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Online rangerrebew

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« on: July 22, 2014, 06:39:22 AM »
"Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim tribute to patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness -- these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. . . . reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principles."
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« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2014, 08:52:51 AM »
I've said many times in here that....that must be the reason John Boehner and yes, even Harry Reid are being 'controlled'....let alone the countless so-called big donors and business owners.

We've wondered in here, just why Lindsey Graham has gone rogue, for example.

Everybody has something they wouldn't want the general public to know about them.

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« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2014, 10:04:46 PM »
One wonders if they had anything on John Roberts to "persuade" him to change his vote on the ObamaCare decision...

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« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2014, 10:08:39 PM »
One wonders if they had anything on John Roberts to "persuade" him to change his vote on the ObamaCare decision...

Based on what?  This article??

Bit of a stretch, but it's your call......

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« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2014, 10:16:11 PM »
as far as I know, blackmail has always been part and parcel of the spy's tradecraft:  find someone in the right place with access to the right info, and a weakness to exploit, and with the threat of a little blackmail that someone becomes a source.  Not nearly as good as turning that person, so they willingly provide the info, but a very useful second-best nonetheless.

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« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2014, 05:15:02 AM »
as far as I know, blackmail has always been part and parcel of the spy's tradecraft:  find someone in the right place with access to the right info, and a weakness to exploit, and with the threat of a little blackmail that someone becomes a source.  Not nearly as good as turning that person, so they willingly provide the info, but a very useful second-best nonetheless.

Pure blackmail is rather ineffective - it can backfire badly. A gentle witches brew of blackmail, bribery, praise, and intimidation is far more effective for high value sources. It's an art, not a science. A butterfly net, not a club.
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« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2014, 08:14:21 PM »
Pure blackmail is rather ineffective - it can backfire badly. A gentle witches brew of blackmail, bribery, praise, and intimidation is far more effective for high value sources. It's an art, not a science. A butterfly net, not a club.

Certainly enough.  However, blackmail is one of the arrows in the quiver.  The point that needs finesse is - assuming the target won't respond to carrots - to figure out whether the target is more afraid of the blackmail than of having the secret found out and being charged with espionage (and possibly treason).  Part and parcel of the equation for the agent is deciding whether the threat is just a bluff and what the risks are if the bluff is called.


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