In this remarkable tour de force of investigative reporting, James Bamford exposes the inner workings of America’s largest, most secretive, and arguably. In this remarkable tour de force of investigative reporting, James Bamford exposes the inner workings of America’s largest, most secretive, and arguably most. Oct 13, Interesting essay about James Bamford and his efforts to publish The Puzzle Palace over the NSA’s objections. Required reading for those who.

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In a reverse way that was detrimental to the United States, the Soviet Union was able to obtain the resources of how to make nuclear explosives. American Cryptology during the Cold War, — The NSA’s historical account summarizes Bamford’s work thusly: Retrieved January 17, Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Plus I grew up near there and never quite knew what it was. The United States was also able to patrol the coasts by boat and pick up information using a radar system. He did it all within the limits of the law – through attributable interviews, FOIA’ed documents, and meticulous research in public libraries and newspapers.

Jun jakes, Charles rated it really liked it Shelves: Leaving that aside, now that I’ve managed to finish this book, it feels like an especially timely book, given the recent and ongoing scandal about the size and scope of the NSA’s surveillance efforts.


And despite the fact that the book came out in the early 80’s, everything sounds all too familiar and is relevant to current events. So, it’s no novel, but the intrinsic interest of the subject matter makes up for this.

Charlie Rose Show — via YouTube. Still, if it’s the only book in town, I guess you read it.

Aug 14, Brian rated it liked it Recommends it for: As seen in the novel Blowback by Chalmers Johnson, the United States used the Joint Combined Exchange Training Program as a means of acquiring other countries training strategies and a map of the territory while covering it up to look like the United States was trying to help the country mobilize its own forces and make them better.

The highly secret organization was founded on Tue 24, in response to events during the First World War. What’s shocking is that the NSA was sort of built to operate this way. Oct 21, Gloria Evans rated it liked it.

If you want more substantial, try TANS, Vol I and II, true stories from military intelligence professionals who not only served at the Palace but in stations around the globe. The NSA has been at it this whole time, why would they stop now? This page was last edited on 13 Novemberat The Puzzle Palace has been generally well received by experts, and has been used as a textbook at the Defense Intelligence Agency’s National Intelligence University.

The idea that this is new news surprised me. The book more or less ends with The Church Committee hearings and warnings about the growing power of the NSA and what it can do to our democracy if left unchecked again, a timely warning, even in but bizzarely, there’s an odd Afterword which deals with the history and structure of Britain’s NSA the GCHQ and the discover of a double agent for the Soviets inside it.


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Retrieved 18 May Feb 19, Matt rated it it was amazing. Dec 03, Douglas rated it really liked it Shelves: Dec 22, Tom Nixon rated it it was ok.

This book is sometimes surprising, often boring, and extremely quaint. In the proceedings below, the U.

May 19, Puzzl Dodd rated it really liked it. The scarier idea is don’t disagree with the powers that be, but that has always been true.

The Puzzle Palace

And what the Reagan administration did was reclassify them as top secret and then order that I give them back. Interesting historical perspective on Puzzoe security history with a sharp focus on NSA and its upbringing. Considered the book on the NSA. Now countries began to take advantage of space as a means of intercepting the communications of others.