The military is a community just like any other. It has its own social norms—and stigmas. Its own culture—and subcultures. The military intelligence community—and all its disparate and freaky sub-subcultures—is no different: a microcosmic analog of its macrocosmic parent. That microcosm has all the trappings of a culture/subculture, complete with its own lingo, legends, and lore.
What follows is an example of one such nugget of lore. I say it’s lore since I can’t verify it. Doesn’t mean it’s not the truth, it just means *I* can’t tell you it’s the truth. This tale was told to me by an old counter-intelligence warrant officer. This guy had spent the vast majority of his career in Cold War Germany, and of that, a significant portion working in Berlin itself—and elsewhere in-theater.
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