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CIA Manual Thought Lost In 1973 Available On Amazon

samzenpus posted more than 4 years ago | from the there-is-no-manual-nor-has-there-ever-been-a-manual dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "At the height of the Cold War, the Central Intelligence Agency paid renowned magician John Mulholland $3,000 to write a manual on misdirection, concealment, and stagecraft. All known copies of the document were believed to be destroyed in 1973. Turns out one survived — and is now available on Amazon."

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wow (0, Troll)

runyonave (1482739) | more than 4 years ago | (#30236162)

I know that they are deceptive, backstabbing and two-faced, but now I can found out how. Criminals In Action.

Re:wow (1)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | more than 4 years ago | (#30236206)

It's a good thing that only the United States of America has an intelligence service. It's even better that they are the only ones who use deception in the course of their activities. Hey, what's that I hear about deception being an essential part of ethical journalism? Everyone, look, a balloon up in the sky!

PS is a street magician an actual CIA employee with a security clearance?

Re:wow (4, Funny)

Jurily (900488) | more than 4 years ago | (#30236284)

This isn't the manual you're looking for.

</handwave>

Re:wow (3, Informative)

cheesybagel (670288) | more than 4 years ago | (#30237218)

Sun Tzu's Art of War talks about [sonshi.com] spies and double spies. This is all older than dirt.

Re:wow (4, Insightful)

headkase (533448) | more than 4 years ago | (#30236482)

Read a book called: The Prince [wikipedia.org] by Niccolò Machiavelli. It is about this exact topic. It is in the public domain and you can find linked copies from that page. The point of this is that believe it or not, every single president in the US or leader elsewhere has read that book. It details how to establish, consolidate, defend, and extend power. The tools it employs include primarily manipulation in various forms. As they are tools they can be used for both Good and Evil purposes. It is up to you to add them to your own repertoire so you can then use them to fight for what you think is right. If you don't you will be out maneuvered by those who have.

Re:wow (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30236600)

Read a book called: The Prince [wikipedia.org] by Niccolò Machiavelli. It is about this exact topic. It is in the public domain and you can find linked copies from that page. The point of this is that believe it or not, every single president in the US or leader elsewhere has read that book.

Hrm, so have I (it's short, and was required reading in my AP European History class), and so does anyone who reads a copy by following your link.

Point?

Re:wow (1)

headkase (533448) | more than 4 years ago | (#30236638)

Point?

If you want to effectively fight fire employ fire. The world is full of complex issues and the better the guides you comprehend to navigate through those issues the more effective you will be. Whatever your purpose, it's raising the bar. That's progress.

Re:wow (1)

Narpak (961733) | more than 4 years ago | (#30236998)

If you want to effectively fight fire employ fire.

Depends entirely on the fire, counter-fire does have it uses; but for most fires I would recommend water or perhaps anti-fire foam.

Re:wow (1)

Dekker3D (989692) | more than 4 years ago | (#30237062)

problem is: this fire (the cia) is a little too big to kill off, or "extinguish". so instead, you make sure it can't do any more harm by letting others know what the cia knows. that's like counter-fire, i guess.

Re:wow (1)

headkase (533448) | more than 4 years ago | (#30237112)

The root problem is that situations have a flow to them so you must continually adapt. Everything is out of date the instant it is uttered. Therefore, you need strategy, wisdom, values, and motivation. Then you play the cards you are dealt.

Re:wow (5, Informative)

SpaghettiPattern (609814) | more than 4 years ago | (#30236684)

Did you ever read the prince? It's the K+R C Programming Language for politics. The book in TFA is about being a spy. I wouldn't say the topics are unrelated but one is a practical handbook and the other is on concepts.

Re:wow (2, Insightful)

Ihlosi (895663) | more than 4 years ago | (#30236726)

It is in the public domain and you can find linked copies from that page. The point of this is that believe it or not, every single president in the US or leader elsewhere has read that book.

"Machiavelli stands strongly against the use of mercenaries. He believes them useless to a ruler because they are undisciplined, cowardly, and without any loyalty, being motivated only by money."

Even if every single US president read the book, it appears some didn't do so thoroughly enough.

Re:wow (1)

Tellarin (444097) | more than 4 years ago | (#30237056)

Hey, let's stop making fun of Bush Jr. :-P

Re:wow (1)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | more than 4 years ago | (#30237106)

The chapters on mercenaries refer to Italian conditierri and are regarded as obsolete, of historical interest only. You might consider that the disuse of mercenaries led to the draft, a great evil. The other chapters on human nature are as valid as they've ever been.

