posted on Nov, 14 2010 @ 05:35 PM
reply to post by spoonbender
it was said the CIA was
based off the Gestapo the best secret police/ intelligence of the time.
Well, IDK how good the CIA are/were compared to other intelligence
services extant or past, but if they did base themselves on the Gestapo, that would explain some conspicuous blunders.
See, the Gestapo were very good @intimidating their own people & apparently ruthless torturors, but that didn't stop a French painter & decorator
from copying maps of the defenses along the northern French coast. Nor did it stop French Resistance from crippling vital infrastructure leading up to
D-Day. It didn't stop a Spanish bloke who wasn't even an agent, he just had a personal grudge against fascists, from representing himself to German
spies as a double agent with info to sell - he made it up. Only then did he get in touch with British Intelligence & managed to pass disinfo from an
entirely ficticIous network of spies in Britain & get paid for it, even after D-Day!
They also didn't manage to work out that the "Enigma Code" had been cracked, despite the fact that once Montgomery had crushed the initial German
resistance after D-Day allowing the American forces to swing forward to divide the Germans, militarily forcing a retreat to maintain supply lines,
Allied commanders made increasingly obvious use of that intel.
Now, to be fair, Montgomery was known as a bold commander, as was Patton (but he was still in Britain, which the Germans knew b/c the Allies wanted
them to know, to expect his entirely ficticIous army to cross to Calais - which army they didn't notice was impossible for the Allies to have
amassed), but a whole series of devastating blows against key strategic targets in quick succession ought to have seemed a bit more than luck, eh?
Its all very well stalking about in a leather coat, but military intelligence is about collating reports, noticing connections & patterns.
Gestapo = fail.