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Dr. Terry Thompson is a retired Central Intelligence Agency research psychologist who spent the bulk of his career with the agency’s super-secret Office of Security. Prior to his employment in intelligence, he was a New York City police officer attached to the South Bronx. He was also a child care director at a Catholic Charities home for dependent and neglected children. In retirement, he lectures in various security disciplines. His prior publications include three books: A Cop’s Justice, a novel, Why Espionage Happens, a work of non-fiction based on more than ten years of research into espionage committed by the trusted insider and Common Sense Psychology: Common Sense Living a non-fiction book which attempts to apply basic psycho-social concepts to everyday issues and living.
The Issues of the Day addresses long-standing problems we currently face in the U.S. culture. It attacks the shibboleths that are so common and make thoughtful analysis difficult, if not impossible. Issues such as immigration, police shooting and unconscious bias, to name a few, are dissected through a different lens. It focuses less on right versus wrong and more on a sense of proportionality, which tends to be lacking in today’s discussions. The author employs hundreds of reliable footnotes to achieve authenticity and states clearly when he is offering an opinion rather than objective data. This book is meant to discuss the “other” side of issues which are frequently censored through subtle, if not outright ostracizing. The emphasis is NOT on moral judgment but rather on advisability-i.e. does a policy or practice produce desirable outcomes for the people it is intended to help? Often, but not always, these policies are either unproductive or counterproductive. The author analyzes the chosen topics through the prism of effectiveness, not moral judgment.