Re:wow (1)

cheesybagel (670288) | more than 4 years ago | (#30237456)

It is not of some limited historical interest. Foreign mercenaries have been considered an issue not just in Renaissance Italy, but are considered a leading cause of the downfall of Carthage [wikipedia.org] , and the Roman Empire. If you want more recent examples, you can find some here [wikipedia.org] . PMCs are just the latest facade of the same thing.

Re:wow (5, Insightful)

krou (1027572) | more than 4 years ago | (#30236792)

"As they are tools they can be used for both Good and Evil purposes."

I know what you mean, but that's the wrong terminology to be using when discussing Machiavelli and the school of realism (which is essentially what you're describing). It's nothing to do with "good" and "evil". It's only about power, and continuing the existence of the state by whatever means necessary. This tradition goes all the way back to Thucydides, who basically recorded that the “the strong do what they have the power to do and the weak accept what they have to accept [and] by conquering you we shall increase not only the size but the security of our empire – it is a general and necessary law of nature to rule whatever one can". Rousseau, Niebuhr, Edward Bernays, and various others all expound the same principles.

The only usage of the term "good" that you can probably use in this scenario is that the actions taken continue the existence of the state. Machiavelli even notes that "it is necessary for a prince wishing to hold his own to know how to do wrong, and to make use of it or not according to necessity – it will be found that something which looks like virtue, if followed, would be his ruin; whilst something else, which looks like vice, yet followed brings him security and prosperity.” "Good" and "evil" simply do not apply as most people would understand them; that's a moral code used for propaganda i.e. whatever we do is "good", while whatever they do is "evil". Lying, deception, torture, wars of aggression, ignoring human rights issues, etc. are not things that most people would endorse as being "good" in any shape or form, but in the realm of realism they are all legitimate means towards the one goal i.e. continuing the existence of the state.

This is one of the prime reasons that there exists a core contradiction in states: internally, its citizens are meant to uphold a strict moral code. Externally, as a collective, they engage in activities that very rarely, if ever, coincide with this moral code.

Re:wow (1)

headkase (533448) | more than 4 years ago | (#30237236)

You make some excellent points. To clarify my personal understanding of Machiavelli is that it is all about methods. He espoused them to be used in the physical world. I like to twist words. I manipulate purposefully discussion to my own ends. Sometimes, morally, I do it for noble ends and sometimes petty ones. Machiavelli's world is ages removed from ours but I fully believe that as its own work it is still relevant today as something to prod yourself into growing as a person. What you do with that depends on your morals.

Re:wow (3, Interesting)

Anonymusing (1450747) | more than 4 years ago | (#30236880)

every single president in the US or leader elsewhere has read that book.

I bet half the college students in the U.S. have read it, too. What's your point?

Re:wow (1)

headkase (533448) | more than 4 years ago | (#30237244)

Everyone comprehends it to their personal degree.

Re:wow (1)

Narpak (961733) | more than 4 years ago | (#30236980)

The point of this is that believe it or not, every single president in the US or leader elsewhere has read that book.

Without mentioning names I will say that I refuse to believe that "every single president in the US or leader elsewhere has read that book". Some of their advisor(s) maybe.

Frankly I also find it hard to believe that the Prince and the CIA manual are covering the exact same concepts in the exact same way. At best I would perhaps say that someone interested in this sort of literature could, or would, read both, as well as the Art of War.

At the height of the Cold War, the Central Intelligence Agency paid $3,000 to renowned magician John Mulholland to write a manual on misdirection, concealment, and stagecraft.

I have yet to read The Prince's chapter on sleight of hand.

Re:wow (1)

headkase (533448) | more than 4 years ago | (#30237260)

Subterfuge. Men ought to be either well treated or crushed. The CIA is in the crushing business.

Re:wow (1)

foniksonik (573572) | more than 4 years ago | (#30237360)

There's a great book called the 48 laws of power [wikipedia.org] which uses exampled from all of the above and more to illustrate various concepts related to getting, keeping and using power and position of influence.

Just FYI to anyone interested in such things.

Re:wow (1)

VoidEngineer (633446) | more than 4 years ago | (#30236986)

I can assure you that Machiavelli's Discourses on Levi's History of Ancient Rome are a far better account of how to run a republic. All of Obama's actions so far indicate that he's taking his advice from the Discourses, not the Prince.

