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We use words to tell each other what we mean. Words illuminate reality. But sometimes, and it seems increasingly so in these troubled times, words can be used to conceal truth.
Italian security officers listened, via hidden microphones, as an instructor lectured a group of aspiring terrorists in Milan. Apparently brandishing a mobile phone, he said, "Do you see this? This was created by an enemy of God. You can't imagine how many operations this has made fail and how many arrests it has caused. You can use it to communicate. It's fast. But it causes you huge problems. They created it, and they know how to intercept it."
For three centuries commencing about 1600, much of the world's commerce was controlled by what one could call "privatized imperialism" in the form of six privately owned trading companies granted state monopolies and operating beyond any independent control.
Several "old boys" who were around for the founding of the CIA in 1947 like repeating a mantra, "The Brits taught us everything we know - but by no means did they teach us everything that they know." The quip, of course, stemmed from the wartime Office of Strategic Services' reliance on the British Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) - formally, MI6 - as a tutor on espionage and spy tradecraft.
A review by Joseph C. Goulden that appeared in The Washington Times (Commentary, Oct. 5) of the book "The Invisible Harry Gold: The Man Who Gave the Soviets the Atom Bomb," by Allen M. Hornblum, is either a cream-puff review or the book itself is a cream puff about Harry Gold.
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