Author has written 3 stories for Chuck.
Things I Like.
Chuck (TV show)-other then Burn Notice-the only show I watch other then the history and learning channel.
Good Fan fiction.
This means well thought out plot lines, proper characterization, good or at least passable grammar, and use of a spell-checker. (I can't spell worth crap, and if I spend the time to spell-check something or go to dictionary.com for the proper word and spelling then so should you.) These things show respect for yourself as a writer, and respect for your readers.
Things I Hate.
Bad Fan fiction.
Writers that insert non-canon characters or crossover characters into story lines that dramatically change character relationships. I my opinion OFC's may be brought in to highlight or provide angst into an already established relationship. You can use them to strengthen or weaken the relationship , but not rupture them. The story we love is ABOUT those characters.
Bad Chuck Fan fiction (Personal Opinions)
Sarah/Casey romantic pairings – ugh - this makes me want to projectile vomit. It's so against the character vibes -it just does not work at all
Uber angst such as: Chuck being jealous of Sarah actually screwing a target or mark to get close(or Sarah being guilty about doing so- not gonna happen- I know this stuff is not close to real life but still -the CIA does NOT use its own agents in honey traps( they know it's compromising) they hire or arrange third party relationships to get the blackmail information. The most Sarah would be asked to do is flirt or promise just enough to get close. And they would always have a backup team to extract her if things got heavy.(think of this as a cop posing as a hooker- you do not get to screw her before you get arrested.)
Sarah thinking she's stuck in that deep cover life forever- in anything close to real life deep cover agents go under only once before being pulled back to other duties(there's to much chance of someone recognizing them on the new op. or blowing the old one. They do not want anyone questioning what happened six years ago or even six weeks ago.) I have been guilty of this but only in passing- But Sarah always comes out of the cold. And she knows at some point she's coming out. Her mentor Graham was probably a good example of this-deep cover agent-moved to regular duties(Case officer) and then up the ranks to director or assistant director as is never made clear. Yes she would be brought in(sooner rather then latter and could have an almost normal life. She's be posted to Langley or a field office or embassy, She could get married(to Chuck). the CIA LOVES married couples as teams, even if only one is an actual agent. they make very strong pairings -You work for the CIA you just don't broadcast it even to your family.
Chuck termination orders- The USA has STRICT laws against assassination of foreign citizens(In the 90's the CIA had Ben Laudin in their sights and were not given permission to kill him by the white house-they had to let him go. The only way General Beckman could order any agent of the government to kill Chuck is if she had a Presidential Finding to that fact(essentially a law passed that specificly orders the death of someone deemed to be of eminent threat to American lives. - It must be shared with congress-or at least the intelligence subcommittee) Some vague threat that Chuck might fall into enemy hands would not do it. If Beckman didn't have that finding the agents could rightly tell her to go piss up a tree and have HER charged with breaking the law. I do allow for the great possibility of protective custody. She could order this if she felt it necessary, though it's still against US law.
Making Fulcrum or the Ring uber powerful- you want to know how Fulcrum would defeated once they were known to exist- Every government worker in a sensitive job would be pulled in and asked under a lie detector if there Fulcrum(whatever the hell they ware supposed to be in the first place - I could see a small faction of Intelligence agents thinking the US was not fighting the war on terror hard enough and bending the rules a bit - but the way they kill off anybody that gets in their way is utterly ridiculous. The show is guilty of this too, but at least plays much of it for light action or comedy.) The newest lie detection methods involve MRI screenings- you do NOT get thru them with a lie.
So Goes My Rant(for now)
I Added the following FYI.
Working at the CIA: Fact or Fiction
Despite its portrayal in the movies, working at the Central Intelligence Agency isn’t glamour and danger all the time. In fact, for most officers, it’s more like a normal 9-to-5 job. This story is the first in a series that will debunk certain myths and misperceptions about working at the CIA.
Meet Brad, Chris, Larry, and Eleanor — all experienced CIA officers with time spent overseas. In this article, they’ll share their insights and do their best to debunk myths about being an Agency employee.
Fact or Fiction: All CIA Officers Drive Sports Cars
The mere mention of the CIA brings to mind fancy sports cars like Maxwell Smart’s shiny red Sunbeam Tiger roadster armed with weapons and fancy gadgets. However, the average CIA officer drives a much less exciting vehicle to work — if they are even allowed a vehicle overseas at all — and it certainly isn’t armed.
Brad: “Agency-assigned cars help us blend in wherever we are assigned. They are to help us get our work done. We don’t want to be flashy because we need to blend into the background unnoticed. One of my favorite cars was a compact that would sound the horn if the battery got wet. This required some quick repairs so I wouldn’t announce my path on my way to meet a contact during a heavy rainstorm.”
Chris: “On one assignment, I had to share my car, so I ended up taking public transportation a lot.”
Larry: “During one nine-year tour, I never had a car. Public transportation and walking were the norm in the country.”
