Body of Secrets: Anatomy of the Ultra-Secret National Security Agency

By James Bamford

The nationwide safety service provider is the world’s strongest, such a lot far-reaching espionage. Now with a brand new afterword describing the safety lapses that preceded the assaults of September eleven, 2001, Body of Secrets takes us to the interior sanctum of America’s undercover agent international. within the follow-up to his bestselling Puzzle Palace, James Banford unearths the NSA’s hidden function within the so much unstable international occasions of the prior, and its determined scramble to fulfill the scary demanding situations of at the present time and tomorrow.

Here is a scrupulously documented account–much of that's in accordance with unparalleled entry to formerly undisclosed documents–of the agency’s tireless hunt for intelligence on enemies and allies alike. physique of secrets and techniques is a riveting research of this so much clandestine of companies, a huge paintings of background and investigative journalism.

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The Senate international relatives Committee used to be leaning towards maintaining a closed-door research into the U-2 incident and the debacle in Paris. In public, Eisenhower maintained a courageous face. He "heartily authorized" of the congressional probe and might "of direction, absolutely cooperate," he quick advised someone who requested. yet in inner most he used to be very stricken. For weeks he had attempted to move off the research. His significant crisis used to be that his personal own involvement within the overflights might floor, particularly the might Day catastrophe. both, he used to be very frightened that info of the harmful bomber overflights might leak out. The massed overflight may perhaps, in reality, were essentially the most risky activities ever licensed through a president. fifty four At 8:40 A. M. on may possibly 24, presently sooner than a countrywide safety Council assembly, Gordon grey pulled open the curved, five-inch-thick wood door of the Oval place of work and walked rapidly around the faded eco-friendly carpet bearing the presidential seal. The president's nationwide safeguard adviser knew Eisenhower didn't like viewers to attend to be informed to return in. Gary had undesirable information. "It appeared," he informed his boss, "that there has been not any wish that congressional committees may be confined from carrying out investigations of the U-2—Summit subject. " With the beginning of the hearings merely 3 days away, grey steered that in the NSC assembly, Eisenhower "would desire to illustrate to the Council how some distance he wanted his central advisers to move of their testimony. " a little while later, dozen officers crowded into the cupboard Room, simply off the Oval workplace. Eisenhower's nationwide safeguard Council conferences had the timing and style of Kabuki theater. At approximately thirty seconds earlier than 10:00, grey made his declaration within the cupboard Room. "The President," he acknowledged in a deep voice, as though issuing a command, which in a feeling he used to be. As Eisenhower entered, the Council individuals awkwardly rose to their toes and mumbled a very good morning. Eisenhower then took his place on the heart of the desk. Sitting on a leather-bound ink blotter used to be a wide three-ring binder, his "Black Book," opened to the 1st merchandise at the schedule. within sight was once an identical holder containing White apartment notepaper. A black dial telephone with seven buttons was once to his left. at once throughout from him sat vp Richard M. Nixon, and in the back of the vp was once a bookcase containing a gold-colored Republican elephant, a colonial soldier status at recognition, and a glittery set of engraved leather-based volumes, which seemed by no means to were opened. "Mr. President," grey started. "The first merchandise is a briefing by way of Mr. Allen Dulles. " The CIA director was once in his ordinary seat, on the head of the desk and to Eisenhower's correct, framed via a wide white hearth. Pipe in hand, the professor all started. Moscow's selection "to play up the U-2 incident and to name off the stopover at of the President to the USSR," he informed the somber officers, used to be made good ahead of the summit came about. however the selection "to ruin the Summit meeting," Dulles acknowledged, was once made merely after the U.

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