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Attention all spies: San Diego county sheriff Bill Gore, himself an ex–FBI special agent, is in the market for those schooled in the dark arts of espionage. “The Sheriff’s Department is seeking proposals from qualified firms to provide highly trained intelligence analysts who are subject matter experts in counter-terrorism, domestic terrorism, international terrorism, critical infrastructure, as well as all crimes/all-hazards,” says an April 16 request for proposals. The county’s spy central, the document adds, is the so-called Fusion Center on Kearny Mesa, a top secret, federally funded complex where U.S. agents mix with law enforcement types further down the food chain to keep tabs on suspicious activities of many sorts. “The intelligence analysts are the backbone of every Fusion Center,” according to the request, “as they analyze the patterns, trends, and evidence of organized criminal activity for use by first responders and public safety executives.” In particular, “The intelligence analysts should have analytical work experience on the Southwest Border and work experience involving products developed from High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area initiatives.” It also doesn’t hurt to have worked for the Central Intelligence Agency, notes the document. And, of course, a security clearance is mandatory. But even espionage requires regular breaks: “Intelligence analysts will be permitted paid time off under this Agreement for all the County holidays.”

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Javajoe25 April 26, 2012 @ 9:41 p.m.

Now this is a job that interests me. I have the experience in law enforcement, espionage, counter terrorism, and intelligence analysis. The only thing I'm lacking is a high degree of experience with Colombian hookers. I wonder if that will go against me?

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Visduh April 28, 2012 @ 8:15 p.m.

This is another one of those pieces in the Reader that appear serious until you note that they are categorized as "almost factual" and are written by a person named "Mencken." But this one is attributed to Matt Potter, while it has all the earmarks of one of the usual satyric efforts of Mencken. So, I guess that this high-tech local effort is for real. Sounds like something out of "Get Smart", the 60's spoof of high intensity intelligence gathering by a total clown. Oops, I gave it away. Gore. Total clown. Sorry.

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Javajoe25 April 29, 2012 @ 1:38 p.m.

Can you imagine all the man-hours and money that is going to be pissed away on this paranoid delusional nonsense. Wouldn't it be so much easier to just legalize the crap and let those who want to get dopey do so on pennies a day? I don't get it. This all seems to me to be more a case of the "boys want their toys," but need a reason to justify the expense. What a load of bull.

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