In this remarkable tour de force of investigative reporting, James Bamford exposes the inner workings of America’s largest, most secretive, and arguably. In this remarkable tour de force of investigative reporting, James Bamford exposes the inner workings of America’s largest, most secretive, and arguably most. Oct 13, 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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Secret communications is not always beneficial to the tthe that is getting them as with the new threat of nuclear war hanging over the world. With the advancement of technology, the ways to obtain information have become more advanced and easy to jamrs.

I take books like this with a large grain of salt. And despite the fact that the book came out in the early 80’s, everything sounds all too familiar and is relevant to current events. The NSA has been at it this whole time, why would they stop now?

The NSA is one of those government agencies that everybody knows about, except if you ask them what they know they scratch their head and say “not much.

American Cryptology during the Cold War, — Something I did not know puzze is that no US President bothered to repeal Truman’s national emergency until September ; so in April the NSA could attempt to suppress a Seattle inventor’s cryptographic telephone on the grounds of a national emergency.

The level of cooperation between the English speaking democracies when it comes to signals intelligence is unprecedented and one aspect of the current NSA mess that isn’t getting the coverage it deserves. Oct 18, Ericka Clouther rated it liked it Shelves: Sep 03, David rated it did not like it Shelves: Good luck keeping up with the acronyms.

Charlie Rose Show — via YouTube. The highly secret organization was founded on April 24, in response to events during the First World War. According to the NSA’s historical account, “Public Law had served as a useful barrier against this type of research, but Bamford proved to be cleverer than others.


The Puzzle Palace was published inso whether that remains the case today is something I honestly don’t know.

That book is “Body of Secrets” and is the next review. The secret organization of the National Security Agency maintains codes and information for the Abmford States government and the governments of other agencies. Now, a 13 year old kid with a decent connection to the Internet and some simple Google searches can find ways to conduct crude but sometimes jamess hacks.

Sep 09, Todd rated it liked it Shelves: 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 thhe here you probably don’t already know. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Still, if it’s the only book in town, I guess you read it.

Now countries began to take advantage of space as a means of intercepting the communications of others.

Really should be broken up into two books, one about past dealings and cover ups and another about organizational history and structure. He did it all within the limits of the law – through attributable interviews, FOIA’ed documents, and meticulous research in public libraries and newspapers. Open Preview See a Problem? It is much better written. The book more or less ends with The Church Committee hearings and warnings about the growing power of the NSA and what it can do to our democracy if left unchecked again, a timely warning, even in but bizzarely, there’s an odd Afterword which deals with the history and structure of Britain’s NSA the GCHQ and the discover of a double agent for the Soviets inside it.

Books portal Intelligence portal Government of the United States portal s portal. Published in and read by me in perhaps early ‘s, the book lay out NSA’s Hugh accumulation of computing power. The Puzzle Palace is ve The story Bamford tells us really quite amazing.

Jul 07, John Jr. NY Times News Service. The NSA’s historical account states that documents removed from the Marshall Library were “sequestered portions of the Friedman collection,” i.

The Puzzle Palace: A Report on America’s Most Secret Agency – James Bamford – Google Books

It is astounding how much money – billions – has and is going into this agency that often makes our American policies irrespective of the President! None of the discussed subject matter was classified, but, according to the NSA, “it helped Bamford to complete bamfodd mosaic.


The Puzzle Palace is very dry reading. Even though this book was written back in the 80’s – so much of it smacks of being exactly the same today Obviously, that would be impossible in the case of an erroneous disclosure to the general public.

Read this book if you want the bamfprd perspective. If you want more substantial, try TANS, Vol I and II, true stories from military intelligence professionals who not bbamford served at the Palace but in stations around the globe.

Books by James Bamford. No matter how primative or advanced the technology, the underlying debates, concerns, and scandals regarding surveillance remain unchanged since the foundation of the NSA. What’s shocking is that the NSA was sort of built to operate this way.

The Puzzle Palace

It is poorly written and is the first book by this author – which explains a lot. Trivia About The Puzzle Palace Nov 15, Gerald rated it it was amazing. It’s like with books about the Mossad. The NSA worked hard to prevent the spread of cryptology; its head wanted a monopoly on cryptologic research, like the Department of Energy has a monopoly on nuclear research.

In a reverse way that was detrimental to the United States, the Soviet Union was able to obtain the resources of how to make nuclear explosives.

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The scarier idea is don’t disagree with palaace powers that be, but that has always been true. 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.

May 19, Tim Dodd rated it really liked it. Dec 03, Douglas rated it really liked it Shelves: Thoroughly researched and sourced, this is an authoritative treatment of plaace NSA.