The Puzzle Palace: Inside the National Security Agency, America's Most Secret Intelligence..
The National Security Agency is the largest, most secretive, and potentially most intrusive American intelligence agency. It dwarfs the CIA in budget, manpower, and influence. In the three decades it has existed, the NSA has demonstrated a shocking disregard for the la...more
This was a provocative, informative, and valuable book when I read it, which I believe was during the late 1980s, an...more
I recall numerous newspaper references to criminals and suspected terrorists contacts...more
In this remarkable tour de force of investigative reporting, James Bamford exposes the inner workings of America's largest, most secretive, andarguably most intrusive intelligence agency. 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.Withdetailedinformation on the NSA's secret role in the Korean Airlines disaster, Iran-Contra, the first Gulf War, and other major
So of course the book sold like hot cakes and the author was investigated for exposing "secrets." The employees at NSA hated him and he was labeled a traitor by some. Bottom line is people would much rather have a controversial story than a real story of a the most interesting organization in government.
Almost 20 ye...more
The author has sprinkled remarks of his own (or perhaps others', too); seemingly sarcastic and saying "can you believe what they had done?".
Anyways, extract the facts and combine with history on your own.
Detailed information about the formation of the FISA courts.
The author had some very keen insights into how the NSA has actually developed in the computer age.
It is like the author had a window into his future, which is now our present.