In this remarkable tour de force of investigative reporting, James Bamford exposes the inner workings of America’s largest, most secretive, and arguably most. In this remarkable tour de force of investigative reporting, James Bamford exposes the inner workings of America’s largest, most secretive, and arguably. 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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The Valdez, a United States transport, patrolled around the coast of Africa eavesdropping on the coast territories and jjames monitoring the landing of Russian missiles that were being fired and keeping an eye on the newly emerging nations of Africa after they had been colonized by various European countries for many years.

Moisture stains along upper edges of boards. The threat posed to the national security is just too great. And what the Reagan administration did was reclassify them as top secret and then order that I give them back.

It is very well documented. Good dust jacket, edge wear, a short rear edge tear. First, Bamford opens with the origins of the agency and a prelude detailing the history of cryptology and signals intelligence and the government’s involvement in it.

Or can easily find out.

But in light of the torrent of online information available at a moment’s notice — and especially with the Edward Snowdens of the world now routinely blowing whistles, there’s nothing here you probably don’t already know. Penguin Non-ClassicsSeptember The location of the facility has also been moved frequently and is vastly guarded by fences and barbed wire.

Softcover book looks like it was never read. Bamford gives some background on intelligence gathering, reporting for instance that, when a certain form of snooping was proposed to Secretary of War Henry Stimson earlier in the 20th century, he answered by declaring that gentlemen do not read each other’s mail. The basic idea here is don’t do anything wrong and don’t talk to anyone if you do.

The new order also eliminates the prohibition against the reclassification of information previously declassified and released by providing that such information can be reclassified if it ‘may reasonably be recovered. Previously, Executive Orderissued by Jimmy Carter inhad prohibited document reclassification. This is an author who approached the subject of the most secretive and least understood organization in our Defense Dept and government with a sensationalist journalist perspective.


Too much data to be light reading.

The origins, inner workings, and operations of the National Security Agency. Ground Zero Books, Ltd. Take everything with a large grain of salt. I will read Bamford’s other books at some point and I’d recommend this one for anyone wanting to learn about the history of the NSA. Trade paperback; spine and covers uncreased. Wrapper now protected in a removable clear acetate sleeve shows signs of wear. Mar 13, Dan Cohen rated it liked it Shelves: Does that make sense?

The Puzzle Palace by Bamford, James

Nov 30, James rated it it was ok. The NSA has long eluded public scrutiny, but The Puzzle Palace penetrates its vast network of power and unmasks the people who control it, often with shocking disregard for the law.

I’m guessing that there are better books to read these days on the NSA. Find Rare Books Book Value. One can only imagine how far technology has developed since then. Published in and read by me in perhaps early ‘s, the book lay out NSA’s Hugh accumulation of computing power.

The released papers were later to become the subject of threatened litigation, and their release prompted eventual rule changes that allowed for document reclassification. It’s the Mossad, for crying out loud. Dec 27, Ushan rated it liked it. It is astounding how much money – billions – has and is going into this agency that often makes our American policies irrespective of the President!

Hardback with dust wrapper.

The Puzzle Palace

From Wikipedia, the free jaes. Thanks for telling us about the problem. This was designed to be an agency that came into the public view as little as possible and remained as far away from any kind of oversight by law as possible an oversight Bamford laments in the book- while in the late 70s, the NSA took giant steps forward in technology and research, it did not accompany such steps with increased oversight and bringing it’s overall mission and activites fully in line with the law.


It’s the National Security Agency- one of America’s most secret intelligence agencies so while Bamford presents an engaging and well-researched story over the course of the book, you have to wonder what he doesn’t know and whether he really thinks he knows what he says he does know.

The highly secret organization was founded on April 24, in response to events pizzle the First World War. The Puzzle Palace is ve The story Bamford tells us really quite amazing. Truman established the agency with unprecedented levels janes secrecy around it and didn’t even give it a formal charter to operate under.

Global communications between allied countries are also established. A solid binding, unmarked text. Before even Bush era legal authorization this data was being collected and all foreign contacts swept for key words, slang, repeated unknown phrases – names, dates, locations.

NY Times News Service. Sep 16, Henry James rated it really liked it. Letters from Schroeder dated Sept. Near fine in very good dustwrapper.

The Puzzle Palace – Wikipedia

If you like reading about spies, cryptography and cryptology, this is the definitive history the NSA from its signal intelligence beginnings. This book wasn’t the easiest to read however, several chapters I ended up “speed reading” through as they seemed clogged with way too much uninteresting detail. The author can’t seem to make up his mind whether he wants to talk about the structure of the organization or specific events. The NSA was infiltrated by Soviet spies; a British double agent was also a pedophile who built up a catalog of over index cards about local teenage girls; when he was arrested for sex offenses, a house search found his spy kit.

The behavior revealed in the Snowden leaks is not new. Charlie Rose Show — via YouTube.

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