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Issues Forum: James Olson, "To Catch A Spy: The Art of Counterintelligence"

George Bush Presidential Library and Museum
College Station, TX

Sunday, April 14, 2019 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The book “To Catch a Spy” offers a wake-up call for the American public and also a guide for how our country can do a better job of protecting its national security and trade secrets. Olson takes the reader into the arcane world of counterintelligence as he lived it during his thirty-year career in the CIA. After an overview of what the Chinese, Russian, and Cuban spy services are doing to the United States, Olson explains the nitty-gritty of the principles and methods of counterintelligence.

James M. Olson served for over thirty years in the Directorate of Operations of the Central Intelligence Agency, mostly overseas in clandestine operations. In addition to several foreign assignments, he was chief of counterintelligence at CIA headquarters in Virginia. Currently, he is a Professor of the Practice at the Bush School of Government and Public Service of Texas A&M University. He is the author of Fair Play: The Moral Dilemmas of Spying.

This Issues Forum is in conjunction with an exhibit at the Bush Library and Museum, "Spies, Traitors, Saboteurs: Fear and Freedom in America,” created by the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC. The exhibit provides unprecedented perspective into terror on American soil. The exhibition uncovers the forgotten stories of domestic terrorists and foreign agents, militant radicals and saboteurs, who have threatened America's sense of security over the past 200 years.

Admission is free, but seating is limited, and reservations are encouraged. Please email reservations.bush@nara.gov, or call 979-691-4014 to reserve seats. There is a reception, a book sale, and a book signing to follow the event.

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