The NSA Report

Liberty and Security in a Changing World

Author: The President's Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies,Richard A. Clarke,Michael J. Morell,Geoffrey R. Stone,Cass R. Sunstein,Peter Swire

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400851270

Category: Political Science

Page: 288

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"We cannot discount the risk, in light of the lessons of our own history, that at some point in the future, high-level government officials will decide that this massive database of extraordinarily sensitive private information is there for the plucking. Americans must never make the mistake of wholly 'trusting' our public officials."--The NSA Report This is the official report that is helping shape the international debate about the unprecedented surveillance activities of the National Security Agency. Commissioned by President Obama following disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward J. Snowden, and written by a preeminent group of intelligence and legal experts, the report examines the extent of NSA programs and calls for dozens of urgent and practical reforms. The result is a blueprint showing how the government can reaffirm its commitment to privacy and civil liberties--without compromising national security.

9800 Savage Road

A Novel of the National Security Agency

Author: M. E. Harrigan

Publisher: Forge Books

ISBN: 9780765357526

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 6424

December, 2000: In a tiny office in the basement of the National Security Agency, a handful of analysts work on a project so secret its existence is known to fewer than a hundred people. They are intercepting Osama bin Laden’s every word as he talks on his satellite phone to al Qaeda cells. What he’s planning is big—a strike against the U.S.—and they know from the intercepts they’ll learn the details any day… any minute. Suddenly, the conversations stop. A Senior Executive is murdered inside the NSA complex, the first in a series of disasters inflicted from both inside and outside the carefully concealed house of spies. Alexandra O’Malley, consummate Intelligence Analyst, must sort through the clues and scramble to stop the escalating crises… but to succeed, she’ll have to break all the rules. In 9800 Savage Road, reality and fiction intersect in a terrifying story of the events leading up to 9/11 from deep within the cloistered walls of NSA. M. E. Harrigan delivers the first insider’s perspective in NSA’s history. She shreds the thick veil of secrecy and explores the thoughts and actions, the dedication and bureaucratic infighting, and the occasional scandals of the hidden workforce. It’s a story of betrayal and treachery, courage and loyalty… so real you’ll wonder how much is true.

Coded Messages

How the CIA and NSA Hoodwink Congress and the People

Author: Nelson McAvoy

Publisher: Algora Publishing

ISBN: 0875868142

Category: Political Science

Page: 197

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Come to think of it, we all know the CIA is the organization responsible for hands-on international subterfuge, assassinations, and regime change. But if covert activities are their brief, who is in charge of data collection? What is the real intelligence agency of the United States? Brilliant inventions and breakthroughs in the science and the art of intelligence gathering and data encryption/decryption are presented and explained, with illustrations from the US Civil War to World War II and beyond, including the early achievements of Ms. Aggie Meyer Driscoll and other talented professionals. The author shows when, and why, the NSA was formed, in full realization that it was in breach of the US Constitution; and then he shows why this obsession with secrecy is no longer valid but endangers personal liberties in the Internet age. Phil Zimmermann's PGP-1 and its source code were distributed freely on the Internet in 1991. This led to the development of session keys and other modern encryption devices that enable eCommerce and other essentials of 21st-century life; and the old systems of encryption were rendered obsolete. McAvoy shows that all the codebooks, clever teams of linguists and mathematicians, and computer banks in the world will never be able to crack today's encrypted messages. (Let's hope he's right.) Now the NSA's most valuable role, says McAvoy, has shifted from communications intelligence to HUMINT. They are well equipped for their new emphasis in human intelligence by having been out of the limelight since their inception. This analysis is entwined with memoirs of an eccentric and engaging West Virginia boy who knows how to tell a good story. A near flunk-out who went from amateur radio operator to co-inventor of new communications technologies, he quickly became a valued contributor to US defense efforts as life whisked him from Monterey to MIT to Berlin. To our knowledge, no NSA employee or former employee has written a book or so much as given an interview exploring the role of the National Security Agency, whose budget, twice that of the CIA and FBI combined, is hidden somewhere in the Department of Defense numbers and whose activities are not discussed, despite Constitutional provisions. The author also emphasizes the lack of awareness of the limitations provided by the Fourth Amendment on the part of those responsible for abiding by its provisions, and lists some of the CIA's most aggressive international interventions that belie Americans' cherished view of their peace-loving, law-abiding nation.

