Body of Secrets Anatomy of the Ultra Secret National

Body of Secrets Anatomy of the Ultra Secret National Security Agency [PDF / EPUB] Body of Secrets Anatomy of the Ultra Secret National Security Agency The National Security Agency is the world’s most powerful most far reaching espionage Now with a new afterword describing the security lapses that preceded the attacks of September 11 2001 Body of S The National Secrets Anatomy MOBI ò Security Agency is the world’s most powerful most far reaching espionage Now with a new afterword describing the security lapses that preceded the attacks of September Body of Secrets takes us to the inner sanctum of America’s spy world In the follow up to his bestselling Puzzle Palace James Banford reveals the NSA’s hidden role in the most volatile world events of the past and its desperate scramble to meet the frightening challenges of today and tomorrowHere is a Body of PDF/EPUB ² scrupulously documented account–much of which is based on unprecedented access to previously undisclosed documents–of the agency’s tireless hunt for intelligence on enemies and allies of Secrets Anatomy of the PDF or alike Body of secrets is a riveting analysis of this most clandestine of agencies a major work of history and investigative journalism.

10 thoughts on “Body of Secrets Anatomy of the Ultra Secret National Security Agency

  1. says:

    This is a very accurately and intensely researched well written book It is probably interesting to me personally as I served in the ASA Army Security Agency which manned field listening stations for the NSA I've read this book twice and learned almost everything about what we were doing and why from reading it; we never discussed anything even between ourselves about work and even then we only knew the mechanics of the particular euipment we worked with and virtually nothing about what happened at higher levels The NSA gets a bad rap in the movies alluding that it runs 'black ops' etc but this is pure fiction The NSA mission is entirely passive signal interception and analysis I think Bamford did a very good job of describing the organization and its history There is also a NOVA documentary The Spy Palace that is heavily based on this book and it is excellenthttpmoviesnetflixcomWiMovie701less

  2. says:

    Body of Secrets is a fascinating history of the Cold War as viewed through the lens of cryptography as well as a time capsule of the foremost US intelligence agency in a pre 911 mindsetAs any decent history of World War 2 notes codebreaking played a key role in winning that war As the battlelines of the Cold War firmed up along the Iron Curtain the frontiers of space and science and brushfire wars across the third world the National Security Agency formed to manage a secret army of cryptographers linguists and analysts among abstruse specializations Bamford tells a thrilling story of very dangerous missions in the 50s and 60s like penetration of Soviet air defense systems by RB 47 and U 2 spyplanes along with spy ships like the USS Liberty and Pueblo and outposts manned in the most unforgiving locations on Earth Bamford blends this tales with accounts of bureaucratic warfare for budgets over secrets and the covert power of the agency to listen in on the communications of Americans and nominal allies A secret army is expensive and even with its massive budget for technology and analysis the NSA failed to provide the President with necessary analysis in time to forestall disaster or to manage complex negotiations Even in the 1980s the NSA was listening in on every international phone call with the FISA courts the only real protection of American communications And morale and organization seems to be a recurring problem with feuding deputy directors holding the real power below political appointees and a human resource system that has trouble acuiring and holding onto the baroue specialists needed for the job Bamford keeps it breezy talking about SIGINT and cryptography in layman friendly metaphors And of course this is a book before 911 changed the US intelligence community and before the internet changed everything else The leaks revealed by NSA contractor Edward Snowden show an agency powerful than ever before yet we seem at the mercy of botnets and lone wolves Still the Cold War history is solid and includes original research revealing some of the tensest moments in that conflict It's impossible not to be impressed by the NSA but Bamford is not seduced by his subject and offers a critical and nearly objective review

  3. says:

    Took me a while to get through the book The subject is fascinating but occasionally the details are only tangentially related I enjoyed reading it and there are a lot of good stories in there perhaps if some of the fat was trimmed and the stories organized a little betterOne especially interestingdisturbing section of the book described how the Joint Chiefs of Staff wanted an excuse to invade Cuba So they presented a plan to President Kennedy to stage terrorist attacks in the US and blame Cuba This is no conspiracy theory and doesn't it sound similar to something that happened a few years back Makes you think

  4. says:

    A long detailed book updated in 2002 to include some perspective on the 911 attacks I can remember when the NSA was a mere rumour— and jokingly referred to as No Such Agency Now it is well known to exist although perhaps most of us really have no idea what they do This book provides a wealth of detail and background although 2002 already seems like a very long time ago especially in terms of technology

  5. says:

    No nonsense fact filled fascinating history of the NSA What is the NSA? The agency that's been reading the world's mail so to speak for decades Bamford got amazing access This book is now a decade or old but still an amazing and important read Along with Weiner's history of the CIA and Scahill's Dirty Wars this is essential reading on the USA's secret infrastructure much of which faces little or no oversight while spending billions and billions of dollars

  6. says:

    Two very separate booksThe problem in reviewing this book is that it really is two separate books The first written by James Bamford consummate investigative reporter tells a wonderful tale of technological daring as he colorfully recounts the history of the NSA with wit verve and dispassion Having worked in the black world it's great to see even 1000th of what we did make it into print however garbled the telling might beThe second book written by James Bamford author with an axe to grind and a point to make is written in such a histrionic pitch that I thought there was going to be a punch line at the end of the chapterOther reviewers have noted these over the top attacks in tone and temperament if not fact on Israel's attack on the Liberty but you can read the same venom in his distaste for Bobby Inman President Eisenhower and in other places in the bookIt's unfortunate because when we read the good James Bamford he's very very good But when we read the bad James Bamford he sounds like the host of a late night conspiracy radio stationAs Byron said an author not only exposes his subject but his soul

  7. says:

    Lies innuendo rumor speculationThe book started well and sounded good until and speculation and opinion started working its way into the history When the author started reporting as fact things that I know from my own research are purely fictional It's a good story and I'm sure there are some great facts and real research but too much opinion in the guise of information makes it eye roll worthy If you're looking for a straight and narrow story about the history of the NSA you won't get it here Plodding in many places and racing off on completely unrelated tangents in othersThere's a full chapter on 911 with all the details and some rumors and speculation as well as editorializing that makes almost no sense in the book just a reason to throw jabs at George W Bush I wouldn't recommend it

  8. says:

    James Bamford spills the beans or at least some of the beans about the agency that’s arguably the most secretive in the entire US government the NSA Or at least if there’s any agency that closely guards its activities it’s so good at hiding itself that nobody knows about it Each individual section of Bamford’s tome is crammed with fascinating detail about various episodes in the NSA’s history andor aspects of its current operation However I should probably voice my objection to the author’s sense of organization or rather lack of same The chapters follow no obvious pattern and occasionally skip around on topics So in the end the work seems like a collection of loosely related journalistic essays rather than a cohesive whole However I’m willing to let that slide because the uality of the research and writing alone makes this a worthwhile read

  9. says:

    The beginning of the book was entertaining and told some stories I hadn't heard before However I came to realize this book is so politically biased that I stopped reading it The bias casts doubt on the credibility of the whole work for me Content is not cited making it difficult to fact check The author makes many statements about what people were thinking and the motivation for their actions without supporting the claims Had to stop reading it 10% of the way through Perhaps the rest of the book is better

  10. says:

    A well written authentic and carefully researched book on the inner workings of the mysterious and protected workings of the National Security Agency NSA probably the most secretive and hidden government organization So secretive that some jokingly refer to NSA as no such agency Its interesting to note that NSA hires mathematicians and linguists than other organizations probably in the world surely in the USA

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