The UNcivilized Podcast

| Jan 03, 2022

Marc Polymeropoulos — Lessons from 26 years in the CIA

Marc Polymeropoulos

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Have you ever seen Agent 007 movies and dreamed of being like James Bond? Live exciting adventures in a late model car, dodging bullets while you race. Today we will bring you a real CIA spy, and the reality of it will make your heart beat faster than the fiction you see in the movies.
Today's guest is Marc Polymeropoulos —a man with a surname so complicated that former president George Bush spent hours trying to learn it. In this episode, he will tell us the stories behind this powerful company. Everything from PTSD, mental problems, and the missions; stories that will leave you open-mouthed.
Did you know how easy it is to become a spy nowadays? Our guest will tell us how to do it.
Marc Polymeropoulos worked for 26 years at the CIA before retiring in July 2019 at the Senior Intelligence Service level. He was one of CIA’s most highly decorated operations officers who served in multiple field assignments for the U.S. government. He specialized in counterterrorism, the Middle East and South Asia, including extensive time in Iraq and Afghanistan. Prior to his retirement, Marc served at CIA headquarters and was in charge of CIA’s clandestine operations in Europe and Eurasia. He frequently comments on international events in the US media, to include the Washington PostThe New York TimesGQ, Yahoo, CNN, and MSNBC. He also writes a weekly column on intelligence as a Washington Examiner contributor.  Marc’s book, “Clarity in Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the CIA,” was published by Harper Collins in June 2021.
Twitter: @mpolymer
[3:56] CIA application system.
[7:31] The wellness after leaving one of the largest security companies in the United States.
[15:37] Dealing with psychological problems with alternative medicine.
[17:51] From an adventurous life to becoming a writer.
[21:35] What creates crisis and chaos?
[26:51] What does it take to join the secret service?
[31:58] After so much war, is there faith in humanity?
[34:32] The toxic role of social networks in society.
[39:00] The culture, social and economic aspects of the pandemic.
[42:20] Will there ever be peace between countries?
[44:27] Which country is the biggest threat to the United States?
[47:30] Powerful but incorruptible men.
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