Re:wow (1)

khallow (566160) | more than 4 years ago | (#30237054)

So what? "The Prince" is overrated as a manual for ruling people. It's real charm is simply that it doesn't cater to the more common hypocrisies. But the advice just isn't that useful IMHO. My view is that the book was intended as a rationalization of contemporary power gathering and leadership approaches than a "how to" book. "The Art of War" would be more effective a tool since among things, that book gives actual examples of how to lead and it presents a number of useful insights into conflict and strategy.

Ironic (5, Informative)

hallux.sinister (1633067) | more than 4 years ago | (#30237098)

Every time I see or hear of a reference to "The Prince", or a leader is referred to as Machiavellian, I smile at the irony. Machiavelli was being SARCASTIC when he wrote that. He was kidding! Machiavelli was ahead of his time in holding the ideals of personal freedom and responsibility, equality, and all that jazz which are diametric opposites of the views espoused in "The Prince". He worked hard as a politician to build Florence into a shining beacon of how a society should be run, and a family called the de' Medici came along, seized power, (using techniques from the, at the time, as-yet-unwritten book, "The Prince") and turned the shining beacon into a cesspool of corruption, with rampant nepotism, greed, etc.

Stripped of his position, and having been barred from holding any political office by the de' Medici, after a lifetime of public service, embittered, Machiavelli wrote "The Prince" basically saying: "if you want to grab, hold, and expand your political power," (adding under his breath, "like those de' Medici bastards,") he continued, "this is what you do..." (He could not insult them openly, he had already been imprisoned and tortured by them once, and I guess he wasn't "feeling strong" anymore.)

It was not meant literally! I guess the De Medici had the last laugh though, whether by their actions or not, Machiavelli's name is associated NOT with his own good and noble life's work, but with the behaviours and beliefs of those he most loathed and despised. For a better idea of what this great Renaissance figure really thought, try instead his "Discorsi sulla prima deca di Tito Livio", or "Discourses on the first ten books of Livy", (Titus Livius, Roman historian)

~ Hallux

Re:Ironic (1)

headkase (533448) | more than 4 years ago | (#30237278)

Thank you, project Gutenberg will be my friend and you have provided the link.

Re:wow (2, Insightful)

NightlordTW (1672280) | more than 4 years ago | (#30237118)

I rather believe current presidents became what they are because they have the skills as Machiavelli explained. Only geeks like us would read a book like that.

Re:wow (2, Interesting)

eulernet (1132389) | more than 4 years ago | (#30237132)

I read "The Prince", but it's not very useful for manipulation. It's more focused on diplomacy.

IMHO, the best one is "How to Win Friends and Influence People" by Dale Carnegie.

Much more practical than "The Prince", and it works !

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coolforsale1215 (1687572) | more than 4 years ago | (#30237200)

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Re:wow (1)

Sockatume (732728) | more than 4 years ago | (#30237462)

I don't think that any leader really needs to read a book to learn to "establish, consolidate, defend, and extend power". The fact that they attain leadership means that they've been selected for having those abilities.

Re:wow (1)

WindBourne (631190) | more than 4 years ago | (#30236612)

And every nation has one. Some are like the CIA suppose to spy on other nations. For the smaller nations, they spy on their own citizens.

hehehehe (2, Informative)

WindBourne (631190) | more than 4 years ago | (#30236666)

Every nation has a CIA equivalence. They have to. They have to know what others are doing and if there is a real threat. For example MI6 comes to mind.

Now, if you are calling them criminal because of Iraq/Afghanistan, then nope. The real problem was not CIA. These were simply foot soldiers doing what they were ordered to by the highest level of the gov.

Trickery and misdirection (5, Funny)

RDW (41497) | more than 4 years ago | (#30236164)

'Turns out one survived -- and is now available on Amazon'

Or at least, that's what they want you to think...

Re:Trickery and misdirection (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30236218)

c'mon mods. THAT's FUNNY!

Re:Trickery and misdirection (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30236282)

...although just a little obvious.

Re:Trickery and misdirection (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30236718)

dundunduuuuuuuuuuuuuuun...

PDF Torrent? (0)

nurb432 (527695) | more than 4 years ago | (#30236170)

For the rest of us, since only one lucky person will get the dead tree prize.

Re:PDF Torrent? (2, Interesting)

GrubLord (1662041) | more than 4 years ago | (#30236246)

No, no, it seems they've actually started printing the book.

