Ronald Kessler Quotes


The 9/11 commission recommended the appointment of a national intelligence director with budgetary authority to better coordinate the work of the intelligence community and resolve differences.

The FBI Academy teaches new agents that the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior.

I sat next to Carl Bernstein throughout Watergate and Woodward would come over and they would argue everything out so I was really tuned into what happened.

If Madison Avenue advertising executives were to pick a song that would best represent America the last one they would choose is 'The Star Spangled Banner.'

Pension funds endowments and private investors trust Mitt Romney's former company Bain Capital enough to hand it billions of dollars in assets.

To reform the Secret Service the agency needs a director from outside the agency who will be immune from that culture and not beholden to entrenched bureaucrats within the agency.

If FBI agents can't be trusted to wiretap within the law why trust them to carry weapons or make arrests?

To become a Secret Service agent applicants must pass a polygraph exam. But after being hired agents are never required to undergo regular lie detector testing again.

Incredibly whenever I have proposed the theory that half of government workers could be cut current and former federal employees I know have all agreed.

The truth is that no internal reviews or congressional hearings will change the Secret Service's broken management culture. It needs better leadership.

When I was doing interviews at the FBI my tape recorder battery died. They gave me a new one and I said 'Of course this is bugged?'

My mother Minuetta Kessler was a concert pianist and composer who performed at Carnegie Hall and Town Hall.

Walk around any shopping mall and you will see stores and restaurants opened six months ago and are - that are now closing. In the life of a company eight years is an eternity.

During the Cuban Missile Crisis decisions made by President John F. Kennedy and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev could have plunged both countries into thermonuclear war.

In typical Washington fashion nothing gets reformed until a disaster happens.

Love him or hate him no one has been able to figure out Donald Trump.

When 'The Washington Post' ran the first national story about FBI profiling in 1984 no one outside of law enforcement recognized the term.

As you can tell from the titles of my books I like to probe secret organizations secret subjects. And this sometimes gets me into trouble.