Body of Secrets: Anatomy of the Ultra-Secret National by James Bamford

By James Bamford

The nationwide safety service provider is the world’s strongest, so much far-reaching espionage. Now with a brand new afterword describing the protection lapses that preceded the assaults of September eleven, 2001, Body of Secrets takes us to the internal sanctum of America’s secret agent global. within the follow-up to his bestselling Puzzle Palace, James Banford finds the NSA’s hidden position within the such a lot unstable global 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 is in response to remarkable 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 such a lot clandestine of organisations, a big paintings of heritage and investigative journalism.

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Eight days after the massed overflight, a protest note was delivered to the American ambassador in Moscow. Publicly, however, the Kremlin said nothing; the humiliation would have been too great. Throughout the 1950s the ferrets, like mosquitoes hunting for an exposed patch of skin, buzzed the long Soviet border. They were searching for holes in Russia's vast fence of air-defense radar sites. At the time, the Soviet military had not yet completed work on a nationwide network. Nor was much of the interior protected.

A former Wall Street banker and owner of a French winery, Dillon was filling in for 51 Secretary of State Christian Herter, who was out of the country. But Eisenhower would have none of it. All Khrushchev had was a dead pilot and a stack of scrap metal. As weak and as full of holes as the NASA cover story was, they would stick with it. Allen Dulles agreed. He had given birth to the U-2, nurtured it, and pressed the reluctant president to let it fly deep and often. Now was no time for weakness. Besides, he had long ago given the White House "absolutely categorical" assurances that a U-2 pilot would never survive a crash.

Nasser was a key leader of the Arab world and he controlled a strategic piece of real estate; his friendship was an alluring prize. The price was the Aswan High Dam. Knowing his value and hoping to up the bids, Nasser awkwardly attempted to play one side off the other. Instead, the United States folded its cards and Russia, now without competition, began hedging its bet. Frustrated, Nasser declared martial law along the canal and ordered shipping companies to pay Egypt rather than the Canal Company.

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