No Place to Hide

Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State

Author: Glenn Greenwald

Publisher: Metropolitan Books

ISBN: 1627790748

Category: Political Science

Page: 272

View: 3343

In May 2013, Glenn Greenwald set out for Hong Kong to meet an anonymous source who claimed to have astonishing evidence of pervasive government spying and insisted on communicating only through heavily encrypted channels. That source turned out to be the 29-year-old NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden, and his revelations about the agency's widespread, systemic overreach proved to be some of the most explosive and consequential news in recent history, triggering a fierce debate over national security and information privacy. As the arguments rage on and the government considers various proposals for reform, it is clear that we have yet to see the full impact of Snowden's disclosures. Now for the first time, Greenwald fits all the pieces together, recounting his high-intensity ten-day trip to Hong Kong, examining the broader implications of the surveillance detailed in his reporting for The Guardian, and revealing fresh information on the NSA's unprecedented abuse of power with never-before-seen documents entrusted to him by Snowden himself. Going beyond NSA specifics, Greenwald also takes on the establishment media, excoriating their habitual avoidance of adversarial reporting on the government and their failure to serve the interests of the people. Finally, he asks what it means both for individuals and for a nation's political health when a government pries so invasively into the private lives of its citizens—and considers what safeguards and forms of oversight are necessary to protect democracy in the digital age. Coming at a landmark moment in American history, No Place to Hide is a fearless, incisive, and essential contribution to our understanding of the U.S. surveillance state.

The Shadow Factory

The Ultra-secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America

Author: James Bamford

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 0307279391

Category: History

Page: 395

View: 1423

A follow-up to The Puzzle Palace and Body of Secrets looks at the National Security Agency in the wake of September 11th, its role in the Bush administration's controversial domestic wiretapping program, and its ongoing search for information about America's elusive enemies. 125,000 first printing.

Network Security Evaluation Using the NSA IEM

Author: Russ Rogers,Ed Fuller,Greg Miles,Bryan Cunningham

Publisher: Elsevier

ISBN: 9780080489438

Category: Computers

Page: 450

View: 3386

Network Security Evaluation provides a methodology for conducting technical security evaluations of all the critical components of a target network. The book describes how the methodology evolved and how to define the proper scope of an evaluation, including the consideration of legal issues that may arise during the evaluation. More detailed information is given in later chapters about the core technical processes that need to occur to ensure a comprehensive understanding of the network’s security posture. Ten baseline areas for evaluation are covered in detail. The tools and examples detailed within this book include both Freeware and Commercial tools that provide a detailed analysis of security vulnerabilities on the target network. The book ends with guidance on the creation of customer roadmaps to better security and recommendations on the format and delivery of the final report. * There is no other book currently on the market that covers the National Security Agency's recommended methodology for conducting technical security evaluations * The authors are well known in the industry for their work in developing and deploying network security evaluations using the NSA IEM * The authors also developed the NSA's training class on this methodology

Freedom and influence

the role of religion in American society : an NSA perspective

Author: George Mason Williams

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780915678136

Category: Religion

Page: 318

View: 9864


Beyond Snowden

Privacy, Mass Surveillance, and the Struggle to Reform the NSA

Author: Timothy H. Edgar

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press

ISBN: 0815730640

Category: Political Science

Page: 272

View: 2588

Safeguarding Our Privacy and Our Values in an Age of Mass Surveillance America’s mass surveillance programs, once secret, can no longer be ignored. While Edward Snowden began the process in 2013 with his leaks of top secret documents, the Obama administration’s own reforms have also helped bring the National Security Agency and its programs of signals intelligence collection out of the shadows. The real question is: What should we do about mass surveillance? Timothy Edgar, a long-time civil liberties activist who worked inside the intelligence community for six years during the Bush and Obama administrations, believes that the NSA’s programs are profound threat to the privacy of everyone in the world. At the same time, he argues that mass surveillance programs can be made consistent with democratic values, if we make the hard choices needed to bring transparency, accountability, privacy, and human rights protections into complex programs of intelligence collection. Although the NSA and other agencies already comply with rules intended to prevent them from spying on Americans, Edgar argues that the rules—most of which date from the 1970s—are inadequate for this century. Reforms adopted during the Obama administration are a good first step but, in his view, do not go nearly far enough. Edgar argues that our communications today—and the national security threats we face—are both global and digital. In the twenty first century, the only way to protect our privacy as Americans is to do a better job of protecting everyone’s privacy. Beyond Surveillance: Privacy, Mass Surveillance, and the Struggle to Reform the NSA explains both why and how we can do this, without sacrificing the vital intelligence capabilities we need to keep ourselves and our allies safe. If we do, we set a positive example for other nations that must confront challenges like terrorism while preserving human rights. The United States already leads the world in mass surveillance. It can lead the world in mass surveillance reform.



Author: Adrian P. Stubbs

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1462836011

Category: Fiction

Page: 315

View: 8748

Inside the pages of The NSA Files, one of America’s most elite and relatively unknown agencies leads the war against all those that have as their main goal, the destruction of the United States of America. It is here where we find that the ultrasecret National Security Agency (NSA) is on the forefront of protecting America from its enemies, many of whom seek to destroy it with both conventional and nuclear weapons. The NSA is working closely with covert and overt agents from the FBI, CIA, DIA, and operatives from the army’s special forces units, Delta Force and the U.S. Navy SEALs, to ensure that the country remains free from the threat of terror and its citizens enjoy life as they wish, without fear. The NSA’s counterintelligence team is led by Philip King, a former lieutenant with the Norfolk (Virginia) Police Department. He quickly advanced up the ranks of this secret intelligence agency to become an assistant director (AD), with responsibility for electronic countersurveillance.

