handed hitters.
It seemed to me that was impossible to do without the high leg kick,
which I started that day.
- Juan Marichal

The last time when I handed over information was in February or March 1949.
- Klaus Fuchs

Once at the White House I was asked to conduct the Drum and Bugle Corp.
The man just handed me the baton and I finished the song.
It was great.
I got to keep the baton.
- Dom DeLuise

I'm used to being in the minority.
I'm a left-handed gay Jew.
I've never felt, automatically, a member of any majority.
- Barney Frank

I had to learn how to become a real actor,
I had to suffer and be rejected and face that 100 times just like every actor.
It wasn't like someone handed it to me.
- Donnie Wahlberg

I didn't know Albert back then - I just learned to play that way.
He and I were the only guys that played left-handed.
Then left-handed people came from every direction.
- Otis Rush

The Moon Cannot Be Stolen:
A thief entered the little hut of a Zen Master,
but discovered there was nothing to steal.
The Zen Master discovered the thief.
"You have come a long way to visit me," he told the prowler,
"and you should not return empty-handed.
Please take my clothes as a gift."
The thief was bewildered,
but he took the clothes and slunk away.
The Zen Master sat naked, watching the moon.
"Poor fellow," he mused,
"I wish I could have given him this beautiful moon."
- Traditional Zen Koan

Good-looking people with strong, fluoridated teeth
get things handed to them on platters.
- Doug Coupland

There are atheists and Christians, and there are people
in both groups who are a little too heavy-handed.
- Andy Dick

Meyer and I have a bit in common because we're both left-handed.
I think it's great that he seeks out that advice because
he's not too cool or too uncomfortable to ask for it.
- Barry Zito

Fame lost its appeal for me when I went into a public
restroom and an autograph seeker handed me a pen and
paper under the stall door.
- Marlo Thomas

In my case, things have pretty much been handed to me.
- Ethel Merman

I couldn't stop looking at the award when I received it.
It was as if my whole career flashed in front of me,
from beginning to the moment I was handed the Golden Globe.
- Sharon Stone

I've always tried to be fair, even-handed,
not an advocate for any group.
- Dan Rather

These years of the Ecole Normale were an ordeal.
Nothing was handed to me on the first try.
- Jacques Derrida

Continental directors, as opposed to British and American,
tend to be somewhat high-handed in their approach.
- Donald Pleasence

But you're not necessarily ever going to be handed
a script where you can say:
it's all done and perfect.
- Alison Lohman

The life history of the individual is first and foremost
an accommodation to the patterns and standards traditionally
handed down in his community.
- Ruth Benedict

Toots said to me, 'I gotta hand it to him,
thought, when he got into the big money,
he came by and handed me the cash, saying,
'Here's what I'm sure I owe you.'
- Audrey Meadows

Some people with awful cards can be successful because
of how they deal with the tragedies they're handed,
and that seems courageous to me.
- Judith Guest

I handed my passport to the immigration officer,
and he looked at it and looked at me and said,
"What are you?"
- Grace Hopper

I was the most powerful left-handed hitter in the Alameda area.
- Willie Stargell

I am a lefty, though I bat right-handed...
When I was a kid I pitched, played first,
outfield and shortstop as well.
Now it's mainly softball with some friends.
- Josh Charles

I was handed a chocolate bar and an M-1 rifle and told to go kill Hitler.
- Jack Kirby

American politics used to be an amateur sport.
But somewhere along the way, we handed over to professionals
all the things people used to do for free.
- Bob Schieffer

Yes, I'm a real fighter.
But I often ended up empty-handed.
- Hugo Pratt

How natural that the errors of the ancient should be handed down and,
mixing with the principles and system which Christ taught,
give to us an adulterated Christianity.
- Olympia Brown

Basically, what you really want to do is try to engage
the viewer's body relation to his thinking and walking and looking,
without being overly heavy-handed about it.
- Richard Serra

Civilization is not a spontaneous generation with any
race or nation known to history,
but the torch to be handed down from race to race from age to age.
- Kelly Millar


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