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A dog.

Jim Lawler, aka “Mad Dog”, was a CIA case officer for 25 years. In this episode we hear some of the stories he has and things he did while working in the CIA.

Jim has two books out. Affiliate links below.

Living Lies: A Novel of the Iranian Nuclear Weapons Program

In the Twinkling of an Eye: A Novel of Biological Terror and Espionage


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JACK: I want to tell you about Operation Lying Doggo. Have you seen those Lhasa Apso dogs? They’re the big breed dogs with really long, bushy hair. Like, you can’t even see their eyes. Or think about those mop dogs, you know, the ones that look like their hair is made of a mop? Well, there was a CIA operation which required the Special Agents to buy one of these big dogs that had this long, bushy hair. These agents then found someone who had permission to go into a high-security area. There were security guards in this area which would ID the people trying to come in and search the car. The CIA wanted to get into there, but they couldn’t; security was just too tight. But they came up with a plan to try to get this big-haired dog through the gate. So, they convinced some people who had access into the secure compound to let the dog ride in the back of the car every time they went in and out of the gate. The security guard would stop the car and check their IDs and see their clearances, and also look at the dog in the back. But when everything looked fine, he would let them go on. [MUSIC] The dog got into the high-security area. Phase 1 of the operation is a success, but now we’re on to Phase 2, which is to make the dog a regular visitor.

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