CIA Recruits Wall Streeters

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A couple of years ago Matt Damon made a movie called The Good Shepard about the creation of the CIA. As you all undoubtedly know, for years the CIA recruited only the best and the brightest waspy ivy leaguers, which was always part of the reason for the Nixonian resentment among the wingnuts toward it. Damon's waspy, ivy league character Edward Wilson had a line that I thought rather cleverly explained how the CIA thinks of itself:

Joseph Palmi: Let me ask you something... we Italians, we got our families, and we got the church; the Irish, they have the homeland, Jews their tradition; even the niggers, they got their music. What about you people, Mr. Wilson, what do you have? Edward Wilson: The United States of America. The rest of you are just visiting.

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