New #2 at CIA studied physics, used to read erotica at an independent bookstore she co-owned

"The former host of 'Erotica Night' at a Baltimore bookstore will be the first-ever female number two official at the CIA." Perhaps the Daily Beast is trying to make us like Avril Haines less, but the more I read about her serving chicken tostadas to bookworm couples by candlelight on Anne Rice Night, the more she sounds like a Boing Boing reader who has since joined the dark side.


      1. Your problem is that you were fooled. Surely an intelligent woman, such as yourself, can see past the ruse of binary politics.

  1. I bet she code-names S3KR1T stuff
    Spanking China
    Drone Ribalidry
    Lady Chatterly’s Rendition

  2. Yeah, failing to see the Danger Danger Will Robinson issue here.  Sounds like a well-rounded and well-educated choice.  Actually, that’s the part that surprises me.

    1. I think that’s the only surprising part. CIA agents are not born, for the most part; they are created in secret underground laboratories, and their ideas of fun all involve insects. How the hell did a happy mutant get in there?

    2. CIA has always had lots of highly educated people, just as its predecessor the OSS did.  The difference is that these days they’re not all from Yale.

  3. Just because someone works for the government, even the CIA, doesn’t automatically make them a Sith. It’s entirely possible to go in with the best of intentions and wind up overseeing and becoming complicit in abuses of power. For example, just look at the President. The road to hell is paved with good intentions and steamrolled by institutional inertia. But then as an erotica reading physicist, I’m biased :)

    1. Just as it’s entirely possible to fall to the Dark Side “with the best of intentions.”  One minute you’re rushing off to rescue your mother; the next minute you’re massacring a tribe of Tatooine natives. 

      The preceding good intentions don’t negate the reality of the fall. 

  4. “dark side” is so negative. It’s just a different side; a side that happens to conduct covert police actions for the sake of advancing its interpretation of national interests while existing in perpetuity and without oversight. But everyone is the hero of their own story, ya know?

  5. I’m not entirely sure they’re trashing here. I just think the headline is sensationalist. 

    The article goes on to say quite a few nice things about here, and paint her as a welcome change.
    I agree, and being that I have friends that live in Fell’s point, and know the area, am quite glad to hear of her appointment. Her parents are liberal republicans, as well as academics, so she seems to have quite the balanced upbringing. 

  6. “Now witness the power of this FULLY ARMED and OPERATIONAL datacenter!”

  7. And here I thought that the CIA was a Mormon Boy’s Club… This ought’a put a few knots in their undies.

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