Thursday, July 8, 2010


With all the recent rigmarole about spies in the news, it occurred to me these masks would be just the thing for them to implement. You couldn't miss them that way.

Our attitude toward spies depends on who they're spying for, doesn't it? If they're our spies, then they're patriots. If they're the other fellow's spies then they're no good, evil bad guys.

Spying is one of the world's oldest professions, other notions not-withstanding. I can see a neanderthal chickie babe sauntering into camp to scope out the neighboring group's hunting grounds. Later on, no doubt some hunter/gatherer type followed the hunters, hoping to score food and skins for his tribe.

I believe it's the word spy that we find so offensive. Really, all they're gathering is information. Maybe we should call them information engineers. Hmmm. Russian information engineers. There now. See that doesn't sound nearly as bad.

Information Engineer could be a respectable career goal. Colleges could add it to their curricula. I wonder how many credits it would require. What sorts of classes would there be? Hiding in plain sight? How to manage a secret camera? Seducing your target? Sleeping in the enemy's backyard?

Spying must be a difficult career choice. What do you tell your grandchildren when they ask what kind of job you had? Information Engineer just sounds better.

So what do you think? Have we heard the last of the latest information engineer scandal? Or are there more of them waiting to be discovered?



  1. I think in today's atmosphere of having to take steps to insure that our own personal information is safe we look at these situations and think "what next".

  2. I'm in favor of the old fashioned, "Intelligence Operative." SOunds classy--very James Bond.