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By Susan Reimer | July 5, 2010
Finally. Spies like us. After the series of Jason Bourne movies, in which even an amnesiac can defeat the best the spook world has to offer, and the impossibly hot Kevin Costner as a Russian plant in the U.S. Navy, and the volcanic spy couple of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. After the dweebs, nerds and religious nuts of the 1980s and 1990s — Aldrich Ames, the John Walker clan, Jonathan Pollard and Robert Hanssen — who sold secrets and their vacant souls for millions.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | August 9, 2014
It was the eeriness of the situation that struck Baltimore writer Dan Fesperman. Drone pilots for the Air Force would spend weeks watching what amounted to a real-life silent movie of a small town thousands of miles away - all the while plotting the destruction of some of the inhabitants. Fesperman interviewed drone operators stationed at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada while doing research for his ninth thriller, "Unmanned," which is being released Wednesday. Most drone operators, he found, are former elite fighter pilots.
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By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | March 31, 2014
Spies, sex, drugs and a beaming Ronald Reagan. Those are the elements for one of the most arresting scenes you'll see this year on television. It will air Wednesday night on "The Americans," one of the most talked-about series this spring on cable TV. The scene features a female Russian spy on a mission, a male congressional aide on cocaine, and Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell), the Soviet sleeper agent at the center of the FX series, breaking into a congressman's office safe late at night while the other two go at it under a portrait of the Great Communicator.
ENTERTAINMENT
Beth Aaltonen and For The Baltimore Sun | April 24, 2014
It's Night 25 and things have pretty much gone all to hell at Solarrion. Tony admits that he flipped on LJ, and the rest of his alliance wants to know why. Trish isn't mad, because it wasn't her this time. Why do these people keep trusting him? Haven't they learned that he will vote anyone out? Hopefully tonight is the night the rest of them figure that out. Morning of Day 25, and Tony is running around like a crazy person (go figure) and making himself a spy shack. Sigh. He's insane, but he's totally right, because he totally spies on Jefra and Trish talking about him. Jefra admits that she doesn't trust him (as she shouldn't)
NEWS
October 2, 2003
On October 1, 2003, ELAINE M. SPIES, beloved wife of Paul Spies; loving mother of Bernadette Shea, Tina Gaimaro, and the late Michael Spies. Also survived by seven grandchildren and six siblings. Relatives and friends may call at the Ambrose Funeral Home of Lansdowne, 2719 Hammonds Ferry Road, on Friday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 P.M. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 11 A.M. at the St. Clement I Catholic Church. Interment following at Meadowridge Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the funeral home towards her funeral expenses.
NEWS
February 20, 2003
On February 15, 2003, COURTNEY A., Sr.; loving husband of the late Ruth C. Spies; devoted father of Courtney A. Spies, Jr. and Jennifer S. Wolfe and her husband Henry; cherished grandfather of Alex and Katie Wolfe. The family will receive friends in the LEMMON FUNERAL HOME OF DULANEY VALLEY, INC, 10 W. Padonia Rd. (at York Rd.) Timonium/Cockeysville on Friday from 7 to 9 P.M. and on Saturday, February 22, from 10 to 11 A.M. at which time a funeral service will begin. Interment Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens.
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By Paul Delaney | June 6, 1999
WHY IS it that I am not at all distressed about Chinese spies among us and the "theft" of our nuclear "secrets?"I have scoured the black community -- not scientifically, of course -- and I have yet to find anyone shaking in their boots over the Cox Commission report.The general attitude seems to be: 1) more power to the Chinese, 2)that's what spies are supposed to do, 3) perhaps they should be commended because their spooks are better at their game than ours seem to be.And then there is the -- yep -- race angle.
NEWS
By John le Carre | May 5, 1993
IN the secret world, when I duly entered it, the law was the ghost at every clandestine feast.For how can you flout the law without first knowing what it is? You might as well try to commit adultery without the benefit of marriage.The very life blood of America's intelligence community has been drawn from the legal profession. Its heartland is in Boston, at Yale, in the pretty white mansions scattered up and down the coast.Historically, it was the American lawyers turned spies -- the good old boys of the East Coast legal Establishment -- who pushed and pulled the borders of American constitutional legality and sometimes just damn well kicked them down, for the purpose of defending it against the forces of darkness.
NEWS
By Kathy Lally and Kathy Lally,Moscow Bureau of The Sun | February 24, 1994
MOSCOW -- Russia's spies may have come in out of the Cold War, but they have zealously taken up a new mission -- protecting the national interests of a nation that feels increasingly vulnerable.They were officially unrepentant yesterday over the furor in the United States caused by the Ames espionage accusation.The chief spokesman for the Foreign Intelligence Service, still popularly known by its former name KGB, commenting only indirectly on the uproar, called it strange that the United States began "a large-scale spy mania campaign over such an ordinary case."
SPORTS
By DON VITEK | April 9, 1995
The Young American Bowling Alliance conducted its 11th annual Maryland Top Ten Invitational State Finals with 36 bowlers at County Lanes in Westminster last Sunday."
