1. During the early stages of World War I the German government unleashed an aggressive campaign of sabotage and spying on U.S. soil.  Today we explore this “secret war” and the little-known stories behind the “first terrorist cell in America” with author Howard Blum. He explains the early attempts at sabotage:

"The logic of the German spy masters — and this was a very narrow logic, and I don’t think they understood the American mind — [was that] if they could keep America occupied, if America had to worry about what was happening at home — to its own munitions factories, to its own even subways and bridges — if America had to fear what was happening along the home front, then they wouldn’t have … the volition to want to go off and fight in a war across an ocean."


photo of the Black Tom explosion in 1916 via Smithsonian/wikimedia commons

    During the early stages of World War I the German government unleashed an aggressive campaign of sabotage and spying on U.S. soil.  Today we explore this “secret war” and the little-known stories behind the “first terrorist cell in America” with author Howard Blum. He explains the early attempts at sabotage:

    "The logic of the German spy masters — and this was a very narrow logic, and I don’t think they understood the American mind — [was that] if they could keep America occupied, if America had to worry about what was happening at home — to its own munitions factories, to its own even subways and bridges — if America had to fear what was happening along the home front, then they wouldn’t have … the volition to want to go off and fight in a war across an ocean."

    photo of the Black Tom explosion in 1916 via Smithsonian/wikimedia commons

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  1. I’ve interviewed a number of collectors who worked in Iraq and Afghanistan, and one of their complaints is, ‘I’m sitting in a foxhole and I’ve got 3,000 emails coming in from Washington every morning with all the latest intelligence. And the guy said, ‘It’s wonderful that they’re sharing this stuff with me; I just wish they were a little more selective about what they were sending me.’

    — Matthew Aid says says intelligence analysts are drowning in raw data.

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  1. The NSA was spending billions of dollars on new collection systems and vast amounts of computer hardware and software, and jamming it into its headquarters, but did not build additional power stations to keep the systems up and running. So you had these embarrassing instances … where if you plugged in a coffee pot, you literally could knock of the electricity for an entire wing at NSA headquarters.

    — Historian Matthew Aid details why America’s spies are struggling to keep up.

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  1. Tomorrow: NSA Historian Matthew Aid takes us behind the doors of the National Security Administration in the years after September 11.

US Navy Cryptanalytic Bombe (by brewbooks)

    Tomorrow: NSA Historian Matthew Aid takes us behind the doors of the National Security Administration in the years after September 11.

    US Navy Cryptanalytic Bombe (by brewbooks)

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  1. The CIA has a large collection of FOIA documents online, including this 91-page report (pdf) on brainwashing.  View in High-Res

    The CIA has a large collection of FOIA documents online, including this 91-page report (pdf) on brainwashing. 

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  1. Monday: Former CIA operatives (and husband-and-wife) Robert and Dayna Baer know how to scan a crowd for assassins, how to use a gun, and how to escape when someone ambushes a car.
But old habits die hard: Robert says that when he’s driving, if a car stops short in front of him, he always still looks for where he’s going to ram the car.
Bodyworn Surveillance Equipment (by CIAgov)

    Monday: Former CIA operatives (and husband-and-wife) Robert and Dayna Baer know how to scan a crowd for assassins, how to use a gun, and how to escape when someone ambushes a car.

    But old habits die hard: Robert says that when he’s driving, if a car stops short in front of him, he always still looks for where he’s going to ram the car.

    Bodyworn Surveillance Equipment (by CIAgov)

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