Coded Messages: How the CIA and NSA Hoodwink Congress and the People

Coded Messages: How the CIA and NSA Hoodwink Congress and the People

Coded Messages: How the CIA and NSA Hoodwink Congress and the People

Coded Messages: How the CIA and NSA Hoodwink Congress and the People

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It isn’t necessary to be crazy to be a cryptanalysis, but it
always helps
.—Joseph Rochefort (from Op-20-G)

Once up on a time during the beginning years of the agricultural era in the fertile basin around the Mediterranean, there were two nomadic tribes. As usual, when they encountered each other, the elders shared a camp fire and exchanged gifts. One tribe mentioned that they had nine families each with six sheep. The other tribe had six families with nine sheep. It never occurred to the elders that both tribes had exactly the same number of sheep. Any fourth grader would know that. That 6×9 = 9×6. You have never met a reasonably bright person who does not think this is trivial. It is not trivial, and millions of bright people to whom this was not obvious lived and died before algebra was commonplace. The multiplication tables and the basic ideas of algebra are not trivial or obvious unless you have been schooled in that perspective. If you think reciprocity of multiplication is a trivial concept . . .

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