NSA Muscle

Author: Canadian Centre for Architecture,Greg Lynn

Publisher: Canadian Centre for Architecture


Category: Architecture

Page: N.A

View: 4777


Expanded Powers: The FBI, the NSA, and the Struggle Between National Security and Civil Liberties in the Wake of 9/11

Author: Athan Theoharis

Publisher: Now and Then Reader LLC

ISBN: 1937853063

Category: History

Page: N.A

View: 539

In the aftermath of 9/11, and in response to complaints about the nation's intelligence gathering (which might have prevented the terrorist attack), the Bush administration granted expanded powers of surveillance to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Security Agency. The aim was to enable these agencies to uncover terrorist plots before they could be executed. In short, the agencies were to become more pro-active in preventing criminal actions, rather than simply investigating them after the fact. This expanded authority necessarily rekindled a perennial debate in American history: the proper balance between national security and civil liberties, between the government's need to know and its citizens' right to basic freedoms of privacy and thought. In this provocative essay, the foremost historian of the FBI considers the record of the past to assess the results of the broadened powers of the present. Surveying the experience of World War II and the cold war, and comparing them with present-day activities, Athan Theoharis concludes that Americans may feel marginally safer, but at a dangerous cost to their freedoms and to the tenor of our political dialogue.

Body Of Secrets

Author: James Bamford

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1407009206

Category: Political Science

Page: 736

View: 6250

The NSA is the largest, most secretive and most powerful intelligence agency in the world. With a staff of 38,000 people, it dwarfs the CIA in budget, manpower and influence. Recent headlines have linked it to economic espionage throughout Europe and to the ongoing hunt for the terrorist leader Osama bin Laden. James Bamford first penetrated the wall of silence surrounding the NSA in 1982, with the much-talked-about US bestseller THE PUZZLE PALACE. In BODY OF SECRETS he offers shocking new details about the inner workings of the agency, gathered through unique access to thousands of internal documents and interviews with current and former officials. Unveiling extremely sensitive information for the first time, Bamford exposes the role the NSA played in numerous Soviet bloc Cold War conflicts and discusses its undercover involvement in the Vietnam War. His investigation into the NSA's technological advances during the last 15 years brings to light a network of global surveillance ranging from on-line listening posts to sophisticated intelligence-gathering satellites. In a hard-hitting conclusion, he warns the NSA is a double-edged sword: while its worldwide eavesdropping activities offer the potential for tracking down terrorists and uncovering nuclear weapons deals, it also has the capacity to listen in on global personal communications.

NSA Intelligence Collection, Leaks, and the Protection of Classified Information

Background and Issues

Author: Simon Cepeda

Publisher: Nova Science Pub Incorporated

ISBN: 9781629489377

Category: Law

Page: 101

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Media stories about National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance pertain to the unauthorised disclosures of two different intelligence collection programs. These programs arise from provisions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). However, they rely on separate authorities, collect different types of information, and raise different policy questions. This book provides background and issues for Congress with NSA surveillance leaks; provides a primer on some of the fundamental aspects of the security clearance process, using a "frequently asked questions" format; discusses criminal prohibitions on the publication of classified defence information; the legal framework of the protection of classified information; and practices and proposals of the protection of classified information by Congress.

Untangling the Web

The NSA's Guide to Gathering Information on Google

Author: Nsa

Publisher: Peter Young

ISBN: 0984284494

Category: Computers

Page: 652

View: 1169

Use the internet like a real spy. Untangling the Web is the National Security Agency's once-classified guide to finding information on the internet. From the basic to the advanced, this 650-page book offers a fascinating look at tricks the "real spies" use to uncover hidden (and not-so-hidden) information online. Chapters include: Google hacks Metasearch sites Custom search engines Maps & mapping Uncovering the invisible internet Beyond search engines: Specialized research tools Email lookups Finding people Researching companies A plain english guide to interworking Internet toolkits Finding ISPs Cybergeography Internet privacy and security ....and over a hundred more chapters. This quote from the authors hints at the investigative power of the techniques this book teaches: Nothing I am going to describe to you is illegal, nor does it in any way involve accessing unauthorized data, [...but] involves using publicly available search engines to access publicly available information that almost certainly was not intended for public distribution. From search strings that will reveal secret documents from South Africa ( filetype: xls site: za confidential ) to tracking down tables of Russian passwords ( filetype: xls site: ru login ), this is both an instructive and voyeuristic look at how the most powerful spy agency in the world uses Google.

25 Love Poems for the NSA

Author: Iain S. Thomas

Publisher: Central Avenue Publishing

ISBN: 1771680083

Category: Poetry

Page: 25

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Warning.Every poem in this book has one or more words init that have been taken from the NSA’s watch list.A full list of the words appears at the back of thisbook.By transmitting this book via email or other means,you are liable to be tracked by the NSA as apotential terrorist threat.This book is dedicated to how ridiculous that is.