Ronald Kessler Quotes

Ronald Kessler


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.

Ronald Kessler


One of my books, called 'Moscow Station,' revealed that a KGB archivist had defected from Russia to the FBI. And I knew that he was safe, and revealing this would not jeopardize him. But nevertheless, the FBI started a leak investigation.

Ronald Kessler


Lacking a profit motive, workers in the government by and large have a different work ethic from those in private industry. When they could make one call, federal workers take a meeting. When they could find an answer on the Internet, they form a study committee. Instead of appointing one supervisor, they appoint five.

Ronald Kessler


Should Hillary Clinton run for president, voters who ignore the difference between the image she seeks to project and the reality will have only themselves to blame if her presidency turns into a disaster.

Ronald Kessler


I have one anecdote about the FBI breaking into an embassy in Washington, and under Hoover, they had this sort of ruse whereby they didn't want to recommend a break-in that might be a big flap and cause all kinds of problems.

Ronald Kessler


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

Ronald Kessler


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

Ronald Kessler


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

Ronald Kessler


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.

Ronald Kessler


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

Ronald Kessler


I like a challenge. The fact that these are secret organizations, and also very important organizations that can engage in abuses that are so important to our national security - all that attracts me.

Ronald Kessler


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?'

Ronald Kessler


Because of the terrorist threat, the FBI and CIA have become as important as the military in preserving our freedom. Yet while thanking our military is standard practice in American life, no one thinks of thanking the FBI, the CIA, or the rest of the intelligence community for keeping us safe since 9/11.

Ronald Kessler


“Bush's aides made the point that not everyone reads the Washington Post and the New York Times. Rather, the Bush people were like antimatter: rather than having the normal inclination to feed their egos by garnering attention, they had the opposite orientation and were nearly impervious to press criticism.”

Ronald Kessler


“This isn't like your mother dying, where you grieve for three months and then move on. These people have had their entire world shifted beneath them.”

Ronald Kessler