The Short of It: Bankers! The Spooks Want You

It has recently been reported that the CIA is actively recruiting bankers for their specific skill sets:

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Laid off from Wall Street? The CIA wants you — as long as you can pass a lie detector test and show that you are motivated by service to your country rather than your wallet. The Central Intelligence Agency has been advertising for recruits and will be holding interviews on June 22 at a secret location in New York.

“Economics, finance and business professionals, if the quest for the bottom line is just not enough for you, the Central Intelligence Agency has a mission like no other,” one radio advertisement for the agency says. “Join CIA’s directorate of intelligence and be a part of our global mission as an economic or financial analyst. Make a difference in your career and for your nation,” it says. Ron Patrick, a spokesman for recruitment and retention at the CIA, told Reuters Television the agency had received several hundred resumes so far from applicants ranging from people just out of graduate school to laid-off bankers.

“It’s going to be a very different use of their skill set than perhaps they’ve used on Wall Street,” Patrick said. Recruits will have to pass rigorous background and medical checks, as well as a polygraph, or lie-detector test. Starting salaries range from around $60,000 for a new graduate to $100,000 for somebody with more experience, and top out at $160,000. Generous benefits are included. Patrick said the agency would welcome worthy applicants from Wall Street, whose reputation has been tarnished by the financial crisis and revelations of lavish lifestyles and multi-million dollar bonuses at banks blamed for the meltdown.

So what skill sets do bankers have that the CIA could possibly want and for what reason? It seems as if the specific targeting of bankers by the CIA is an indirect admission that economic war between the Western world (the US, the UK, and the EU) and those countries opposed to the monetary policies implemented by the Central Banks in these countries (China, Russia, India, Brazil, Venezuela, Honduras, Bolivia, etc.) will intensify in the future. And it also seems to be an indirect admission that the story of the “green shoots” is a blatant lie if the CIA is actively recruiting bankers to use their skill sets in this “underground war.” Perhaps after the cat was let out of the bag when Goldman Sachs admitted it had developed software to manipulate markets and the CIA also wants to know how to intervene in the stock markets of other countries. Or perhaps we should read “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man,” by John Perkins to speculate about what the CIA has in mind by hiring bankers, that in their own words, have had their reputation “tarnished by the financial crisis and revelations of lavish lifestyles.” What better way for these bankers to restore their reputation than to continue to do their dirty deeds under the cover of the CIA and out of the scrutiny of the public eye? So out of a job, bankers? Take comfort in the fact that the Spooks want you!

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