posted on Jun, 28 2010 @ 07:16 PM
It isn't so much that each story covered is earth-shattering, it is the ability to link the actions so that the tapestry of events begin to make
sense, because they are finally being presented in the context of how they developed and proliferated.
One of the major aspects of the story deals with how the U.S., when they entered WW I, had no major codebreaking capabilities. However, it was Room
40 for the British that intercepted and decoded the Zimmerman Telegram, that really helped change American neutraility toward the Britis enough to
lead us into the battle.
As a result, Herbert Yardley was given the fledgling operation designation as the Eighth Section of Military Intelligence, or MI-8. During the war,
they began to make headway into leading the U.S. into the 20th Century for intelligence operations. Because he wanted to be away from all of the
political games, etc., in Washington, Yardley set up the headquarters of his operation in NYC. For those who can remember, think about how the "Man
from U.N.C.L.E." was set up there, based on the stories that came out about MI-8. While I don't want to go into great detail here, it was what
later happened to MI-8, which Yardley called "The Black Chamber" that set up the pattern that would be followed by so many later intelligence
operations. Once you see what happened to MI-8, and understand their dynamics, so many other intelligence operations throughout the century begin to
In fact, as the first Federal function to receive funding from Congress without any itemization of the purpose of the funds, MI-8 became the first
classified budget function within the U.S. Government. As it dealt with the "Black Chamber," these items became known as "Black" functions or
operations. That is how the term "Black ops" and all of the related "Black" [aka secret, covert, classified] references came into being.
Obviously, the story in the book is very complex, but this is just a small sample of what the book will contain.