Amazon's selling the newly published copies, not auctioning the original.

Re:PDF Torrent? (3, Insightful)

Tink2000 (524407) | more than 4 years ago | (#30236296)

Er... parent not insightful, unless one believes the summary implicitly. At the cost of $10.99 (plus shipping), I'm pretty sure they've mass produced this sucker, or else the info is absolutely worthless (*stage whisper* DO NOT SEEK THE TREASURE!).

One of the questions raised on the Amazon page is: shouldn't this material be public domain? It is owned by the US Government and any copyright would seem to have expired at this point, and moreover it seems like we should be able to get a copy for free under the FOIA.

Re:PDF Torrent? (2, Informative)

nurb432 (527695) | more than 4 years ago | (#30236486)

Shouldn't one be able to believe the story summary? If not, why even bother having them?

And yes, unless its classified, it is in the American pubic domain on day one since it was paid for by US citizens. However that doesn't mean you cant sell a copy for the cost of 'printing', sort of like the GPL. Even the government often charges a 'reproduction fee' when you order documents directly.

Re:PDF Torrent? (4, Informative)

John Hasler (414242) | more than 4 years ago | (#30236608)

> And yes, unless its classified, it is in the American pubic domain on day
> one since it was paid for by US citizens.

Not true. The government cannot enforce its copyright on "works for hire" where the government is the employer but it can enforce copyrights it acquires. Contractors also often retain copyright is works produced while performing a contract (the government usually acquires a nonexclusive license). The mere fact that a work was paid for by tax money does not put it in the public domain.

Re:PDF Torrent? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30236856)

> Shouldn't one be able to believe the story summary? If not, why even bother having them?

Oblig I'm afraid: You must be new here.

Re:PDF Torrent? (1)

Tink2000 (524407) | more than 4 years ago | (#30237496)

Reading comprehension fail.
I said "believe the story summary implicitly", meaning that "[t]urns out one survived" would be exactly that -- one single solitary copy.

It's not quite clear as to who owns the work, so the word "declassified" might be a marketing ploy. In fact, I'm fairly certain that this particular work is not owned by the government, but instead has incorporated from a work owned by the government within, and added some stuff to make it original -- much like the GPL.

Getting the material itself may be free, but you may have to to pay an administrative fee, sure ok I'll split hairs too. The thing is, books are cheap to print. The list price on this is $25. If this is owned by the government, then that's a pretty darn good profit to turn for a printing fee.

Re:PDF Torrent? (4, Informative)

John Hasler (414242) | more than 4 years ago | (#30236568)

> One of the questions raised on the Amazon page is: shouldn't this material
> be public domain? It is owned by the US Government...

If the author wrote thing as a US Government employee then the goverment is the author and is not permitted to enforce its copyright. If he was acting as a contractor he is the author in which case he may still own the copyright.

> ...and any copyright would seem to have expired at this point...

Not yet.

> ...it seems like we should be able to get a copy for free under the FOIA.

The FOIA does not work the way you think it does.

Re:PDF Torrent? (0)

Tink2000 (524407) | more than 4 years ago | (#30237458)

How can you get informative without giving any information whatsoever?
How can you infer how much I do or don't know about the FOIA? I actually used to have to respond to them on a daily basis. I think I know the procedure to get information from the government, thank you very much. I am aware that an agency is allowed to asses administration fees to process a FOIA but this is usually a rather nominal fee. I could argue that the material is "free" and there is a processing fee, does that sit better with you? And wow, what a brilliantly detailed correction you lay out! "Nuh-uh!"

Since it's been deemed declassified (provided this isn't a marketing ploy) it would seem that the government owns the work. Thus by what you say, that eliminates a contractor owning the work (again, presuming the word declassified isn't a marketing ploy).

How about in your stinging rebuttal, you go into details about how one would get information like this, provided it was owned by the government, from the government and what -- if any -- costs would be associated with such a procurement?

Re:PDF Torrent? (1)

hallux.sinister (1633067) | more than 4 years ago | (#30237130)

The cake is a lie! What better way to boost sales than by suggesting you shouldn't or oughtn't or flat-out can't have/read this book?

Waves hand... (2, Funny)

aquabat (724032) | more than 4 years ago | (#30236178)

This is not the book you are looking for.....move along.....

Re:Waves hand... (1)

daid303 (843777) | more than 4 years ago | (#30236250)

That won't work on Amazon, only money.

