A CIA Contractor Christmas

Agent Smith

R.J. Hillhouse, author of the Spy Who Billed Me blog and the excellent novel Outsourced, shares insider info on a typical holiday for CIA’s private contractors:

Day One. Partridge in a pear tree: During the night-shift at the NSA, Booz Allen contractors suddenly have their online Christmas shopping interrupted when Booz Allen proprietary counterterrorist data-mining algorithms note an unusual spike in internet chatter of “persons of interest” using the term “partridge in a pear tree.”  Their NSA Contracting Officer’s Technical Rep is alerted.

Day Two. Two turtle doves: At the NSA, SAIC contractors discover a correlation between “partridge in a pear tree” and “two turtle doves.”  The NSA notifies the CIA. CIA analysts who are new to the job due to high Agency turnover do not recognize the turtle-dove/partridge-in-a-pear-tree pattern, but speculate that the combination of phrases indicates that a terrorist plan may have gone operational.  The White House is briefed.

Read the whole piece here.

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