For those of us who have been conned by sociopaths, we should never, ever again feel a shred of embarrassment. Sociopaths are good. They are very, very good. In fact, they are so good that they can con the spymasters at the CIA, the White House and the Pentagon.
It’s true. In an expose published in Playboy Magazine, reporter Aram Roston tells the story of Dennis Montgomery, who claimed he could decode secret bar codes from the Al Jazeera news broadcasts that contained that were actually instructions to sleeper Al Qaeda cells around the world. In fact, Montgomery could deliver latitude and longitude coordinates, and flight numbers, of terrorist targets.
The government took his claims so seriously that they cancelled flights, evacuated the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and sent fighter jets to patrol the skies above the Big Apple.
Oh yeah—they also paid Dennis Montgomery $30 million.
It was all a scam. It is unlikely that the guy ever produced any software code or technology, but he did fake a demonstration to make it look like he did.
Reading the article, the traits of a sociopath are apparent. His own lawyer called Dennis Montgomery “a habitual liar and fraud.” Montgomery was alternately charming and raging. He gambled—a lot—and once lost $422,000 in one day.
Montgomery had no shame and no remorse. After the CIA determined that his software did nothing, he sold the same scam to the Air Force, and was paid another $3 million. In the end, Dennis Montgomery swindled all kinds of “intelligence” officials—people who look for liars and bad guys for a living.
See? We’re not the only ones. And these spymasters should know better.
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