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on August 31, 2009
If you are looking for an insight into counterintelligence operations... This Book Is It!

"Thwarting Enemies At Home And Abroad" will give you an inside look at how counterintelligence agents really do their jobs. You will learn how counterintelligence is different from security and different from law enforcement, and you will learn where these areas overlap.

The book explains collection, collation, and indexing, and how to develop counterintelligence databases. It explains how agents are recruited and run, and how they are safeguarded. And... it explains how to manage security of your operations.

Overall this book is very informative and yet still easy to read and understand.

Highly Recommended.

*** Contents ***
1. What Is Counterintelligence?
2. Who Goes Into Counterintelligence, and Why?
3. Conflicting Goals: Law Enforcement versus Manipulation
4. The Support Apparatus
5. Interrogation: How It Really Works
6. How To Manage The Polygraph
7. How To Manage Physical Surveillance
8. How To Manage Technical Surveillance
9. Double Agents: What They Are Good For
10. Double Agents: How To Get And Maintain A Stable
11. Double Agents: Feeding And Care
12. Double Agents: Passing Information to the Enemy
13. Moles in the Enemy's Garden: Your Best Weapon
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VINE VOICEon October 25, 2006
I have written this for people who want to know what counterintelligence is, not what it ought to be, and for people who may be interested in it as a trade or profession.

The book is about what professional intelligence officers call "tradecraft", specifically the craft used in the trade of counterintelligence. It is not about politics or policy or communism or anticommunism or justice in the Third World or human rights or religion, although these affect the trade of counterintelligence just as they do the trade of stock-brokering or oil exploration or journalism. They will be mentioned occasionally, and my concerns about them will be evident, but only as they are elements of the enviroment in which counterintelligence functions.

My thirty-odd years working in counterintelligence have all been spent as an American official, but I have worked much of that time with the counterintelligence officers of other countries. I believe this book will be useful to readers not only in the United States but also in other countries allied with the U.S. and in some non-allied, non-hostile, where espionage and terrorism occur.

To illustrate various points I have cited many actual cases. Some of these have been written about publicly elsewhere, with varying degrees of accuracy, and some have not. Those which have not yet come to the attention of journalists, historians or writers of fictional documentaries I have altered (in counterintelligence jargon, "sanitized") by changing names, dates and places. I have done this to protect myself and to protect what American law calls "sources and methods" from hostile action. I have made some changes and deleted some material at the request of the American Central Intelligence Agency, which has reviewed the contents patiently, promptly and thoughtfullly. What I know about the spy business I learned as an official under oath to my government, and therefore what facts I know about the spy business are the government's property, not mine. The opinions are my own, and CIA neither endorses nor condemns them.

--- from book's Introduction
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on January 25, 2009
People have mistaken ideas about what counterintelligence is all about. This book is the clearest, most direct write-up of the nuts and bolts of spy catching and protecting on-going operations that I have read. I fear that over the last few years many of our intelligence professionals have lost some of the skills described in this book and I urge both current and would-be future intelligence officers to read this text.

Yes, the book is a bit dated. The author was an "Angleton" (not a totally good thing) but he definitely knows how to explain a complex issue in terms anyone can understand. I will be using this book with my undergraduate and graduate intelligence classes.
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on August 24, 2012
The book is one of the best I have read of counterintelligence. The author has a unique way of explaining details and does not give you a reason to put the book down. It is easy to read, without out the long list of terminology that normal adherers to this environment. The author goes into detail into the many facets of the CI officer of not only what they are used for but what they do. If you interested in this subject matter, then this is one book you should read.
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on September 24, 2014
Whether you're studying the subject for the profession or just curious about the work of Counterintelligence, this is the book for you! It is required reading for a class I'm taking, and I found it the most interesting "textbook" I've ever had. It's an authoritative publication by an extraordinary and experienced man, but it is written in a very easy-to-read style involving real-life applications and a conversational tone. It is not unbearably long, nor is it too short to be informative. I can't emphasize enough how well the manner lends to the credibility of the information. I never found the reading tedious. In fact, I found it fun.
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on March 14, 2010
What a cool little book! I'd subtitle it 'The Case Officer's Primer.' Johnson is an engaging, even teasing writer. It's obvious all you're getting is the surface stuff, but this is still the best book I've come across on the routine management of intelligence work. It focuses on 'double agents' and defectors and how to handle them, but the practical insights into the day-to-day work of a Case Officer, from mundane to occasionally chilling, and from management to spycraft, are only infrequently described elsewhere, and never in such an entertaining style.
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on May 16, 2016
Perhaps the author was an eminence in his field, but the book seems like a brief description af all James Bond movies. I know that reading this book wouldn't make anyone a CI officer, but truth be told, don't waste your time or your money, unless you don't have something better to do.
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on May 29, 2013
The book covers a lot of old techniques, particularly with regard to technical equipment. Some of the stories were interesting and the personnel exploitation/interrogation techniques were likely still relevant; if not common sense.

Overall, an alright book for someone who knows nothing, but you don't expect any revelations.
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on March 31, 2013
This book is not going to turn you into a Counterintellegence expert; however, it you don't or haven't worked in the field, you absolutely will learn something. It presents information in very digestable ways.
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on June 23, 2014
Not very expansive, more a psychological pamphlet on how to break laws (stealing stuff) and getting used being a criminal. The part about getting used to lying to your colleagues for the greater good was funny. You could learn this stuff in the county lock up too.
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