Jewish World Review July 15, 2013/ 8 Menachem-Av, 5773
By Paul Greenberg
Talk about the ideal public servant, just glance at Richard Windsor's résumé at the
That's scarcely Mr. Windsor's only achievement. In the war against terrorism, he was certified in cyber-security awareness and recognized for launching an initiative that encourages federal employees to report any suspicious activity to the proper authorities. Not to mention his being certified in email-records management, too.
Who says bureaucrats are just there to twiddle their thumbs while waiting to collect their pensions? This accomplished guardian of the public interest with all these awards under his belt breaks that unfair stereotype.
If he sounds too good to be true, maybe that's because he is.
It was revealed not long ago that he's just an email alias for
Till then, Mr. Windsor served as a useful way for
What a neat arrangement. No wonder Mr. Windsor, among his other distinctions, is certified in email-records management.
But it may take a while before
What prompts someone to adopt a phony name? A desire to cloak less than respectable behavior? Just the human desire to see how much we can get away with? Or loyalty to a higher cause than the public interest, like The Environment, which has become our current Deity?
There are probably as many reasons for adopting a false identity as there are false identities. The psychological reasons for such tricks can be complicated. But all such ruses are surely rooted in the same desire: an attempt to escape responsibility for one's words or actions. But this one has an exceptional twist: Not many phonies have the brass to claim their deception is just "standard practice" when they're exposed.
The assumption of a false identity is a standard ploy not just in spy stories, but in the lives of spies. Double agents have a long history in espionage work, and triple agents are not unknown. In czarist times, it was not always easy to tell whether an agent provocateur was a dangerous radical, a government spy, or just which side he was on. Sometimes he himself might not know. His false identity might be so convincing he no longer had a real one, his loyalty so divided he might have none at all.
Do you think
Think of the highly placed British spies who defected to the
A similar fate surely awaits
The word "traitor" has been tossed around entirely too casually in
Consider the well-known case of
In any case, Major General Arnold's punishment was more condign than any court could have devised -- to watch the cause he had abandoned go on to triumph, and have his name become a synonym for traitor. In the end, he is a figure not only to be despised but pitied.
Does the same fate await
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We all have multiple loyalties -- whether to G0D and country, friends and family, our own ethical code and society's, means and ends. ... How we reconcile them all is a continuous marvel, never so impressive as when the result is simple integrity. An integrated personality is no simple achievement.
How did Alger Hiss really think of himself -- as a loyal Communist spy, or a devoted public servant framed by an old friend named
Maybe he thought of himself as just being true to a higher loyalty. And that may be the key to the invention of
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