MICE*, or what drives a spy

"Project Slammer, now partially declassified, was based on extensive prison interviews with some 30 former military and intelligence personnel who had been convicted of spying for Russia, China and other hostile powers during the Cold War, from the lowest enlisted men to senior CIA officers like Aldrich Ames. It sought to answer why they had violated the trust their agencies had bestowed on them.

[...] the authors of the highly classified Project Slammer report, delivered to CIA management on April 12, 1990, emphasized that behavioral changes were often associated with acts of espionage.

“The authors believe that if co-workers and bosses could be educated to intervene with a troubled employee early on, damaging espionage might be prevented.” [...]

The Project Slammer report said it was "not possible to determine whether employee assistance, private counseling or other therapeutic applications would have made a significant difference ..." But it pointed out that no traditional counterintelligence methods -- background investigations, lie detectors, surveillance -- worked either."


*MICE: Money, Ideology, Coercion, Ego

Surviving American bomb attack

In the 1960s, when American imperialism threatened to wipe all life on the Planet, Polish builders (WWII destruction still fresh on everybody's mind) came up with a plan to help save some of their compatriots: high-rises constructed at the time feature bomb shelters.

These shelters were built into the basement system, often extending outside of the building, underground. Air raid drill alarms were conducted semi regularly, with people expected to consider the route of evacuation from their apartments. The shelters were basically concrete corridors and rooms. Ventilation was provided by on-the-ground structures, such as the one shown in the photo. You can see these in numerous neighborhoods around Warsaw, and if you're lucky you may be able to visit one.

A vent to a bomb shelter serving three apartment buildings: