Required reading for those who think the NSA's excesses are somehow new. Tags: books , censorship , control , courts , FOIA , history of security , intelligence , national security policy , NSA , reputation , secrecy , whistleblowers. Very good point. The US has been reluctant to empower an intelligence elite that moves outside of the checks and balances that apply to the three branches of our government. No one wants a rogue organization that sits above the three branches of our successful system.
|Published (Last):||23 May 2004|
|PDF File Size:||19.79 Mb|
|ePub File Size:||2.19 Mb|
|Price:||Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]|
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.
So sensitive was the information uncovered that the agency twice attempted to suppress the book, threatened the author with prosecution, and even raided one of the libraries he used.
This is a brilliant account of the use and abuse of technological espionage. Rating details. Book ratings by Goodreads. Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book.
Close X. Learn about new offers and get more deals by joining our newsletter. Sign up now. Follow us. Coronavirus delivery updates.
The Puzzle Palace
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions.
The N.S.A.’s Chief Chronicler
James Bamford. It is the most secret agency within the United States Government. It was established not by law but by a top secret presidential memorandum that has been seen by only a very few officials. Yet it is many times larger than the CIA, spends many billions of dollars more per year, and its director is possibly the most powerful official in the American intelligence community. It is the National Security Agency. In the three decades since President Truman secretly created the agency in , the NSA has managed to elude publicity to an extraordinary degree.
The Puzzle Palace is a book written by James Bamford and published in It is the first major, popular work devoted entirely to the history and workings of the National Security Agency NSA , a United States intelligence organization. According to security expert Bruce Schneier , the book was popular within the NSA itself, as "the agency's secrecy prevents its employees from knowing much about their own history". The NSA describes Bamford's research process in a partially declassified history of postwar American cryptography. 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.