By John Le Carré

"Haven't you learned that in basic terms appearances matter?"

The British Embassy in Bonn is up in fingers. Her Majesty's financially afflicted executive is looking for admission to Europe's universal industry simply as anti-British factions are emerging to strength in Germany. Rioters are difficult reunification, and the very last thing the Crown can manage to pay for is a scandal. Then Leo Harting—an embassy nobody—goes lacking with a case choked with exclusive records. London sends Alan Turner to manage the wear and tear, yet he quickly realizes that neither part fairly wishes Leo found—alive.
Set opposed to the specter of a German-Soviet alliance, John le Carré's A Small Town in Germany is a wonderful chronicle of chilly battle paranoia and political compromise.

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Ask the right question. It’s not how fast we’ve changed. It’s how fast we’ve changed compared to the world. S. intelligence agencies, determining adaptation failure requires answering three questions: 1. Did senior intelligence officials and policymakers recognize the gravity of the threat posed by al Qaeda before September 11, and, if so, when? 2. S. intelligence agencies? 3. To what extent did they achieve the organizational changes they believed were necessary? The answers appear to be yes, yes, and not very much.

94 Even some of those responsible for setting priorities agreed. ”95 Despite calls to vastly upgrade human intelligence efforts, the CIA’s clandestine Directorate of Operations continued to languish. After the Cold War, money was in short supply for all intelligence needs, and the clandestine service was particularly hard hit. S. S. ”99 In addition, the 1995 guidelines restricting recruitment of foreign assets remained in place until after September 11. Personnel problems also continued. S. 101 The Joint Inquiry’s findings are consistent with these assessments.

Counterterrorism efforts. S. 59 27 CHAPTER 2 These were not throwaway reports, but detailed, serious examinations of a variety of intelligence and counterterrorism issues. 62 All twelve reports offered not only extensive discussion of key problems, but specific recommendations to fix them. S. 1). It is worth noting that these studies addressed a wide range of topics and covered vastly different ground; not all of them gave the Intelligence Community the same level of attention. S. Intelligence, and the National Institute for Public Policy— focused exclusively on intelligence issues.

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