Would you work for the CIA?
Either as a covert agent, or as a regular employee?
March 16th, 2007 2:38pm
I wanted to until I read more about it. With my skillset I'd make less than I do now, and have to work in an office park in northern virginia. "Office Park" and "DC Beltway" are two of my worst nightmares. I have yet to find an area of the country I hated more than the DC metro.
Depends on the position. Some are good, others not so good. The NSA work is far more interesting, if you're interested in intelligence work. The CIA is something of a shell organization, or a distraction. Mostly paper shuffling and busy work goes on there. It's a huge bureaucracy and can be just as frustrating as working for State.
>I have yet to find an area of the country I hated more than the DC metro.
++that. I hated Washington DC.
Well, sure, Washington DC proper sucks. But the suburbs in Virginia and Maryland aren't bad at all. The Metro is excellent, as far as Metro's go. Much cleaner and quieter than the one in New York, for example.
And you've got the museums, and Baltimore right next door.
CIA headquarters is on the Virginia side, just inside the beltway. NSA (for years "No Such Agency", as officially it didn't exist) is on the Maryland side, half-way to Baltimore. Some say Columbia Maryland succeeded because of all the NSA employees using Columbia as a bedroom community.
I think I'm too far along in my career to work for them at this point. Plus compartmented systems make my teeth hurt. All it takes is one pissy individual telling me "You have no need to know, nya nya nya" and my teeth start grinding.
> Some say Columbia Maryland succeeded because of all the NSA employees
I thought it was pretty overt wisdom that the boom in the DC area has been because of the massive government spending in the last half dozen years. That is, my tax dollars are helping you sell your house for more money. Talk about subsidies.
This is the way lots of capitals have grown .. start as a new, fresh center free from commercial interests/obligations, metasticize b/c of centralized planning.
> Much cleaner and quieter than the one in New York,
> for example.
Because it doesn't f'ing go anywhere. You can live in New York without a car. Even way out in Queens. In Va, people drive to the Metro. What kind of idiocy is that?
.. and pay for the Metro and for the free museums. Jeez. I don't mind spending a little cash to make the capital look decent, but I don't like it when people who live in the capital area take a gift, twist it around and then rub it in as if they worked for it, for this great subsidized Metro, etc, when it's just my money I gave them.
> And you've got the museums, and Baltimore right next door.
You know a place really sucks when closeness to Baltimore is a selling point.