The misery of intelligence work

Def Con 24 – August 6, 2016

Talk doesn’t get rolling until 7:00

Behind the scenes at a conference of professional spooks, a talk by Richard Thieme.

Alcoholism, divorce, suicide – the fruits of doing intelligence work for the Security State.


“We do not really know who we work for most of the time.”

“I’m sure some of you have received paychecks from organizations are not really the ones really paying the bills.”

“They find themselves somewhere in the middle of the military industrial complex and not knowing how they got there.”

“Some of us are scared shitless about the implications of the work we’re doing.”

“The National Security State permeates all of society.”

“He didn’t want to know the answer. He wanted to go to war.”

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