Re:Waves hand... (0, Redundant)

martin-boundary (547041) | more than 4 years ago | (#30236454)

Oooh! Wooks! Meesa can also weade wooks too! Can meesa twy? Pweeze?

Imporvised Munitions Black Book (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30236428)

Is the one you're looking for. Published by Paladin and available as a torrent...

Re:Waves hand... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30236506)

This is not the book you are looking for.....move along.....

Tricks are what whores do for money, i do illusions

Re:Waves hand... (0, Redundant)

camperslo (704715) | more than 4 years ago | (#30236534)

This is not the book you are looking for.....move along.....

The FOX employee training manual??

Re:Waves hand... (1)

JWSmythe (446288) | more than 4 years ago | (#30236920)

    I stopped reading comic books when I was 10 years old.

    "See Bobby"
    "See Bobby on TV"
    "See Bobby babble nonsense" :)

Re:Waves hand... (1)

EQ (28372) | more than 4 years ago | (#30236968)

More like the NYT handbook anymore.

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Re:Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,Christmas gifts,Is he (-1, Offtopic)

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Wow.

This honestly has to be the first spambot I ever seen around these parts...

Re:Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,Christmas gifts,Is he (1)

JWSmythe (446288) | more than 4 years ago | (#30237196)

    I've seen a few in the last few days. Since Slashdot doesn't delete any posts (yet), it's a golden place for them to be. Those of us reading at -1 see them, but obviously we won't buy from them. It'll should (I believe) help their pagerank though, which hurts everyone else.

Trickery? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30236236)

"Trickery" is what I do to my wife's asshole. I start by teasing her cunt with my finger, then after a few seconds I jam it up her ass.

Re:Trickery? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30236254)

Yeah but she told me she likes it when I do that.

Oh, Look, the Kindle Version is Available! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30236258)

I wonder how long until it gets globally deleted via the wireless updates.

PDF!! (1)

wirah (707347) | more than 4 years ago | (#30236292)

Free download of the Ebook version or it never happened...

Some readers don't much of it. (1)

NoYob (1630681) | more than 4 years ago | (#30236300)

The manual is of some historic value as a relic of the 1950s, when we were actually trying to murder Castro with exploding cigars, but John Mulholland's actual manuals seem of little practical use, even then. Oh, I suppose there's some value in learning how to drop Roofies in your date's drink while lighting her cigarette, but the techniques developed by Mulholland wouldn't have passed muster at "The Man from Uncle." It was more "Get Smart" stuff.

Review here... [amazon.com]

So, it's not all that.

There's a Kindel version so, I guess there will be a torrent?

Re:Some readers don't much of it. (2, Funny)

MadKeithV (102058) | more than 4 years ago | (#30236364)

Some readers don't much of it?
I didn't much of it.
I almost a full of it though.

Re:Some readers don't much of it. (1)

fnj (64210) | more than 4 years ago | (#30236602)

Yeah, 1 out of 4 reviewers has given it 2 stars. Two others gave it 4 stars and the last gave it 5 stars. Seems like the consensus is that's it's a cool read.

Re:Some readers don't much of it. (1)

OolimPhon (1120895) | more than 4 years ago | (#30236710)

Yeah, 1 out of 4 reviewers has given it 2 stars. Two others gave it 4 stars and the last gave it 5 stars. Seems like the consensus is that's it's a cool read.

So... it was reviewed by Generals?

The original article? (5, Informative)

Sara Chan (138144) | more than 4 years ago | (#30236302)

So the Slashdot summary links to an article in the Huffington Post. And the HuffPo article links to an article in Wired. And the Wired article links to the actual story in the Boston Globe [boston.com] .

Genius idea: have the Slashdot summary link to the actual story. YES!!!

Re:The original article? (5, Funny)

arachnoprobe (945081) | more than 4 years ago | (#30236314)

Genius idea: have the Slashdot summary link to the actual story. YES!!!

You must be new here.

Re:The original article? (1)

lxs (131946) | more than 4 years ago | (#30236340)

Meh that's so 1994. This is the new /b/ inspired internet where links are linking links that link links. There isn't even a story or a book. It's all links.

Re:The original article? (1)

Megane (129182) | more than 4 years ago | (#30236484)

Yo dawg, I heard you like links, so I put some links in your links so you can link your links.