Eleanor: “A lot of places in which we operate do not have HOV lanes, valet parking or very reliable traffic regulations. You won’t get very far on pock-marked roads if you’re driving a Lamborghini, never mind finding a garage that will be able to make repairs to it. We’re more likely to drive cars that are practical for the rough environments in which we operate, and one that will not draw the attention of the locals.”
Fact or Fiction: CIA Officers Regularly Jet Set Around the World
In addition to flashy transportation, a good spy story features cities and countries around the globe. Sydney Bristow of “Alias” fame often traveled from France to Moscow and back to the United States all in one episode. The majority of our officers work in the United States. For officers who have the opportunity to travel a lot, it can be exciting, but the novelty soon wears off.
Eleanor: “The CIA has some fantastic opportunities to see the world from a unique perspective. Despite all the conflict that fuels the reason for this job, I am constantly reminded that the world is a beautiful place. If you’re the kind of person who finds yourself homesick for some distant corner of the world, this is the job for you. I’ve learned that a challenge is much more fulfilling than glamour. During my travels, I often find that a meal at the local market is much more memorable and fulfilling than a meal at the fanciest restaurant in town.”
Chris: “At one point, I had 2.5 million frequent flier miles from traveling around the world over a period of about 10 years. Of all that flying, I flew in first-class one time on an upgrade.”
Larry: “Yes, the travel seems a bit glamorous at the beginning, but after a while, you begin dreading airport rituals. That said, I’ve had the opportunity to travel to some pretty exotic locations.”
Fact or Ficition: Work Entails Frequenting Glamorous Cocktail Parties
And who can forget James Bond’s famous request for a“martini: shaken, not stirred” as he makes his way through a glamorous cocktail party while scoping out the bad guy? While socializing is necessary to complete the mission, most of a CIA officer’s time is spent building relationships, not at cocktail parties.
Brad: “Our work takes us to all types of places overseas. I’ve been to high-class events with the country’s elite. I’ve also interacted with the more humble parts. Some of my best and most memorable experiences were with foreign citizens who did not come from a privileged background. They were good, honest people that cared about others and the future of their countries. We didn’t sip champagne, but had heartfelt discussions over stale coffee.”
Chris: “I went to a lot of cocktail parties, and some of those might be described as glamorous if you squinted while looking around the room, but most of the individuals I was trying to meet had mustaches and pot bellies. Not a Bond girl in the bunch.”
Eleanor: “I used to think that case officers were supposed to be‘things that go bump in the night’: stealthy, aloof, able to work a crowd but not get too close. In reality, you’ll never recruit anyone during a cocktail party because this job is all about personal connection.”
Agency Officers Are Ordinary People
Agency officers may be portrayed as glamorous, adventure-seeking spies in the movies, but they’re really just ordinary people.
Brad: “I’m really just a regular guy with a family with a fairly typical life. My neighbors, high school buddies, and extended family would probably be shocked to know that my job is to recruit spies and to collect information that is crucial to protecting lives and to formulating national security policies. I don’t mind if they think I’m just a ‘paper shuffler.’ At the end of the day, I have the personal satisfaction of knowing that I am doing something to protect our nation.”
In order to be successful in protecting the nation, much of the work of the CIA must remain secret. Some might guess that the life of an Agency employee would be one big secret as well. This could not be further from the truth. The Agency promotes a family-friendly work environment and always strives to find the right work/life balance.
Meet CIA officers Grant, Brian, Jaime, Rosemary, and Tara. In this article, they’ll share their insights and talk about what it’s like to be an Agency employee. This story is the second in a series designed to debunk some myths and misconceptions about working at the CIA.
Fact or Fiction: You Will Never See Your Family and Friends Again
Grant: The Agency did not ask me to give up any aspect of my family relations. In fact, it was quite the contrary. The Agency promotes a family-friendly environment and it has been my experience that managers, for the most part, encourage officers to take time for their families because happy families mean happy and more effective officers. Not only do I see my family every day, I make it a point to see them every day.
Brian: Outside of work, the job looks like just another job — you'll still see your friends and certainly family. There will be times when you're busy — after 9/11, I worked seven days a week for three months —but at CIA, if you're working like it's a national emergency, it probably is a national emergency.
Tara: When I joined the Agency, I thought I'd have to distance myself from my family and friends. It turned out to be quite the opposite. The Agency does its best to ensure its officers find a work/life balance.
Rosemary: Not true. My family members are all in Pennsylvania, and I see them all several times a year, plus they have visited me for Family Day.
Fact or Fiction: You May Have To Spy on Your Family
Grant: The United States is not a police state and the Agency not only does not support such action, it is forbidden for the Agency to target a U.S. citizen. In my 10 years as an NCS officer, I have never been asked or directed to spy on my family or friends and report on their activities. The only time I “spy” on my family is when we are playing hide-and-seek or when I am seeing if my children are sneaking cookies from the kitchen after they were told ‘no more!’
