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.

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  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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