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Famed chef Julia Child shared a secret with Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg and Chicago White Sox catcher Moe Berg at a time when the Nazis threatened the world.
They served in an international spy ring managed by the Office of Strategic Services, an early version of the CIA created in World War II by President Franklin Roosevelt.
However, I think it's more about acceptance of ideological positions, and not control, so much as cooperation or even surrender to the will of the government in such matters. I wonder who, today, is sharing a similar role?
Today the "volunteer" spying is not just done by celebrities on some foreign country but
by your neighbors
for your own government.
Much scarier I think.
Originally Posted By Spines:
The first is a bit mundane, but makes some sense to me. Perhaps they were hired to the OSS for the very same reasons that they were successful afterward.
Originally Posted By trek315:
I also find intriguing the recruiting of even criminal or underworld figures like "Lucky" Luciano. I wouldn't be surprised, in fact, if such activites still occur today though I suspect the scale would not be quite as large.
Originally posted by niteboy82
I was wondering that as well, but there were 24,000 spies on the list. What would have made these select few so special to be gifted into popularity down the road? In my opinion, they would have needed to have done something particularly important for that to happen.
I am betting that most of the people that would fill this role would have no idea that they are even part of it. Look how well even now the people of the United States can be manipulated into a partisan playbook by the constant bombardment of media. These days, I'm afraid that most of the people doing such things only believe it is natural and by their own free will.