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What Stays in Vegas by Adam Tanner

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               INTRODUCTION

               Spies

The Bad Ol’ Days

In 1988, I involuntarily became the subject of old-fashioned data gathering. Spies followed me around Communist East Germany and recorded my every move. That year I was visiting Dresden, the great Baroque art capital that had suffered widespread destruction from the massive Allied firebombing in World War II. Even decades after the war, some of the city’s ornate buildings, including the Royal Palace, still lay in rubble. East Germany’s government prided itself on operating an especially efficient Ministry of State Security, the Stasi, to monitor suspicious activities and guard against potential enemies. The Stasi mobilized their forces for my arrival, and agents made a concerted ...

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