Ok. This is certainly not the only time he does this, and it's not the only mistake by far, but it's one that always catches my eye.
When I identified myself they asked if I would please step outside the office where they flashed NSA (National Security Agency) credentials. I was
subsequently invited for coffee at the Westover Air Force Base in nearby Chicopee.
Now, this is part of the tale in conjunction with finding out the secret of Poker Flat. He's been told this story by two ex-Navy guys at the supposed
secret Navy base there. So, some time later, these NSA guys show up and take him to Westover, interrogate him for hours and what not.
Now, I'm pretty sure it's not the only time he invokes NSA guys, I haven't taken the time to scour through the story again this evening. But
here's the issue. The Navy guys that supposedly breached were Navy, and their security clearances and any NDAs would have been Navy.
NSA doesn't have squat to do with breaches of national security, despite the name. NSA has two missions - SIGINT, and Information Assurance, which is
another name for crypto. IA develops, for instance, crypto parts and algorithms that go into military comm gear, and they spend lots of time breaking
other people's crypto. If you used a SINCGARS, for example, the SAVILLE algorithm that's in the radio came right from IA.
The SIGINT guys are the ones that listen to your cell phones and internet traffic, and run the Echelon system. They buy lots of DSP boards and high
speed numeric processors, and when you see stories in the news about the latest quantum this or that with a few teraflops of performance, like as not
it's the SIGINT guys that want it. They are the world's foremost consumer of DSP, vector and array processors, and supercomputers. Or at least they
still were last time I looked.
Now, if you leave IA's little binary files with the SAVILLE algorithm lying around in the open, an NSA guy with a badge will come a'callin and knock
you on the head with a rubber hammer. They are very antsy about that sort of thing.
But for the most part, to work at NSA you don't need to be Jack Bauer, you need to be a mathematician, a physicist, a cryptographer or what not. They
hire LOTS of EE's. They also like linguists and CS majors; if you're good with reading political news and picking out patterns they like that too.
But there's not any openings for NSA headknockers to amount to anything, because it's not their mission. They have a Ft Meade NSA police force, but
that's about it.
Now in the movies, you see a lot of stuff like Enemy of the State where they run around with minivans watching from satellites with physically
impossible resolutions in real time, and they're all murderous villains. In reality, the ones I've seen drink Jolt, eat Cheetos and are pasty faced
and overweight from too many hours at work, living on snack machine food and working under fluorescent lights.
What doesn't happen in real life, is that you have "NSA agents" who run around enforcing NDAs. If you see anyone claiming "NSA agents" do this,
it's a red flag. He didn't mistakenly type that either, he says NSA card, NSA ID, NSA this that and the other. NSA not only doesn't have
headknockers, they don't even surveill US citizens unless it's under really oddball circumstances. There are some NSA field agents that collect
SIGINT in the field, there's a few IA guys that come drop off your crypto if you're into designing encrypted comms for the gubmint but no Jack
Bauer/Sgt Joe Friday types. That's not their mission, it's not their profile, it's not in their charter, they can't do it.
Seriously, if you see someone saying they were NSA and in the course of their job they assassinated someone or whatnot, you can immediately adjust
your perception of their truthfulness. Not that there aren't people that do this, there are, just not the NSA. It would be like someone from NGA or
NRO coming over. "Hands up, we're with the NGA!!" Nuh-uh.
Anyway, if you were active Navy, what would happen is that the ONI guys would come pay you a visit, or if you were on base the Navy MPs would show up
and take you into custody. Retired Navy, you still signed that agreement with the Navy. What would happen to ME on the Army side of things is I'd be
arrested by Army Intel in conjunction with the FBI. I'd expect the Navy solution would be similar - a tag team ONI/FBI would pick you up. The FBI has
law enforcement jurisdiction. They can have local law enforcement nab you as well and hold you for delivery. They can also use US Marshals to do it.
In a pinch I'm pretty sure the military police could come to your house and grab you, although it's my understanding they probably wouldn't. But
what you would NOT see would be CIA (unless you absconded to another country) or NSA. You'd be held in a federal detention facility and prosecuted in
the federal court system. Active military would be court martialed.
I'd also give you a small percentage chance that DIA might catch you having violated an NDA with a military service IF they got intel that a military
system had been compromised, and had sufficient info to link it to you. But in the end, the punch line is that they'd get in contact with the Navy
and turn you in, and you'd still see the FBI a-knockin'.
The fact that this guy creams over the secret NSA police force that's enforcing his informants' Navy NDAs tells you a lot about the rest of the