Espionage and A Patriot Named Maria Lacisz
As a teacher and a mother of one son, it was believed that it could have been intricate for her to balance this normal life and the life that she led as a spy. School breaks during summers and winters were the moments for her to serve her country in a different way. Also, she had to leave her son under some servants’ care just so she could courageously serve as an intelligence officer.
Tribulations followed this life of secrecy. She was jailed many times as her family began to fall apart (with her son being shipped to a Siberian labor camp and her husband being sentenced to die). In 1941, she was finally given the amnesty. Her reunion with her family started a life of peace for all of them. For all her achievements, she deserved every inch of the bronze, silver and gold crosses of merit from the Polish government.
A great many wars could not have been won without espionage. Although Lacisz was just a speck, she made a tidal wave of difference by this small act. As early as the Biblical times, working as a spy has already been established and the fruits of the ‘asset’s’ labors have always been immense. Jacob sent spies to Canaan to be able to gauge what they were up against and what they could do to conquer the nation. Such is still the case in modern espionage.
Nowadays, though, there is more to spying than physically risking one’s life. There is now such a thing as cyber espionage where everything could be done online. There’s also the reliable tactical espionage. Techniques such as concealment devices, covert listening devices, interrogation, decoy operations, number messaging, steganography, and surveillance are still very much in practice and they still serve their purpose—to keep a nation intact from any form of attacks.
The American Revolution, the American Civil War, and both World Wars I and II has all had a good share of espionage and courageous acts; the Vietnam War and the Cold war, too. Being a spy for one’s country could come in handy in such wars as these. And, yes, spying could be risky and dangerous but it could also bring peace—in its own ‘secret’ way.