CIA Launches First Podcast, ‘The Langley Files,’ Which…


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CIA Launches First Podcast, ‘The Langley Files,’ Which Reveals That Working at the Agency Is More Boring Than Hollywood Makes It Seem


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  1. No surprise there. Every business has a few “glamorous” jobs and a boatload of boring everyday stuff. There’s a guy or gal who works for the CIA that does stuff like order office supplies.

  2. I had some experience with some CIA personnel at one point and learned a bit about their career paths and expectations of employees. I left believing it was one of the most boring, conservative places you could work. It seemed from my limited exposure that you were part of a very large machine and should be completely devoted to the machine at all times, irrespective of how mundane the job.

  3. “We should make a podcast.”

    “Great idea! We’ve got decades of exciting stories! What should we talk about?”

    “How boring our job is.”

  4. “That whole Iran-Contra thing? Boring as shit. Now, there was this one time that the cointel chief was walking around the entire day without realizing he had TP on his shoe. We laughed, and laughed – and then went back to bringing cocaine into the US illegally”

  5. This is like the mafia showing all the boring legal activities they practice every day.

    We already know you do mostly boring and legal work. And we already know you’ll never talk about the other stuff.

  6. Ah finally a podcast from the guys who wasted money on a cat based listening device and spent the majority of their existence treating the Geneva convention as a to-do list.

    Can’t wait for nestles podcast about how little slavery they use, or irans podcast on human rights next

  7. <paranoid>*Of course, that’s just what they* ***want*** *you to think*</paranoid>

    In “the good old days” of the cold war, I worked for a few defence contractors, doing electronics for various military aircraft. I had several security clearances, for different allied countries.

    Sounds impressive, doesn’t it? On paper, it sounds like I’m bragging that I was James Bond or something.

    The reality, which I was always quick to point out, was that it was boring as hell. Yes, I worked on displays that went into the F-18, F-16, and a few others, so by definition, I had to be cleared for any information that would be presented on those displays. You can’t design an altimeter without knowing the upper ceiling of the aircraft, and you can’t design a vertical speed indicator without knowing the maximum speed the aircraft can do.

    The reality was it was no different than doing a speedometer for a Honda Accord. The math would be different, but the nuts and bolts of the job are pretty much the same.

    Of course, Hollywood is going to glamourize things; that’s what they do. And there are CIA field agents and intelligence people who do live exciting and dangerous lives. But for every one of them, there are a hundred or more people in offices reading and writing reports, doing financial spreadsheets, analyzing data trends, and crunching numbers, the same as any big corporation.

  8. Who wants to read my insider expose of my time there as second assistant to the coffeemaker facilities cleaner?!?!

    You would never guess who likes their coffee with extra sugar and 2 squirts of liquid money!

  9. You should check out barley sociable’s other channel slightly sociable. He did a video on the CIA’s complaints on there cafeteria. Pretty mundane and funny.

  10. Boring is right. My dad was an FBI agent, he died when I was a baby in the 70s. I’m nearly 50 now and among some of his belongings I now have is a business card that just has a name on it and “Central Intelligence Agency”. No phone, no title, no address, no nothing. Just a name and CIA.

  11. So the CIA expects people to not know that the hollywood movies are based off of field agents, contractors, mercenaries, and hitman who work for the company?