Anyhow, this manual's existence just goes to show that information really does want to be free. Or at least wants to go from classified document to $10.99 a copy.

Re:The original article? (5, Funny)

CharlyFoxtrot (1607527) | more than 4 years ago | (#30236572)

So the Slashdot summary links to an article in the Huffington Post. And the HuffPo article links to an article in Wired. And the Wired article links to the actual story in the Boston Globe [boston.com]

Slashdot: now a free treasure hunt with every story !

Re:The original article? (1)

microcars (708223) | more than 4 years ago | (#30236830)

it is called Lubrication. Internet does not work without it.

Re:The original article? (0)

jcombel (1557059) | more than 4 years ago | (#30237164)

So the Slashdot summary links to an article in the Huffington Post. And the HuffPo article links to an article in Wired. And the Wired article links to the actual story in the Boston Globe [boston.com] . Genius idea: have the Slashdot summary link to the actual story. YES!!!

i am upvoting you with my mind

Re:The original article? (1)

ozbird (127571) | more than 4 years ago | (#30237292)

So the Slashdot summary links to an article in the Huffington Post. And the HuffPo article links to an article in Wired. And the Wired article links to the actual story in the Boston Globe.

"Misdirection", check; give it a few minutes for "concealment" to kick in...

slashvert (0)

cOldhandle (1555485) | more than 4 years ago | (#30236328)

The summary is just a very misleading slashvert, it makes it seem like one original copy is for sale. It is just some document that has been declassified and is now being published in a hardcover book...

Oh come on, everybody has that on his hard disk! (4, Interesting)

Hurricane78 (562437) | more than 4 years ago | (#30236352)

It’s not particularly hard to find. Amongst the things that I found on eDonkey, some old anarchy sites, etc, are tons of CIA and army manuals about questionable topics. The one I found particularly nice was a guide that explained to you how to get a major or other politician off his post, or even killed, trough small nudges here and there in the town. Talk to someone here, do this there, and let the event cascade roll into a avalanche that breaks his neck.
Then of course torture and interrogation manuals, building bombs and healing yourself in emergency situations or covert operations, etc. etc. etc. Everything from TNT over Napalm, termite, picking locks, spying on people, spy protection, and ten years ago I found a complete technical description of how to build a nuclear bomb. With a text file attached, saying to ask there and there when you’d find yourself in need for the “materials” to build it. ^^
Luckily I was only angry at my dad, and not at any country, back then. ^^
Hmm... I wonder if I still have them somewhere... probably locked away in a archive with military-grade encryption that I forgot the password to. ;)

Re:Oh come on, everybody has that on his hard disk (4, Funny)

smitty777 (1612557) | more than 4 years ago | (#30236408)

Remind me not to get on your bad side. If I had any mod points, I'd give them to you, my friend. In fact, I'd give you all of them...really.

Re:Oh come on, everybody has that on his hard disk (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30236940)

You coward !

Re:Oh come on, everybody has that on his hard disk (5, Interesting)

zwei2stein (782480) | more than 4 years ago | (#30236452)

Most of those files were work of BBS users and can range anywhere from complete bullshit all the way to actually working stuff.

I guess you know this, but rest of slashdot could take a peek at those manuals here: http://textfiles.com/ [textfiles.com]

Re:Oh come on, everybody has that on his hard disk (1)

delvsional (745684) | more than 4 years ago | (#30236594)

Could I get a zip file of all that? please?

Re:Oh come on, everybody has that on his hard disk (1)

Hurricane78 (562437) | more than 4 years ago | (#30236704)

Sure. Install eMule, configure it, and enter “cia” or “army” and you got half of it. The other half is found by searching for “bbs anarchy” on Google. Don’t expect me to send it to you directly though, for obvious reasons. :)

Oh, and of course I forgot, that the “illegal” cookbook (yes, THE cookbook) is also easily available.
My father, being a bit of a collector, also once acquired the original 70s paper version of that book. Even back then you could go straight to jail for “terrorism” just for owning it. It was an interesting read for someone going to 4rth class. ^^
I don’t know if he still has it though. Haven’t seen him for 10 years now.
He also told me, that back then, a “cookbook” often just was a book with a grenade in it. ^^

Re:Oh come on, everybody has that on his hard disk (1)

jaggeh (1485669) | more than 4 years ago | (#30237212)

wikileaks has a lot of it, up to date versions too.

