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View Poll Results: Would you date a case officer?
Yes 33 50.00%
No 20 30.30%
Maybe 9 13.64%
I think I have! 4 6.06%
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Old 12-03-2013, 10:24 PM
 
Location: SF CA, USA
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Those are not "agents" you describe. They are CIA employees, not field agents.
Ah..forgive me then. I mistakenly assumed it was a generic catch all term for everyone who worked there. In that case, obviously no, one would not want a relationship with someone who's work is his or her life and vice versa, and who may end up captured in some hole in Pakistan. No one with any common sense at least.
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Old 12-03-2013, 11:17 PM
 
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Hell yeah.
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Old 12-04-2013, 02:42 AM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland
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You wouldn't know anyway. Field agents are usually given what seems very average jobs.
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Old 12-04-2013, 05:36 AM
 
Location: Emerald Coast, FL
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IMO, much of their job is to do unethical things or induce others to do unethical things. So, no - their character may be too compromised for them to be a good partner.
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Old 12-04-2013, 05:37 AM
 
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Well I'm guessing that the vast majority of CIA agents are not in the field and are not handling super important top secret confidential information. In fact, for most of the tech analysts and paper pushers at the Pentagon, it's probably no different than any other white collar job. I'm also guessing most of them have families and relationships as well.
This is very much true. Since you bring this up, let me mention that there are no "agents" in the CIA. An "agent" is a local person that a CIA operations officer is "managing." Most employees of the CIA are analysts, admin specialists, and bureaucrats sitting in cubicles and offices.

They are, however, handling classified information, but in effect it's no different from anyone handling confidential or non-public information, like an insurance worker handling their customers' records.

And, yes, you're right, for the most part it's just a day job.

Even for the officers in the field, it's less of a problem than being married to military Special Forces--who may disappear for months at a time and never, ever tell you what they're doing or have done.

For instance, the members of the SEAL team who participated in the attack on bin Laden would have left their families months before the attack and returned months afterward so that they could not be positively identified as having participated in that particular attack. And they have not told their wives what they did.

They may tell their adult grandchildren.
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Old 12-04-2013, 09:41 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Generally, you wouldn't know the person is a CIA agent, unless you're in "the company" as well.
I watch way too many true crime shows, and it's amazing how many sleazoids leading double/triple lives will tell women that they work for the CIA. Actual people who work for the CIA tell people that they generically work for "the government" or something boring like the Department of Agriculture or IRS.
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Old 12-04-2013, 09:53 AM
 
Location: State of Transition
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I watch way too many true crime shows, and it's amazing how many sleazoids leading double/triple lives will tell women that they work for the CIA. Actual people who work for the CIA tell people that they generically work for "the government" or something boring like the Department of Agriculture or IRS.
Right. If someone tells you they're with the CIA, it's a guarantee that they're not.
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Old 12-04-2013, 09:54 AM
 
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You mean, like "Alias" style ?

Wouldnt having a s/o with those wigs to expense every week get pricey ?

And furthermore, I dont know if I could handle being kidnapped, tortured and murdered just to get my s/o to comply with a terrorist more than once.
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Old 12-04-2013, 09:57 AM
 
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No, they're on par with cops. Yuck.
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Old 12-05-2013, 01:38 AM
 
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Read in this article.

Valerie Plame calls CIA the 'world's largest dating agency' - Dave Ross Blog - MyNorthwest.com

Okay, so aside from all the Hollywood romanticizing, there are a couple of things about this that make it an inherently complicated deal:

  • Lots of travel (can be good if you want to explore, but if you've got a home in the area, it's a mess)
  • Trust? What trust? (If you date him/her, you have to be okay with the other person keeping secrets)
  • Are they recruiting me? Spying on me? Marking me for assassination?
  • Change of cover (They could drop out of sight, be resumed dead, change their hair and appearance, and show up at your next job. Unless you know what to look for, you'd never know the difference)
  • Am I really dating him/her, or am I just another client?
  • Oh yea. They could also die. If you don't see them much, their voice on the phone might be recorded by a proxy.
It's never boring though. Anyway, thoughts? If given the chance, would you?

Or do you think you might've anyway (explain why)?
Kinda reminds me of that one cheesy Hollywood wannabe semi-chick flick/action pack movie... with Jolie and Pitt? Two CIA agents? That dumb movie? Yes.

Would I date a CIA agent? Why not, but most likely not, because U.S. CIA commits some of the most heinous acts of humanity I can ever think of. If someone likes the idea of utilizing their powers and abilities to harm others, because they have a certain right or authority to do so, I would have a MAJOR problem.
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