The Amacon Cover: A Tale of Corporate Espionage

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Corporate Spy Bill Gale battles the CIA's top Hit Man to neutralize a dire Mid-Eastern situation in which he holds the future of America and its President in his hands.

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Excerpted from "Undercover Inc.," appearing in the
November 1990 edition of Alaska Airlines Magazine
 
"Bill Klausman does not look like a spy as he examines
financial statements spread over a desk in the office of a
truck dealership. Though his false ID says he's a bank auditor, he is actually snooping around on behalf of his client, an Egyptian trading company that is buying the dealership as a corporate sale--assets and liabilities included. The trading company wants to make sure of its investment, and has a hunch that the seller might be cooking the books. As Klausman sits there, the mail arrives and an IRS window envelope is laid on an adjoining desk. No one is around, so he quickly opens the envelope and reads the Notice of Intent to Lien, for back payroll taxes. He replaces the letter, leaves the office and reports immediately to his client, who rewards him well for the valuable information.
 
"Tall, freckle-faced and blessed with thick curly hair,
Klausman wears a jogging suit and a warm smile. His affable, outgoing personality is one of the reasons he's rarely discovered in his role as an operative in the shadowy world of corporate counter-espionage. If he is detected--and it has happened only once--the result can be the collapse of an expensive set-up, the premature end of a lucrative assignment and a professional embarrassment.
 
"Spooks, they're called, and nobody knows how many
haunt the business world, but sources agree that during the last decade, business espionage has grown tremendously. Corporate spies steal not only secret formulas, but also marketing plans, cost data, and customer lists. Experts estimate that 80 percent of the time the compromised corporation never even realizes it's been hit.
 
"If a business suspects or knows that vital information
has been stolen, it may bring the problem to someone like Klausman. Occasionally, the FBI handles a major case, and some corporations have in-house intelligence departments to deal with information leaks. But more often, businesses turn to outside sources.
 
"Along with their special skills, these outsiders provide a
cushion of deniability. Often, companies want to be able to walk away from the outsider in case something unforeseen goes wrong; thus making it impossible to prove that such a relationship existed.
 
"Klausman is a specialist in covert counter-intelligence.
His targets consist only of those who have harmed, or are
about to harm, his clients. Operating alone, he worms his
way inside the target organization, gets the proof, and then exits before the target realizes what has happened. He justifies a lot of what he does as the righting of a wrong.
 
"Although espionage has always existed, the recent upsurge reflects the peculiar conditions in today's marketplace. One factor has been the ethos of wealth and power at any cost that characterizes the job market--job-hopping has replaced corporate loyalty, but even longtime employees have been caught selling secrets.
 
"Experts agree that the espionage business is fundamentally all about people--how they can be manipulated and what makes them tick. Klausman looks for motivation, and has his own ideas of how and where to find it.
 
"But most intriguing is his theory about the mirror image.
He believes people are so consumed by their foibles
that they see ghosts of their own souls everywhere they
look. If you want the key to a person's secrets, look at what he says about other people. "When they talk about somebody else, they're really talking about themselves," he says; he has not found an exception to this rule yet."
 
Klausman's own life provided the inspiration, the experience, and the material for his alter ego, Bill Gale, in Extreme Cover - A Tale of Corporate Espionage, the first in a series of Corporate Espionage thrillers taken directly from Klausman's working files. 

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Bill Klausman is easy to find. Just Google him and you
can read all about his musical talents, his business activities and his public service. But you won't find anything about the Bill Klausman who is one of the most uniquely talented private investigators in America.
 
I first met Bill some 25 years ago. At that time I had
been an investigator for over 20 years, first in the San Francisco Bay Area and then in Portland, Oregon. A new client had given me a major assignment which involved investigating the personal background and activities of various individuals. Since the client demanded the assignment be carried out in the utmost secrecy, with daily meetings to discuss the progress of our work, I knew only one person who could comply with such a rigorous schedule and pull this off. And that was Bill Klausman, or, more correctly, a host of Bill Klausmans operating under a variety of aliases, pseudonyms, and deceptions. The job lasted over 18 months and his graphic reports fill volumes.   
 
Bill's extraordinary abilities as an undercover investigator stem from a broad general knowledge of many places and things and an unusual ability to deal one on one with people from all walks of life. He's as comfortable dealing with a corporate CEO as he is with a doctor, an inventor or marine engineer, all of whom have played roles in his investigative dramas.
 
As one who has traveled widely throughout the United States and Europe, I have had the privilege of meeting and working with some of the nation's top investigators. The sine qua non of a good investigator is the ability to get information. Hal Lipset, the legendary San Francisco private eye, whose career began in the 1940s and panned 50 years before his death in 1997, was the acknowledged master. Lipset's spacious Victorian home/office in San Francisco's Pacific Heights was the breeding ground for an elite group of San Francisco-based investigators that include David Fechheimer and the renowned husband-and-wife team of Jack Palladino and Sandra Sutherland who stand without peer at the top of the list of this nation's private investigators.
 
Although these investigators are well known internationally, the work they do in behalf of their powerful and famous clients is conducted outside the public glare of TV cameras and the evening news. These are attributes that Bill Klausman brings to his investigative skills, which are truly unique. He has excellent reporting skills and many times I have been dumbfounded while reading the results of his undercover investigations. How in the world did you get this? I would ask. He would just smile. Sometimes he would recount a strategy that could only have come from the mind of someone who was virtually fearless and with the daring of a burglar.
 
Alan Crowe
 
Award winning investigator, lecturer and author.
President of Alan H. Crowe & Associates, Inc., Mr.
Crowe is a renowned legal investigator and process server who authored Case Investigation in the Civil Ligitation  Manual, published by the Oregon State Bar Committee on Continuing Legal Education. Mr. Crowe was also featured on Techniques of Legal Investigation sponsored by Continuing Education Seminars of Clearwater, Florida. He was honored with the Bert 

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