Re:Oh come on, everybody has that on his hard disk (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30236716)

Personally I found tm 31-210 [google.com] to be most interesting. Forget the Anarchist Cookbook, the USA Government itself provides the best manual to cook your own explosives. Only click the links at Google if you're not paranoid...

Re:Oh come on, everybody has that on his hard disk (1)

Hurricane78 (562437) | more than 4 years ago | (#30236728)

Hmm... Now I really wonder where the “flamebait” part of my comment is supposed to be. :)
Or is this some special agent? If so: Hello there. I can see you. ;P

Disclaimer: I am not pro- or contra- anything. I just think that some idiot should stop beating their heads (and especially those of others) in over pointless shit. :) If that means you hate me, then I’m proud of it. ^^

Deception.... (1)

cra (172225) | more than 4 years ago | (#30236362)

So, it looks like it worked, then...

Amazon link (1)

The New Andy (873493) | more than 4 years ago | (#30236382)

Amazon link [amazon.com] (from the article, which shows that the Huffington Post guys took it from boingboing... so if there is a referrer code in there, then it isn't mine).

I much prefer a link to the book on amazon than a write up about how it exists there. Given that the book is "In Stock" for $15, I'm guessing this isn't the one remaining copy for sale :)

Re:Amazon link (1)

The New Andy (873493) | more than 4 years ago | (#30236388)

... or I could have deduced that they took it from boingboing by just reading the very next two words after the link, where they credit the story as "via BoingBoing"

Available at Barnes&Noble as well (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30236398)

Oh look, BN.com has it as well: http://books.barnesandnoble.com/search/results.aspx?WRD=Official+CIA+Manual

This has been out for years (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30236426)

The whole manuscript was published in a magicians' monthly magazine called "Genii" several years ago. Granted, it is a fascinating read, but it was not "just discovered".

I just ordered 2 (-1, Redundant)

N0t4v41l4bl3 (1677348) | more than 4 years ago | (#30236450)

Last copy eh? Why then does Amazon let me buy in multiples?

A few excerpts. (4, Funny)

L4t3r4lu5 (1216702) | more than 4 years ago | (#30236456)

Chapter One: Misdirection
Let me preface this with a few words WHOA LOOK BEHIND YOU MAN! Did you look? I knew it! There you go. Misdirection.

Chapter 2: Concealment:
Watch Pulp Fiction. Captain Koons talking to Butch about his grandpa's wristwatch is all you need know.

Chapter 3: Stagecraft.
See Chapter One. Do something while they're not looking. If someone looks while you're doing whatever it is you're doing, kill them. Claim they were terrorists.

Re:A few excerpts. (1)

KiloByte (825081) | more than 4 years ago | (#30236918)

WHOA LOOK BEHIND YOU MAN!

Ok, I looked. And where's the three-headed monkey?

Re:A few excerpts. (1)

girasquid (1234570) | more than 4 years ago | (#30237324)

You TERRORIST.

Mandatory (3, Funny)

frozentier (1542099) | more than 4 years ago | (#30236462)

I was under the impression that this book was mandatory reading for all U.S. politicians.

One copy? (1)

Cigarra (652458) | more than 4 years ago | (#30236560)

The book is "in stock" in Amazon, and Invisible Hand [mozilla.org] showed me links to at least 4 other sites where they're selling it... So WTF?

Re:One copy? (1)

_Shad0w_ (127912) | more than 4 years ago | (#30236712)

I believe "one copy" is a reference to the original copy, on which the published book is based.

The Cake.Is.A lie (0, Offtopic)

VShael (62735) | more than 4 years ago | (#30236680)

doncha know...

silent weapons (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30236736)

the best such document i have seen has been silent weapons for quiet wars. really makes you think about the world in its current state... and the invented "problems" like economy, CO2 etc

Summary is wrong (0)

krou (1027572) | more than 4 years ago | (#30236964)

It didn't first surface on Amazon and then become available. If you actually read the article (at the Boston Globe and Wired), it's available for sale on Amazon, but it originally got declassified by the CIA itself.

A Manual for the Obvious (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30237022)

If anyone needs a training manual to outline those obvious "tricks," it does not say much for his intelligence and inventiveness. Any schoolboy has reinvented those deceptions many times over.

Direct Links Already (0, Redundant)

angryphase (766302) | more than 4 years ago | (#30237422)

An article on Slashdot linking to The Huffington Post, talking about a Wired story talking about an item for sale on Amazon. No need for the book, misdirection is alive and well.
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