Tales from the history of NSA spying

The NSA's first large-scale domestic surveillance project began in 1945 — when the organization began reading American's telegrams.


  1. Hmm, 1945… So, did reading American telegrams disrupt over 20 anarchist plots, or had we graduated from anarchists to communists by that point?

  2. in other words, this new NSA stuff isn’t a big deal, and 68 years of this sort of thing hasn’t caused the country to implode. just as i thought.

  3. We’ve been reading people’s telegrams longer than that.  The NSA’s predecessor the Black Chamber was formed in 1919, so that makes it close to a century.

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