quote by Ida Tarbell

Rockefeller and his associates did not build the Standard Oil Co. in the board rooms of Wall Street banks. They fought their way to control by rebate and drawback, bribe and blackmail, espionage and price cutting, by ruthless efficiency of organization.

— Ida Tarbell

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The Communist threat from without must not blind us to the Communist threat from within. The latter is reaching into the very heart of America through its espionage agents and a cunning, defiant, and lawless communist party, which is fanatically dedicated to the Marxist cause of world enslavement and destruction of the foundations of our republic.

Let's say a Soviet exchange student back in the '70s would go back and tell the KGB about people and places and things that he'd seen and done and been involved with. This is not really espionage; there's no betrayal of trust.

Espionage, for the most part, involves finding a person who knows something or has something that you can induce them secretly to give to you. That almost always involves a betrayal of trust.

I have encountered in this world riff-raff and good people.

I lose. I win. I defend myself when I am attacked. I take when someone has taken from me. But I beg you to believe me; I have never done an act of espionage against France. Never. Never.

I want people to see the truth... regardless of who they are... because without information, you cannot make informed decisions as a public.

The executions of agents, partisans, saboteurs, suspicious people, indulging in espionage and sabotage, and those who were of a detrimental effect to the German Army, were, in my opinion, completely in accordance with the Hague Convention.

My understanding is that espionage means giving secret or classified information to the enemy. Since Snowden shared information with the American people, his indictment for espionage could reveal (or confirm) that the US Government views you and me as the enemy.

The human spy, in terms of the American espionage effort, had never been terribly pertinent.

If I could rub a genie and anything could happen? Truthfully, my other love, and this is a complete 180, but I'd love to do a spy or an espionage pic, like a James Bond movie.

All warfare is based on deception. There is no place where espionage is not used. Offer the enemy bait to lure him.

It is essential to seek out enemy agents who have come to conduct espionage against you and to bribe them to serve you. Give them instructions and care for them. Thus doubled agents are recruited and used.

There is no place where espionage is not possible.

An espionage organization is a collector: it collects raw information.

That gets processed by a machinery that is supposed to resolve its reliability, and to present a finished product.

When you grow suspicious of a person and begin a system of espionage upon him, your punishment will be that you will find your suspicions true.

My name is E. Howard Hunt. I'm currently retired from more than 22 years in the profession of espionage.

The difficulties of conducting espionage against the Soviet Union in the Soviet Union were such that historically the Agency had backed away from the task.

We have some material on spying by a major government on the tech industry. Industrial espionage.

I found that our Soviet espionage efforts had virtually never, or had very seldom, produced any worthwhile political or economic intelligence on the Soviet Union.

I'm sort of fascinated by the whole espionage crime thing.

All women are natural born espionage agents.

The Obama administration has attempted to prosecute more journalists and journalistic sources under the same Espionage Act she was being investigated under in all previous presidencies combined.

There are some who become spies for money, or out of vanity and megalomania, or out of ambition, or out of a desire for thrills. But the malady of our time is of those who become spies out of idealism.

We know that the wages of secrecy are corruption.

We know that in secrecy error, undetected, will flourish and subvert.

Truth is suppressed, not to protect the country from enemy agents but to protect the Government of the day against the people.

In civilizations without boats, dreams dry up, espionage takes the place of adventure and the police take the place of pirates.

You get so used to lying that after a while it's hard to remember what the truth is.

Secrecy is as essential to intelligence as vestments and incense to a Mass or darkness to a spiritualist séance and must at all times be maintained, quite irrespective of whether or not it serves any purpose.

Once a secret society establishes itself within an open society, there is no end to the hideous mistrust it must cause.

The way the United States intelligence community operates is it doesn't limit itself to the protection of the homeland. It doesn't limit itself to countering terrorist threats, countering nuclear proliferation. It's also used for economic espionage, for political spying to gain some knowledge of what other countries are doing.

On Foreign Secretary Robin Cook: If a man cannot keep a measly affair secret, what is he doing in charge of the Intelligence Service?

The habits and language of clandestinity can intoxicate even its own practitioners.

It takes a very strong head to keep secrets for years and not go slightly mad.

It isn't wise to be advised by anyone slightly mad.

Generally speaking, espionage offers each spy an opportunity to go crazy in a way he finds irresistible.

What do you think spies are: priests, saints and martyrs? They're a squalid procession of vain fools, traitors too, yes; pansies, sadists and drunkards, people who play cowboys and Indians to brighten their rotten lives.

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