posted on Sep, 26 2013 @ 12:21 AM
reply to post by cavtrooper7
Back on topic:
Although not specifically Area 51 related I'm currently reading 'Body of secrets' by James Banford seems to be a pretty good spy book
"Body of Secrets" was the first James Bamford book I read. The guy is a very methodical researcher. I then went back and read the earlier "Puzzle
Palace." There is a bit of overlap between the books, perhaps assuming nobody would bother to go back to read the older text. If you like "Body of
Secrets", I'd suggest getting the "Shadow Factory" as your next Bamford NSA book. The "Puzzle Palace" goes back more into the history of the
NSA, touching on Army Signal Intelligence. SIGINT was a big deal during Vietnam, not that much of the gear worked well. Some of the places mentioned
in those Bamford books no longer exist. Skaggs Island and Mare Island are now all civilian housing. Two Rock Ranch, which was Army SIGINT, is now used
by the Coast Guard.
I think I posted the story on the forum once about the Russian spy the CHP caught trying to sniff signals from either Mare Island or Skaggs and Mount
Diablo. The CHP found this van parked by the side of the road with a funny antenna, investigated, and found the Russian with all the comm gear. The
P-3 on patrol at the time was given a heads up, but nothing much happened. Well except the Russian got deported. The Navy pulled their gear from Mt.
Diablo as far as I know, given that the Skaggs and Mare were shutdown. The Navy repeater on Mt. Diablo chirped for years because they left the site
powered, but not maintained.
While I'm sure the NSA does their share of SIGINT these days, it gather they are behave more like internet hackers. The "Shadow Factory" goes into
how they tapped the fiber optic cables.
This is an interesting website that shows the fiber optic cable routes, though not exactly, and who owns them.
submarine cable map
I have a few NSA documents I got when I visited the museum they have just off base. [I think it was an old motel at one time. You will be impressed at
how ratty it is, given the budget of the NSA.] The document goes into one of the early applications of signal intelligence, namely catching
Moonshiners with direction finding gear. [The rest of the story being the southern boys making moonshine drove really fast cars, which lead to