Saturday, March 13, 2010

Body of Secrets



Operation Northwoods and other proposed secret military operations are described in detail in James Bamford's Body of Secrets, in which he takes on the National Security Agency, which sounds a lot like the "war room" in Dr. Strangelove,

The most controversial aspect of Bamford's study doubtless will be his detailed description and analyses of various crises in which NSA electronic eavesdroppers played a part: The U-2 affair of 1960, the Bay of Pigs invasion of 1961, the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin crisis, the attack on the U. S. S. Liberty off Israel in 1967, the Pueblo incident off China in 1968, the Vietnam War, and last year's sinking of the Russian submarine Kursk. In each case, NSA ears were listening.

He has since written Shadow Factory, which covers the period between 9/11 and 2008.

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