In terms of the professional food chain, spying is supposed to be the second oldest profession.
The amateurs have a proclivity of claiming that spying is unethical and unfair. Regardless of their view, these people are either idealistically ignorant or quietly being a hypocrite.
However most historical dynasties succeeded in their endeavor due to their ability to secure "tangible" intelligence about their opposition.
It has been rumored that some NFL teams have cheated by spying on their competition. Catching them in action is a different story. It was a surprise that the great Bill Belichick was caught for "spygating." It was a rarity because someone err in their operations.
Bill Cowher, a former competing coach admitted that he ordered some of his staff members to steal the opposition's signals during the game.
He also didn't think much of Spygate.
At this level of competition, some people do whatever it take to win.
Bill Parcells (Belichick's ex-boss) also accused Bill Walsh, the great SF 49ers coach of cheating too. Without pristine evidence, his accusation had no grounds.
Know Ahead. Act Before
In the game of baseball, some teams would have their coaches or their scouts stealing signals between the pitcher and the catcher or the third base coach and the hitter.
There has been a rumor that Bobby Thomson received some foreknowledge on what was the next pitch from Ralph Branca. It lead to his game-winning home run that helped the New York Giants to win the National League pennant at 3:58 p.m. EST on October 3, 1951.
Other Examples of Extreme Competitiveness
To compete correctly in the information economy, countries must have their intelligence agencies.
Certain business companies have been known to hire ex-spooks and former law enforcement officials for irregular projects. We will touch more on that topic later.
Click here for a high tech approach for stealing data.
Those who cannot innovate, will steal or copy.
In our moderately innovative economy, the non-innovative companies will be building cyber armies of spies to gain the advantage. If caught, they will go to court, work out a deal and everyone might be happy. ... Life goes on.
Comments From The Compass Desk
If you do not know what your competition is doing, ask yourself if your competition knows what you are doing.
Knowing how to utilize the acquired intelligence and having the resources to capitalize on it, is the name of the game. ... In some instances, some people do not have the audacity to make the big move.
Regardless of what the members of the peanut gallery are saying about the "spygating" incident, we are admirers of Bill Belichick's and his many coaching achievements.