26 September 2006

Things that fascinate me

In Tom Clancy's book Red Rabbit, he speculates that the CIA might have altered the plumbing at the Blair House (the guest house for state visitors to Washington, D.C.) so that they could collect urine samples of foreign leaders for medical examination and exploitation. Obviously the book is a work of fiction, but Clancy's books have a tendency to be based on well-researched factual information.

Other than having had the job of organizing the collection of urine samples, I have no idea about the chemistry of its testing, nor if it could be collected and accurately analyzed in such a manner as described above. Still, it is a fascinating concept of spy tradecraft.
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