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Prevention: The Missing Link for Managing Insider Threat in the Intelligence Community

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True Psychology of the Insider Spy  |  Proposing a New Policy for Improving National Security by Fixing the Problem of Insider Spies

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NOIR for USA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to educate and promote to the US Intelligence Community, policymakers and the public the NOIR concepts and ideas which are intended to improve our national security by fixing the problem of insider spies in an innovative way. Most Insider Threat management initiatives have been technology driven. While clever and useful up to a point, they are subject to the Law of Diminishing Returns and can backfire by creating a negative, distrustful workplace atmosphere. A well-motivated insider can defeat nearly any technology-based system. They will always find a way. By contrast, the NOIR proposal centers on the minds of potential or current insider threats: their psychologies, and their inner worlds. The battle must be won there. It’s time for something new: the proposed National Office for Intelligence Reconciliation (NOIR). Learn more

Factors for Reconciliation

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Benefits of NOIR Concept

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    Decisively stopping insider spying at much earlier stages


    Getting more timely and thorough Damage Assessments, our greatest need from insider spies


    Taking advantage of the cooperation of insider spies to work for us as doubled agents to feed disinformation, uncover other penetrations, etc



    Degrading spy-handler relationships of all adversary intelligence services, an advantage exclusive to our intelligence community, and our closest allies


    Bridging stovepipes within the intelligence community by sharing a community-wide resourc


    Redefining the shared meaning of insider spying so no one will want to cross that line


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    Weakening of Spy-Handler Relationships

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    Roll Up Spy Networks Becomes More Likely

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    NOIR Promotes Readiness to Reconcile

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    Morale Improvement for Intelligence Community Agencies

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    Insider Spy Productivity Decreases in Anticipation


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    Partially Solving the Problem of the Non-Prosecutable Spy

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    Getting Traction with Ideological, Ethnic, Religious or Psychopathic Spies

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    Smoothing the Outplacement Process When All Else Fails

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    Managing Difficult “Gray Zone” Personnel Problems

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    Creating an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) of Last Resort

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What Made Spy George Blake Tick?

By Dr. David Charney This article first appeared in Jeff Stein’s SpyTalk. What to make of George Blake, associated with the Cambridge Five, who died this week in Russia at the ripe old age of 98? Trying to understand the psychology of a mole is tougher than it first appears. The acronym MICE is bandied…

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Psychiatrist David Charney Explores the Psychology of the Insider Spy

Dr. David Charney’s medical school alumni magazine wrote a featured article about his work in the spring 2020 issue of Upstate Medical Alumni Journal: From Patriot to Traitor: Psychiatrist David Charney Explores the Psychology of the Insider Spy (pdf) . . . . According to Virginia-based psychiatrist David Charney, MD ’68, spies often decide to…

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The Mind of a Spy

Journalist James Rosen recently produced an excellent piece called, “The Mind of a Spy,” and interviewed Dr. David Charney about Robert Hanssen, the thought process of someone who decides to spy, and the NOIR concept as a potential solution to preventing and stopping espionage. The show aired on Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson.   Psychiatrist…

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An Off-Ramp on the Road to Hell

By John Alan Irvin Proverbs are passed down over the centuries or millennia because we recognize that they contain a larger truth or a useful lesson. Circumstances change, but the proverbs stay relevant. That’s because they speak to our human nature, which hasn’t changed. As unique as we may be as individuals, as humans we’re…

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Can Computers and Algorithms Catch A Spy?

Identifying and catching CIA officer Aldrich Ames, who was spying for Russian intelligence, is looked at in-depth in this excellent NPR documentary. Many of those involved in the counterintelligence aspect of the case are interviewed. Discussed is whether technology can help catch a spy. Dr. David Charney is interviewed for this program, beginning at 36:00.

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The Spy of Raspberry Falls

Kevin Mallory’s hatred was never for his country. It was only for himself, said Dr. David Charney in a BBC Radio documentary about this spy who worked for the CIA and spied for China. – From the BBC: Kevin Mallory lived a double life – he helped people on his street with yard work, went…

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“I am utterly amazed to find this espionage related website that accurately describes the true experiences of the spy. Reading the stages actually made me tremble as I recalled my own entry into the world of espionage and the inevitable consequences.”

—Jeffrey M. Carney, US Air Force intel specialist who spied for East Germany’s Ministry of State Security (MfS)


Read about the 10 Life Stages that a Spy goes through