by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH
crossposted on Buzzflash.com
July 11, 2010
Oh, those Russian, or is it “Russian,” spies. I am channeling my inner John Le Carre. And so may have certain operatives in certain sections of the FBI and the CIA. However, none of us are the master spy thriller writer, so the possible plot becomes something not out of Le Carre, but out of, the FBI? The CIA? The we-ain’t-dead-yet neocons of “the Cold War ain’t over” and “boy do we need Permanent War” genre?
When I first saw the story, it somehow didn’t make sense. Russia plants not moles, because they are found within agencies of the opposing government, preferably in security or foreign policy. Rather they are “sleepers,” plants planted some time ago, to awaken when the time is ripe, at the command of their “control.” But something seemed rather odd from the beginning about these “sleepers.” First of all, they slept in beds that made them seem like ordinary folks, you know with kids, and schools, and Little Leagues, and barbeques and such. Second of all, they weren’t arrested for and charged with actually spying. No, it was “conspiracy ” and “illegal entry” (boy, just think what might happen to them in Arizona, except, I forgot, with one or two exceptions they weren’t Latinos), and “taking on false identities.”