Espying the spies
Sources : The Economic Times
Date of Publishing:05/06/2010
Location : Kolkata
MILITARY intelligence," opined that wise sage called Groucho Marx, "is a contradiction in terms". Recent events seem to suggest Marx got it quite right. The whole point to this spying stuff is that it is supposed to make us feel more secure. The logic goes that since we spy on them and they spy on us, we all understand each other a tad better, and we all feel secure.
Pretty idiotic as a line of thinking, it would seem. Why not, one can suggest, just use Google instead? The saving grace is that there’s some fun in all this. Take a look at some of the intelligence characters who’ve been caught out recently. Some among this gang of almost a dozen Russian spies who were nabbed in the US, far from being secretive, apparently put up racy photos on social networking sites. So farcical is the episode that Russians aver this was some sort of US intelligence cover up. Perhaps the massive oil spill. Even agencies with a great, or infamous, reputation seem to be bungling.
Witness the Mossad hit on the Hamas character in Dubai, some 25 of these operatives managing to be captured on something like a hundred CCTV cameras. And the way the Dubai police quickly unravelled the whole plot actually seemed to suggest that real intelligence seems to have shifted Arabwards. And, in case you think this was a oneoff incident, the Lebanese police, which critics often refer to as being better at hummus competitions than policing, seems to be busting one Mossad spy ring after another. Around 120 spies have reportedly been arrested till now. So much for the hush-hush stuff!
Then, take our very own female spy in the embassy in Pakistan. The modus operandi was to just walk into rooms one wasn’t suppose to enter and try and chat with higher officials about things one wasn’t supposed to be concerned about. Some cleverness, that! US defence secretary Robert Gates was once asked about the last time there was good intelligence on the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden, "I think it’s been years," he replied.
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