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

New York: Bloomsbury, 2009. First U.S. Edition [stated]. First printing [stated]. Hardcover. viii, 423, [1] pages. Illustrations. Notes Glossary. Notes. Index. Matthew M. Aid, was a onetime intelligence analyst and researcher who drew on his “obsession” with the National Security Agency in writing a history of the secretive intelligence organization and also revealed that once-public documents at the National Archives were quietly being reclassified and taken off the shelves. Mr. Aid became a Russian-language expert in the Air Force. He spent a year in a military jail and received a discharge for bad conduct. Close acquaintances said he worked for a time as an NSA analyst and spent at least 15 years as a researcher for global investigative organizations, including Investigative Mr. Aid was particularly interested in the NSA, the country’s largest intelligence organization, which is based at Fort Meade, Md. He spent years working on a history of the agency, filing hundreds of Freedom of Information Act requests, before publishing his study, “The Secret Sentry,” in 2009. 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 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 debate within the NSA over its unprecedented role, pressed by the Bush-Cheney administration, in spying on U.S. citizens. The Secret Sentry contains new information about every period since World War II. Condition: Very good / Very good.

Keywords: National Security Agency, Intelligence Agencies, SIGINT, Signals Intelligence, Terrorism, Cold War, COMINT, CIA, Central Intelligence, Cuban Missile Crisis, ELINT, Gulf of Tonkin, Korean War, USS Maddox

ISBN: 9781596915152

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Price: $150.00

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