ON-Lion Letter
After initial training in the United States, Ishmael Jones spent his Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) career in multiple, consecutive overseas assignments as a deep-cover case officer without benefit of diplomatic immunity.  In dingy hotel rooms, he met alone with weapons scientists, money launderers, and terrorists.

Jones pushed intelligence missions forward while escaping purges within the Agency, active thwarting of operations by bureaucrats, and the ever-present threat of arrests by hostile foreign intelligence services.  He became convinced that the CIA's failure to fulfill its purpose endangers Americans and resigned to make a public case for reform by writing The Human Factor:  Inside the CIA's Dysfunctional Intelligence Culture for Encounter Books, which has released a paperback version of the book with a new preface.

The CIA, Jones shows in The Human Factor, is a broken, Soviet-style bureaucracy with its own agenda:  to consume federal funds, to expand within the U.S., to feign activity, and to enrich current and former employees.  After 9/11, billions of dollars directed by Congress to increase the number of officers working under deep cover on foreign streets have disappeared without the CIA fielding a single, productive officer overseas.  The CIA is not doing its job and must be fixed, he argues.

"There have been some minor, incremental improvements in CIA intelligence collection since The Human Factor first came out" in 2008, Jones writes in the new paperback preface.  "But ultimately, as I stated in the hardcover edition, we will need the window of opportunity opened by the next major intelligence failure to enact real reform."
Encounter Books is an activity of Encounter for Culture and Education, a nonprofit group that is substantially supported by Milwaukee's Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.
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