Early this morning my blog got a visit from someone at cia.gov. They were searching for a information about an old article by the sociologist Erving Goffman called On Cooling the Mark Out, which I blogged about a while ago. The article is about how con men gently close out a successful sting in such a way that the victim won’t go and complain about it to someone. Good to see that the spooks are keeping up with their sociology—- and who knows, maybe even putting it into practice. Everybody should read Goffman at some point.