By John Starnes
Closely Guarded is written by way of a guy who was once aware of one of the most heavily guarded country secrets and techniques in Canada. From 1942 to 1973, John Starnes used to be engaged in such components as communications intelligence and, in the course of his tenure because the first civilian director-general of the RCMP protection carrier, in counter-espionage and counter-subversion. His recollection of those personal actions and the half he performed in them is supported by way of a wealth of previously categorized authentic documentation lately published lower than the entry to details Act.
This is a hugely own narrative, introduced vividly to existence with excerpts from the letters that Starnes wrote domestic from London through the moment global battle, while he moved in intelligence circles and met many admired diplomats and policy-makers. His tale recollects a number of of the most important political moments of this century, together with the construction of the United international locations, the honor days of exterior Affairs, the Six Day conflict among Israel and Egypt, and the October quandary in 1970.
Starnes's memoir bargains a desirable examine Canada's protection and intelligence paintings from the perspective of an respectable deeply desirous about many covert govt actions. It presents an insider's standpoint on either the little-known international of the Canadian intelligence neighborhood and the overseas safety and intelligence community during which Canada has participated. Written via the writer of 5 secret agent novels, it's going to curiosity those that stick with the heritage of Canada's undercover operations.
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I was not present at the handover of responsibility for MO&I, but it cannot have been easy, especially in matters related to British 'cloak and dagger' organizations. It took some time before Timmerman and I were told what to do. By the end of May 1944, however, we had been seconded to G 2 (Air), 21 Army Group, Main Headquarters, on the western outskirts of London. Our immediate bosses were an Englishman and an American, both ranked as majors. Our principal tasks involved collation of intelligence from many different sources, photo interpretation, wireless interception, secret agent's reports from SOE, MI 6, Ministry of Economic Warfare, and so on, with the aim of identifying targets on the continent for possible air strikes.
He speaks French and German. He has a good vocabulary but is hesitant and mumbles when he speaks. His written work is quite adequate. He is an average learner but his grasp of new ideas is sometimes incomplete, due to lack of experience. 'He has both the infantry and the armoured corps but his knowledge of these arms is weak due to lack of field experience. His knowledge of other arms is limited. He has experience in intelligence work. He has a fair knowledge of staff work. His appreciations and decisions are not always sound as he is 34 Intelligence Officer, 1939-1945 inclined to miss major factors and, due to lack of experience, his knowledge of the principles of administration is weak and he does not understand their application.
Nonsense! What the hell's the matter. Scared? Shake your head. Tell yourself you're not, you liar! Now the helmet. ' A quick twist and a wrench and the thing's in place. Only a small hole left where they will screw on the face plate. Somebody leans close. 'When you get down the ladder turn the water valve on the left, down and adjust your air intake. When we put the weights on we won't keep you standing around. Remember, getting on to the ladder, swing your feet, don't lift them. ' ... A tap on the helmet.