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | April 2, 2014
An exhibit on "The Americans," an FX series starring Keri Russell as a Soviet spy living in 1980s America, opened at the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. From background on a band of real soviet agents discovered in the U.S. to some of the wigs worn by Russell and her co-star, Matthew Rhys, in the TV series, the exhibit explores the space between social reality and fictional spy narratives. The museum is presenting "The Americans" exhibit through the end of May in conjunction with FX, as "The Americans" continues in its second season as one of cable TV's more popular series.
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By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | March 31, 2014
Spies, sex, drugs and a beaming Ronald Reagan. Those are the elements for one of the most arresting scenes you'll see this year on television. It will air Wednesday night on "The Americans," one of the most talked-about series this spring on cable TV. The scene features a female Russian spy on a mission, a male congressional aide on cocaine, and Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell), the Soviet sleeper agent at the center of the FX series, breaking into a congressman's office safe late at night while the other two go at it under a portrait of the Great Communicator.
NEWS
By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2014
Maryland legislators will consider a package of laws to curb electronic surveillance by police, requiring a search warrant to use drones, email, cellphone towers or license plate readers to track people. Measures sponsored by a bipartisan pair of senators come amid a national debate over government surveillance after revelations about the extent to which the National Security Agency collects information on U.S. citizens. The Maryland legislation would go further than federal privacy laws but apply only to state and local police forces.
NEWS
January 2, 2014
I believe the government should be allowed to collect metadata on our calls ("Judge upholds NSA phone scrutiny," Dec. 28). I find Washington Judge Richard J. Leon's rejection of NSA spying as "almost Orwellian" and New York Judge William H. Pauley's acceptance of the practice easily reconcilable. It is human nature to behave differently when one understands that someone is watching. I believe we should conduct ourselves at all times as if that someone were God. As a convert to Islam, I now believe that there are two angels recording all our deeds; there is an angel recording all our sins and an angel recording all our good deeds to hold us accountable on the Day of Judgment.
NEWS
January 1, 2014
It was sad to read that a court has approved the National Security Agency's spying on American citizens ("Judge upholds NSA phone scrutiny," Dec. 28). The agency is gathering "intelligence" on me when I make phone calls and collects the dates and phone numbers called. This is an illegal search and seizure, yet a federal judge in New York ruled that it is constitutional. The only reason would seem to be that he was protecting the NSA. What have I done that permits the NSA to seize my private data?
NEWS
December 29, 2013
It was disappointing to read that President Obama is resisting calls for change at the National Security Agency ("Obama hints at change in NSA phone practice," Dec. 21). Edward Snowden has done this country a great service by revealing many of the illegal activities of the NSA. Instead of the ordering the agency to respect the Bill of Rights, the president fiddles while the Constitution burns. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders wrote in an email that "the NSA today is out of control and we need strong legislation to rein them in. In a free society, the government does not collect data on tens of millions of people, 99.999 percent of whom have nothing to do with terrorism.
NEWS
By JONATHAN TURLEY | May 3, 2006
WASHINGTON -- I live among spies. Some of my neighbors are spies. Some of my co-workers are spies. I even know spies married to spies who had children who are now spies. Before you diagnose clinical paranoia, I should mention that I live in Washington and, according to the Bush administration, virtually everyone I know is engaged in either clear or possible acts of espionage. Two Washington lobbyists face criminal charges in Alexandria, Va., under the 1917 Espionage Act for receiving classified information in oral conversations with a former Defense Department employee, Lawrence A. Franklin.
FEATURES
By Michael Hill | May 14, 1991
Everywhere James J. Angleton looked, he saw spies.Then again, that was his job. Angleton was the head of the CIA's counterintelligence division, meaning his job was to make sure our spies weren't being spied on by their spies. Or, more dangerous even, that our spies weren't really their spies.It's a job that seems designed to breed paranoia. And, according tonight's edition of PBS' "Frontline," that's exactly what grew in the fertile field of Angleton's mind. "The Spy Hunter" will be on Maryland Public Television, channels 22 and 67, tonight at 9 o'clock.
NEWS
By Fred L. Pincus | December 24, 2013
With all the discussion of surveillance, meta-data and phone taps over the past few weeks, I can't help thinking of my own experience as a surveillee back in the 1970s when cruder methods were used. All of the reassurances that everything will be fine just don't work for me. I was an anti-war, anti-racist, socialist activist back in the late 1960s and early 1970s, although the only illegal thing that I did was to sit down in the Charles and Mulberry intersection in 1970 with several thousand others to protest the Vietnam War. I didn't know that the FBI was keeping tabs on me until I requested my files through the Freedom of Information Act in 1977.
NEWS
November 3, 2013
Speaking in Baltimore last week, National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander defended the methods his agency uses to spy on the private phone calls and emails of millions of American citizens, but he did appear to give a little ground to critics of the agency when he said he's "not wedded" to every surveillance program it carries out. "If we can come up with a better way of doing them, we should," he insisted. That formulation left unclear the meaning of the word "better," however.
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