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"C.I.A. Re-examines Hiring Of Ex-Terrorist as Agent: Agency
Has Misgivings About Some on Payroll."
As the Central Intelligence Agency cleans house after
the cold war, trimming its roster of foreign agents and
writing new rules for hiring them, a retired terrorist
who was until recently on the agency's payroll has given
it cause for some soul-searching. The case is a classic
example of the dilemma the C.I.A. continually faces in
recruiting foreign agents. The intelligence agency
struggles to balance the demand to obtain information
with its desire to keep its own hands clean, though it
frames the issue in terms of national security, not
morality. The C.I.A. will draw on the experience of the
Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement
Administration in dealing with informants in the future.
is a break from the past; the agency has long considered
law enforcement procedures an enema.