“Ethics for Spies: What Americans Need to Know”
Ethics for spies sounds like an obvious oxymoron, and it certainly generates lots of laughter on first thought. But when people consider the horrific experience of police-states, where spies and other elements of the security services of government turn against the people who pay their salaries, a light dawns that maybe you want your spies to have SOME degree of ethics. When considering foreign intelligence against sometimes lethal enemies, people are even more comfortable with the “all gloves off” or “anything goes” mentality. But that brought us total war in the last century, followed by agonizing efforts to create SOME laws of war like the Geneva Conventions, limits on weapons of mass destruction, prohibitions against torture under ANY circumstance, and other efforts to limit the barbarity of human competitions even under extreme circumstances. Recent history has seen several governments and many attorneys rationalize such limits away. Dr. Andregg has studied spies very closely for over 25 years, published chapters in textbooks and readers for the CIA and Defense Intelligence Agency on ethics for spies, and consults with recovering police-states on how to train and deploy security services that will not turn against their peoples or commit atrocities abroad. He will bring a few thoughts about those topics including targeting killing, psychological operations and the whole nasty toolkit called “tradecraft” for intelligence professionals for our talk on Armistice Day, 2013.
Speaker: Michael Andregg, Ph.D. University of California in Genetics. Dr Andregg teaches at University of St. Thomas and University of Minnesota. Just returned from doing a lecture series in Romania at their National Intelligence Academy.