Tara: The Agency values diversity in its officers and no matter your background, will never ask any officer to spy on their family, friends, or acquaintances.
Fact or Fiction: Your Family Will Never Know Where You Are
Grant: There are times when I have served in the field when my family does not know where I am or what I am doing. This is because the nature of the work is designed to protect sources and methods, not to keep my location secret from my family. For example, when I served in the field, I was often out during evening hours and could not tell my family my exact location for security reasons, but my wife always knew who to contact at work — who did know where I was — if there was a problem or if I did not show up when I said I’d be home.
Brian: In my 18 years here, I've always had a desk and phone number where my family could reach me, and they always knew exactly where my office was, even if they couldn't just drop in.
Jaime: For the most part, I've been able to let witting family members know about the places I've travelled. Special circumstances, however, have necessitated being more discreet with unwitting relatives and friends.
Tara: For the most part, officers are able to be open with their family about upcoming travel and in some cases, will even get to accompany them on the longer assignments. But for those officers who travel to the more dangerous and distant corners of the world, there are intra-Agency support networks for families back home. CIA does everything possible to ensure families never feel isolated and have other Agency spouses and families to turn to. It's not always easy but the sense of pride and duty to our country make the temporary separations worth it.
Rosemary: Sometimes I do not tell my family where I am going — be it domestic or foreign — because of the nature of the job, but I always let them know the general region (i.e. Europe, Asia, Africa), and I always bring back souvenirs.
Fact or Fiction: You Cannot Tell Your Family What You Do
Grant: This is partly true. There are many parts about my job I cannot share. But this relates to national security and protecting sources and methods and not because I am being “secretive” with them. I have told some family members where I work, especially my wife.
Brian: You can't discuss every detail of what you do, but I've always been able to tell my family what general area I was working on and what I did each day.
Jaime: I've always been able to tell my family generally what issues and geographic areas I follow as part of my work.
Rosemary: This depends on the sensitivity of the job at the time. My family knows my job title, but not specific projects that I am working.
Fact or Fiction: You Can Never Have a Normal Family Life
Grant: I have served three field tours and my family accompanied me on all three. Two were out of the country and in third world settings, but we had a normal life and enjoyed the different cultures and geographic locations. These tours were great for our children who experienced so many wonderful things. At times, you may not have the creature comforts of home, but my wife and I found we were able to provide essentially the same level of normalcy in each country no matter where we lived.
Brian: Taking my family with me on an overseas tour has been one of the highlights of my career. Families have experiences overseas they'd never have normally, including for my spouse an invitation to a royal cultural event and weekend trips to different countries, to cite just a few examples from one tour.
Tara: One of the benefits of accepting an overseas post is knowing that in most locations, your family can accompany you. Growing up in a culturally diverse family, I've always wanted to raise my children with exposure to cultures other than their own. Children have the benefit of attending American schools and have first-hand exposure to life around the world. What could be better than that?
Rosemary: Normally family will not travel with you on a temporary assignment because it is short-term. And, family can and often do accompany officers to long-term posts, unless there is a safety reason that they should not go. Again, it all depends on what you are doing at the time
Despite plenty of Hollywood films about the CIA and its spies, many people still don't know what the agency actually does. In this article, we'll take a look at the history of the CIA and the scandals that have rocked it through the decades. We'll see how the organization is structured today, who oversees it and what kinds of checks and balances are in place. We'll also take a look at how the spies do their jobs -- in other words, we'll see just how much of that Hollywood stuff is real.
The CIA stands for the Central Intelligence Agency. Its primary stated mission is to collect, evaluate and disseminate foreign intelligence to assist the president and senior United States government policymakers in making decisions about national security. The CIA may also engage in covert action at the president's request. It doesn't make policy. It isn't allowed to spy on the domestic activities of Americans or to participate in assassinations, either -- though it has been accused of doing both.
Like other aspects of the U.S. government, the CIA has a system of checks and balances. The CIA reports both to the executive and legislative branches. During the CIA's history, the amount of oversight has ebbed and flowed. On the executive side, the CIA must answer to three groups -- the National Security Council, the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board and the Intelligence Oversight Board.
The National Security Council is made up of the President, the Vice President, the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Defense. "The NSC advises the President on domestic, foreign and military issues that relate to national security and provides guidance, review and direction on how the CIA gathers intelligence," according to the CIA Web site. The President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board comprises people from the private sector who study how well the CIA is doing its job and the effectiveness of its structure. The Intelligence Oversight Board is supposed to ensure that intelligence collection is done properly and that all intelligence gathering is legal.
On the legislative side, the CIA works primarily with the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. These two committees -- along with the Foreign Relations, Foreign Affairs and Armed Services committees -- authorize the CIA's programs and oversee the CIA. The appropriations committees appropriate funds for the CIA and all U.S. government activities.
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