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December 20, 2007


Jeff Carr

ROFLMAO! Happy holidays, RJ!




TO: All Employees
DATE: 4th November
RE: Christmas Party

I'm happy to inform you that the company Christmas Party will
take place December 23rd, starting at noon in the private function room
at the Grill House. There will be a cash bar and plenty of drinks!
We'll have a small band playing traditional carols...please feel free to
sing along.
And don't be surprised if the Managing Director shows up
dressed as Santa Claus! A Christmas tree will be lit at 1.00 p.m.
Exchange of gifts among employees can be done at that time;
however, no gift should be over $10.00 to make the giving of gifts easy
for everyone's pockets.
This gathering is only for employees! The Managing Director
will make a special announcement at the Party.

Merry Christmas to you and your family.


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~
FROM: Pauline Lewis, Human Resources Director
TO: All Employees
DATE: 5th November

RE: Holiday Party

In no way was yesterday's memo intended to exclude our Jewish
employees. We recognize that Chanukah is an important holiday, which
often coincides with Christmas, though unfortunately not this year.
However, from now on
we're calling it our 'Holiday Party.' The same policy applies
to any other employees who are not Christians. There will be no
Christmas tree or Christmas carols sung. We will have other types of
music for your enjoyment.

Happy now?

Happy Holidays to you and your family,


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~
FROM; Pauline Lewis, Human Resources Director
TO: All Employees
DATE: 6th November

RE: Holiday Party

Regarding the note I received from a member of Alcoholics
Anonymous requesting a non-drinking didn't sign your name.
I'm happy to accommodate this request, but if I put a sign on a table
that reads, "AA Only," you wouldn't be anonymous anymore!!!! How am I
supposed to handle this? Somebody?
Forget about the gift exchange, no gift exchange allowed now
since the Union Officials feel that $10.00 is too much money and
Management believe $10.00 is a little cheap.



~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~
FROM: Pauline Lewis, Human Resources Director
TO: All Employees
DATE: 7th November

RE: Holiday Party

What a diverse group we are! I had no idea that December 20th
begins the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which forbids eating and
drinking during daylight hours. There goes the party! Seriously, we can
appreciate how a luncheon at this time of year does not accommodate our
Muslim employees' beliefs, perhaps the Grill House can hold off on
serving your meal until the end of the party - or else package
everything up for you to take home in a little foil doggy bag. Will that
Meanwhile, I've arranged for members of Weight Watchers to sit
farthest from the dessert buffet and pregnant women will get the table
closest to the toilets, Gays are allowed to sit with each other,
Lesbians do not have to sit with gay men, each will have their own
Yes, there will be flower arrangements for the gay men's
table, too.
To the person asking permission to cross dress - no cross
dressing allowed.
And no, no blow-up sheep.
We will have booster seats for short people. Low fat food will
be available for those on a diet. We cannot control the salt used in the
food. We suggest those people with high blood pressure taste the food
first. There will be fresh fruits as dessert for diabetics, the
restaurant cannot supply "No Sugar" desserts. Sorry!

Did I miss anything?!?!?!?!?!


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~
FROM: Pauline Lewis, Human Resources Director
TO: All F****** Employees
DATE: 8 November

RE: The ******** Holiday Party.

Vegetarian ****** I've had it with you people!!! We're going
to keep this party at the Grill House whether you like it or not, so you
can sit quietly at the table furthest from the "grill of death", as you
so quaintly put it.
You'll get your f****** salad bar, including organic tomatoes,
but you know tomatoes have feeling, too. They scream when you slice
them. I've heard them scream. I'm hearing them scream right NOW!!

Hope you all have a rotten holiday * drink, drive, and die!

The Bitch from HELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~

FROM: John Bishop - Acting Human Resources Director
DATE: 9th November
RE: Pauline Lewis and Holiday Party

I'm sure I speak for all of us in wishing Pauline Lewis a
speedy recovery, and I'll continue to forward your cards to her.

In the meantime, Management has decided to cancel our Holiday
Party and instead, give everyone the afternoon of the 23rd December off
with full pay.


To the watchstanders at the Hqs Ops Center on Christmas eve: I know, I've been there. Merry Christmas, and thanks.

zz ziled

St. Nick AKA the Bishop of Myra brings us news for the New Year from the the East:

Ask the Department of Homeland Security to colour code this one in redacted red hot braille, --- since the current Administration's National Security eyes have been VERY conveniently BLINDED OUT it seems ...

"In the article, just filed tonight,... [Sibel Edmonds, the former FBI translator who has been under a Bush administration gag order for the past 5 years],... reveals details overheard on wiretaps she translated during her time at the FBI, just after 9/11. Her disclosures to the Times reveal a maze of nuclear black market espionage involving U.S. Defense and State Department officials, that resulted in the sale and propagation of nuclear secrets to Turkish and Israeli interests. In turn, that information was then sold to Pakistan and used by A.Q. Kahn for development of nuclear weapons. The secrets were subsequently proliferated to Iran, Libya, North Korea, and potentially al-Qaeda's Osama bin Laden, just weeks prior to September 11th, 2001."


...and then tell me that it was "Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer's Red Nose" was the reason for the outing of Valarie Plame [Wilson], [],
who was allegedly working on these very same counter-proliferation issues at the CIA---that was unrelated coincidence wasn't it...

"Devoted to good works, Saint Nicholas [270-310] was once Bishop of Myra ("Myrrh"), a town now called Demre. Anatolia, the territory of modern Turkey, has been the heartland of human civilization since 7,000 BC."


This would be ridiculously funny if it did not have elements of truth to it. Not that anything said actually happened, of course, but those of us who have been long-term field operatives for the CIA recognize the indictment of the Company's bureaucracy therein. I wasted many long hours of my 23 year career as a deep cover field operative writing cables responding to bureaucratic requirements from CIA headquarters. I quickly learned not to butt heads with the bureaucrats, but rather respond that you have learned much from their insight and have a better grasp of your operations because of their experience. I also learned that the bureaucratic memory at CIA headquarters if very short. He, they have to earn their promotions, too. Well, great little article but also sad for those of us who recognize the truth in it.

otel rehberi

I wasted many long hours of my 23 year career as a deep cover field operative writing cables responding to bureaucratic requirements from CIA headquarters. I quickly learned not to butt heads with the bureaucrats, but rather respond that you have learned much from their insight and have a better grasp of your operations because of their experience.

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  • A tip of the hat to investigative journalist Tim Shorrock who inspired the name of this blog with his path-breaking 2005 article, "The Spy Who Billed Me."

    Shorrock has a dedicated web page on outsourcing in intel. It links to many of his articles which are must-reads for anyone interested in the privatization of intelligence.