Listen to my interview with Darryl Lansey.
On the Future of the CIA.
What inspires me and what provides me hope about the firm is, I believe there are people of this present generation who are a lot more open to the concept of diversity and addition as being part of simply the daily environment that theyre in.
a kind of love/hate relationship with his former
employerPrevious the US Central Intelligence Agency, the CIA. Darryl Lansey: Hi, Im
A couple of highlights from our interview:.
On Racism in the CIA.
I was upset, however more disappointed, and I was dissatisfied due to the fact that I had a bit of a naivety early in my profession. I thought that I was hired to do a job and, it was clear to me that the individual, my manager, who was taking a look at me throughout the desk, didnt value me as an individual, let alone what I was offering.
On Inspirational Indie Authors, @howard_lovy interviews retired CIA expert Darryl Lansey, who tells of the institutional bigotry baked into the company and what he did about it. Howard Lovy: My guest this week is Darryl Lansey, who has
Every week I interview a member of ALLi to talk about their writing and what inspires them, and why they are motivating to other authors.
My visitor this week is Darryl Lansey, who has a kind of love/hate relationship with his former company, the United States Central Intelligence Agency, the CIA. He composes about his experiences in his new book, A Thin Line Between Love and Hate: A Black Mans Journey Through Life and the CIA.
Darryl Lansey: Yeah, in truth, I will hue really carefully to the book and whats been approved by the firms publication review board
in 2014. I would continue to go back to my neighborhood and see old friends and household. West Baltimore, where I grew up, is predominantly a black community. I matured in a working class, black household. My neighborhood was mostly
working-class blacks, bad to the lower middle-class blacks. My training, my mother was a schoolteacher, and she was quite into education and ensuring that my two siblings and I got a good education. My father was equally huge on education, however as I explained in the book, my father left of high school in 11th grade. And so, as I like to inform people, my mother really was the one who highlighted education while my daddy spent a lot of time focusing on ensuring that we had common sense to make it through worldwide. My training, I invested the early part of my childhood going through Baltimore city public schools. I had what I explain as a life changing event in 1972. Originally, I was asked if I had any interest in going out to an independent school in
Wire, thats basically the neighborhood that I matured in, and I matured mainly in the Seventies and 1960s. So, my reflections on Baltimore are mostly as a child and as a teenager, but my mom stayed in Baltimore till her death
. Howard Lovy: Well, lets begin from the start. Tell me where you grew up in Baltimore and what kind of environment that was.
the County to take part in a Saturday tutorial program, and I said, yes. That program was every Saturday, and I would go out on a little bus out to the County to be tutored. And I did that for 2 years, my 6th and fifth grade. That was a complete ecological modification for me.
Darryl Lansey: Sure. So, I matured in Baltimore, Maryland on the west side, and if anyones familiar with the HBO program The
I went from an elementary school that had, it was primarily black that had, like a lot of city schools, not a lot of resources, to a day school, a nation day school that sat on a hundred acres of land, agrarian setting; trees, pond, where for those two years, I was being tutored and, for the very first time, interacting in an environment that was new to me, which was an environment that was mainly white. Darryl Lansey: It was, but it
was a good culture shock, and I was fortunate in my second year, that I had
a tutor who said, do you have any interest in going to this school? Howard Lovy: So, inform me a little more about Baltimore in terms of race relations when you were growing up,
and whether that was an issue for you concern, or previously after you started going to a predominantly white schoolMainly
My friends and kids that I hung out with, they understood where I was going to school and they would occasionally tease me as I describe in the book on terms of, why are you going to that white kid school? Since I would sit in meetings with my manager and my colleagues day after
day and propose analytic pieces to go forward for what were then called the National Intelligence Daily, which was the daily finished day-to-day ended up would go out to the masses of government employees and staff members who had clearances, as well as another product, the Presidents Daily Brief that short to the president and a very select really choose of individuals. I d been working on the account for a number of months, cut to the chase, the deputy director of the CIA had actually asked me, and a number of other analysts, to come up to see him to talk about what we understood about what was going on and what was our analytical line and in terms of where did we see the war progressing and the effect that was going to have on the greater European
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day and propose analytic pieces to go forward for what were then called the National Intelligence Daily, which was the daily finished day-to-day completed would go out to the masses of government employees and bureaucrats who had clearances, as well as another product, item Presidents Daily Brief that went to the president and a very select extremely choose little individuals. I d been working on the account for a number of months, cut to the chase, the deputy director of the CIA had actually asked me, and several other experts, to come up to see him to talk about what we knew about what was going on and what was our analytical line and in terms of where did we see the war advancing and the effect that was going to have on the greater European
My good friends and kids that I hung out with, they understood where I was going to school and they would occasionally tease me as I explain in the book on terms of, why are you going to that white boy school? Due to the fact that I would sit in conferences with my supervisor and my coworkers day after
community, and neighborhood role the US could play. And a few minutes later I excused myself and I went back to my cubicle, and the gentleman who was with me at the time, went to the meeting, he came out to my cubicle and desired to know what was wrong. And I constantly saw myself as an owner of the agency, and what that implied was, I constantly felt like I had as much responsibility for the organizations success than anyone else, rather than a transactional relationship where I would go to work, you understand, collect my paycheck every two weeks and then go house.