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Published:September 21st, 2010 17:10 EST
CIA Prowls on Facebook For Recruits

CIA Prowls on Facebook For Recruits

By Robert Paul Reyes

"If you`re a Facebook member, a career as a government spook is only a click away.

Since December 2006, the Central Intelligence Agency has been using Facebook.com, the popular social networking site, to recruit potential employees into its National Clandestine Service. It marks the first time the CIA has ventured into social networking to hire new personnel.

The CIA`s Facebook page (login required) provides an overview of what the NCS is looking for in a recruit, along with a 30-second promotional YouTube video aimed at potential college-aged applicants. U.S. citizens with a GPA above 3.0 can apply."

The complete article can be read at:

http://www.wired.com/techbiz/it/news/2007/01/72545

To reach the wired generation the CIA, like any other company, needs to reach them where the live: On the Internet. A college student without a Facebook membership is like a cop without a gun or a nerd without taped-up glasses.

Today`s kids are like spies, their conversation is sprinkled with slang that is undecipherable by adults, and a geezer would have to hire a kid or a codebreaker to make heads or tails of their childrens` text messages. It won`t take much training to make the typical college student into a spook.

To seal the deal the CIA should have a fringe benefits package tailored for young people: Free iPhone, company car with HD radio, top-of-the-line Apple laptop, permission to illegally download music, and free cable TV.

Students who are interested in joining the CIA don`t have to fill out an application form (The Company already knows everything about them), they merely have to let the CIA know they are interested. Just joking, I think.

I applaud the CIA for thinking outside the box, in their drive to get more recruits. I`m just surprised that a GPA of only 3.00 qualifies you for such an important position; with grade inflation even mediocre students can achieve a 3.00 GPA