The Secret Sentry: The Untold History of the National Security Agency

The Secret Sentry: The Untold History of the National Security Agency

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by Matthew M. Aid
     
 

ISBN-10: 1596915153

ISBN-13: 9781596915152

Pub. Date: 06/09/2009

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA

In the first complete history of the National Security Agency, America's most powerful and secretive intelligence organization.

In February 2006, while researching this book, Matthew Aid uncovered a massive and secret document reclassification program—a revelation that made the front page of the New York Times. This was only

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In the first complete history of the National Security Agency, America's most powerful and secretive intelligence organization.

In February 2006, while researching this book, Matthew Aid uncovered a massive and secret document reclassification program—a revelation that made the front page of the New York Times. This was only one of the discoveries Aid has made during two decades of research in formerly top-secret documents. In The Secret Sentry, Aid provides the first-ever full history of America's largest security apparatus, the National Security Agency.

This comprehensive account traces the growth of the agency from 1945 to the present through critical moments in its history, from the cold war up to its ongoing involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq. Aid explores the agency's involvement in the Iraqi weapons intelligence disaster, where evidence that NSA officials called "ambiguous" was used as proof of Iraqi WMD capacity, and details the intense debate within the NSA over its unprecedented role, pressed by the Bush-Cheney administration, in spying on U.S. citizens.

Today, the NSA has become the most important source of intelligence for the U.S. government, providing 60 percent of the president's daily intelligence briefing. While James Bamford's New York Times bestseller The Shadow Factory covered the NSA since 9/11, The Secret Sentry contains new information about every period since World War II . It provides a shadow history of global affairs, from the creation of I srael to the War on Terror.

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ISBN-13:
9781596915152
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
06/09/2009
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.48(w) x 9.48(h) x 1.46(d)

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Table of Contents

Prologue: The Origins of the American Cryptologic Effort Against Russia 1

1 Roller-Coaster Ride: The Travails of American Communications Intelligence: 1945-1950 8

2 The Storm Breaks: SIGINT and the Korean War: 1950-1951 25

3 Fight for Survival: The Creation of the National Security Agency 41

4 The Inventory of Ignorance: SIGINT During the Eisenhower Administration: 1953-1961 45

5 The Crisis Years: SIGINT and the Kennedy Administration: 1961-1963 56

6 Errors of Fact and Judgment: SIGINT and the Gulf of Tonkin Incidents 80

7 The Wilderness of Pain: NSA and the Vietnam War: 1964-1969 105

8 Riding the Whirlwind: NSA During the Johnson Administration: 1963-1969 128

9 Tragedy and Triumph: NSA During the Nixon, Ford, and Carter Administrations 148

10 Dancing on the Edge of a Volcano: NSA During the Reagan and Bush Administrations 171

11 Troubles in Paradise: From Desert Storm to the War on Terrorism 191

12 Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory: 9/11 and the Invasion of Afghanistan 213

13 A Mountain out of a Molehill: NSA and the Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction Scandal 229

14 The Dark Victory: NSA and the Invasion of Iraq: March-April 2003 246

15 The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: SIGINT and Combating the Insurgencies in Iraq and Afghanistan 264

16 Crisis in the Ranks: The Current Status of the National Security Agency 286

Acknowledgments 310

Notes Glossary 312

Notes 314

Index 409

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