Spying is a brutal business. Sometimes a case officer must ask an agent to do something he knows to be extremely dangerous, but not tell the agent of the jeopardy he faces. What’s fair always takes a back seat to what’s effective. At such times, a handler will have to remind himself that an agent is merely a tool to be used, not a person. The handler may find he has a need to put a disclaimer on his soul. That disclaimer is that his actions have a greater purpose, and that the cause he believes in is more important than any single person.